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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 227 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, NSW 2515
Parish: Wollongong
County: Camden
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
227 Lawrence Hargrave DriveThirroulWollongong CityWollongongCamdenPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 227 Lawrence Hargrave Drive is of significance for Wollongong for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a representative example of fine timber residences of the turn of the 20th Century, of rare quality in the local area context. The aesthetically distinguished dwelling retains much of its original qualities, albeit it was modified, and continues to make an important contribution to the character and identity of Thirroul. Elements of excellent craftsmanship include features of Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts architectural styles. The house shares part of its early history and some features with the adjoining 229 Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
Date significance updated: 16 Dec 14
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Physical description: Single storey residence of the Federation period, with later alterations and additions.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Existing iron lace verandah out of period.
Date condition updated:21 Feb 00
Modifications and dates: Front fence, paint scheme lace to verandah added 1988 - 89
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Thomas Davies, miner of Helensburgh transferred lot 3 of Sec I of the Thirroul Park Estate to William Baker of Parramatta, master baker on 22 April 1913. (C T 1768 f 103) Baker probably built this house, which transferred it to his wife Emily Sarah Baker on 5 December 1913. (C T 2368 f 198) On 15 June 1914, when Baker purchased the adjacent property (now 229 Lawrence Hargrave Drive) he was living at Thirroul. (C T 2349 f 183) The 1925 valuation by the Valuer-General listed a four roomed weatherboard cottage with an iron roof with a kitchen with an improved capital value of £725 named ‘Ingalara’. (Valuer-General, Valuation Cards, Bulli, B Riding, ‘Main Road’, SRNSW 13/7521, No 772) (Terry Kass, 2011)

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
SHR Criteria g)
The item has representative value.
Integrity/Intactness: The item has integrity.
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.

Recommended management:

Retain and conserve. There appears to be very little potential for future additions and alterations. Any fabric repairs should follow original details in form, material and finish.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009616326 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  11 Aug 93   
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 1990 07 Jan 00 1/200069

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B39-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonBrian MacDonald & Steve Dillon No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136163Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenTerry Kass2011Historical Study

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700047

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