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Chevalier College (Former Riversdale Group of Buildings and Garden)

Item details

Name of item: Chevalier College (Former Riversdale Group of Buildings and Garden)
Other name/s: Riversdale (Former)
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 566 Moss Vale Road, Burradoo, NSW 2576
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
566 Moss Vale RoadBurradooWingecarribee  Primary Address
Between Charlotte St, Eridge Park Rd, Moss Vale RoadBurradooWingecarribee  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Chevalier College's Riversdale House is significant in its associations with the Osbornes; descendents of early settlers in the district. Is significant within the State as a fine and relatively rare example of the smaller scale domestic buildings of the eminent architect John Horbury Hunt using the somewhat "showy" (ref. JM Freeland) and elaborate "Arts & Crafts" style detailing made famous by his own house "Cranbrook Cottage" at Rose Bay (now demolished). More generally it has significance as an early, well crafted and somewhat idiosyncratic example of a style made popular during the Federation period and here characterised by a high degree of integrity and individual flair in its aesthetic qualities.
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Designer/Maker: Hunt, John Horbury
Construction years: 1880-1891
Physical description: A large rambling weatherboard building of 1 & 2 storeys added to and altered over the years. Oldest part of building at southern end is a 2 storeyed, gable roofed residence with detailing characteristic of the work of architect John Horbury Hunt including:
. asymmetrical plan and elevations,
. timber shingle cladding to gables,
. turned timber verandah columns,
. face brickwork chimneys with large mouldings, and
. timber framed casement windows with fan-lights.
Roof dormers line the east and west roof slopes, the windows on the western side having leadlight glazing. The extensions to the north of the original residence (added in 1891) were also designed by Hunt and generally match the character of the earlier building. These additions originally housed a large and finely detailed ballroom with leadlight glazing to windows and doors. Covered ways linked the addition to the earlier house. The northern most wing of the building - the chapel - is generally detailed in the character of the original house with steeply pitched gabled roof, louvred timber gable vents and shingle clad walls. The leadlight casement windows also feature unusual externally mounted, ornamental, hooded shutter reveals.
Modifications and dates: Extensive additions both early sympathetic and more recent non-sympathetic. Infilling of front verandah and various changes internally.
Further information:
Current use: Residential, Educational
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: More historical information is needed about the original owners, the
Osborne family and subsequent owners, including use as a school. Dating comes
from similarity to Horbury Hunt's own home Cranbrook Cottage in Rose Bay
(built 1875). Extensions in 1891 landed him in a lawsuit to get back unpaid

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)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant regionally.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally.
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 2010I18916 Jun 10   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  12 Jan 90 00700289
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991WI0189JRC Planning Services  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Father Mooney, Chevalier College

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2680189

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