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Item details

Name of item: Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 15 Hay Street, Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
15 Hay StreetHelensburghWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 15 Hay Street is of significance for Wollongong for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a representative example of Interwar houses in the local area featuring belated Federation period elements and details. The house, built c. 1926, presents as having a high degree of integrity when viewed externally, and strongly contributes to the streetscape and townscape character.
Date significance updated: 25 Nov 14
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Construction years: 1926-
Physical description: Single storey house clad in weatherboard to the sill level and in fibro asbestos above sill level. Roof is hip with projecting gable, clad in unglazed terracotta tiles. Projecting gable has terracotta ram's horn finial, timber ladder decoration and timber fanlike brackets. Two tall brick chimneys are with corbels and one terracotta pot with hat. Verandah runs across front to the projecting gable, with roof extending from the main roof. Verandah is supported by timber posts with fretted timber brackets. Windows are multi-paned casement windows with painted timber sills and architraves. Window below projecting gable has metal awning on decorative brackets. Front door is timber multi-pane door. Front fence is timber picket fence and timber gate.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good Condition
Date condition updated:07 Feb 00
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Lot 1 of Section 5 of the Village of Helensburgh West was auctioned by the Crown on 13 July 1895. It was still vacant land when it was transferred for £15 to James Radford Wilkinson, carrier of Helensburgh on 11 October 1924. (CT 1183 f 35; Valuer-General, Valuation Cards, Bulli, A Riding, Hay St, SRNSW 13/7519 No 283) He mortgaged it to the Government Savings Bank on 25 January 1926 to erect this dwelling. (CT 3655 f 134)

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
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. No alterations should alter the views to the house from publicly accessible areas. Any fabric repairs should follow original details in form, material and finish.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009612126 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B23-HMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonBrian McDonald No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136121Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700475

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