Greyleaves | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Greyleaves
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 13-15 Greyleaves Avenue, Burradoo, NSW 2576
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13-15 Greyleaves AvenueBurradooWingecarribee  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Grey Leaves is significant in contributing to the creative accomplishment of 20th century architectural design in both the local region and state. The building is a particularly fine and intact representative (the most intact of Wilkinson's houses in the Bowral area) of an "Interwar Mediterranean" villa, and more generally of the work of its architect Leslie Wilkinson, displaying a high degree of integrity in its aesthetic qualities and a high quality of workmanship in its construction.
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Designer/Maker: Wilkinson, Leslie
Builder/Maker: S.P. Walsh
Physical description: A romantic and accomplished fusion of the Meditrranean vernacular with its simple fenestration pattern of shuttered sash windows, pergolas and loggias and the simple Colonial Georgian style. Built in rendered brick with a cream lime wash (now pink), deep grey blue shutters and Marseilles tiled roof, the house is approached by a long drive past a loggia extending the whole length of the bedroom wing and into a walled garden complete with a lily pond, fountain and espaliered apple and plum trees across the walls. At the corner of the house is a shallow porch leading from the entrance hall, which opens a small sunny sitting room. Along the hall is the kitchen and service wing. Adjoining the large rectangular sitting room with stone fireplace and heavy beamed ceiling there is a small panelled dining room and opposite a corridor giving access to three bedrooms and bathrooms. From these rooms which have lowered ceilings, there are views through the loggia to the garden.
The doors are of Queensland maple while the floor is Western Australian jarrah. The extensive and attractive garden was designed and planted by Dr. Godsall. To the rear of the house across a stone paved courtyard is the garage along with other outbuildings.
Further information: Listed by The Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
Listed in the Local Environmental Plan for Wingecarribee, 1989.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Greyleaves was designed by Professor Leslie Wilkinson as a country house for
Dr Robert Godsall in the early 1930's. The house was built for 2,640 pounds in 1934. Originally 3.5 acres, the property was subdivided in the early 1980's.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant statewide.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant statewide.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWLEP 2010I07216 Jun 10   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  12 Jan 90 00700288
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991WI0072JRC Planning Services  Yes
Data base updating as part of Heritage Adviser duties.2007 Peter Kabaila and the people of Wingecarribee Shire.  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  RAIA Twentieth Century Buildings of Significance (NSW Chapter)
WrittenEditor: S. Falkiner1982Leslie Wilkinson

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2680072

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