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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 10 Cliff Parade, Thirroul, NSW 2515
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
10 Cliff ParadeThirroulWollongong City  Primary Address
corner Cliff Parade and Spray StreetThirroulWollongong City  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 10 Cliff Parade 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 addressing the street corner presents as having a high degree of integrity when viewed externally, and makes a very important contribution to the character and identity of Thirroul. Elements of excellent craftsmanship include features of Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts architectural styles.
Date significance updated: 07 Apr 17
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Construction years: 1910-1911
Physical description: An architectural element of high aesthetic value. This Federation Queen Anne style is not common in the region. Good example timber residence of northern Illawarra. (Contributes towards the township image of Thirroul being promoted by local Township Enhancement Committee). Single storey residence of the Federation period, important in the local townscape and a good example of fine residential architecture. Main features include asymmetrical main elevation with projecting bays to both streets and verandah to the corner, weatherboard walls, timber detailing, hipped and gabled roof (now clad in intrusive tiles) and timber verandah posts and valance.
Date condition updated:21 Feb 00
Further information: Redevelopments and unsympathetic renovations continue to reduce the number of these buildings.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: "10 Cliff Parade was bought by Frederick William Henry of Drummoyne, timber merchant, from George McCauley on the 24th March 1910. (Lot 13 was part of 60 acres originally granted to Thomas Rose by crown grant on the 9th of April 1835.) The house was either constructed that year or in 1911, presumably from the excellent timber that the owner would have had access to.The property then passed through a number of owners over the next 30 years. Since 1944, however, it has only had 2 owners. It was transferred to Arthur Herbert Hooldships, a Sydney solicitor, in 1911. In 1912 it was transferred to Selina Day, wife of John Edwin Day of Dulwich Hill, Brass Founder (for her sole and separate use). In 1916 it was transferred to William Andrew Brown of Thirroul, engine driver. It was mortgaged to Selina Day until 1922. Brown remortgaged the property in 1925 to Edith Madge Cotton of Orange, spinster. In 1928 the property was transferred to the War Service Homes Commissioner.

In 1944 it was transferred to Harry Maddinson of Thirroul, retired. In 1980 it was transferred to the current owner." (Alexander, 2017)

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has landscape, architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
SHR Criteria g)
The item has representative value.
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. Change of roof cladding is recommended.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009615426 Feb 10 2010-76 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B28 - NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonCatherine Macarthur No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136154Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700502

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