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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 11 Station Street, Thirroul, NSW 2515
Parish: Wollongong
County: Camden
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
11 Station StreetThirroulWollongong CityWollongongCamdenPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 11 Station Street is of significance for Wollongong LGA for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a representative example of fine timber residences of the first qarter of the 20th Century, of relatively rare quality of craftmanship and aesthetics in the local area context. The substantial and aesthetically distinguished dwelling presents as having a high degree of integrity when viewed externally, and makes a very important contribution to the character and identity of Thirroul township. The house is situated in original gardens, on the property as initially subdivided in the 1920s, and this allotment contributes to the significance in its own right. Elements of excellent craftsmanship include timber external cladding, internal lining, and decorative features.
Date significance updated: 04 Dec 14
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Physical description: Single storey residence of Interwar period with the late Edwardian features important in the local townscape and a good example of fine residential architecture of its period of construction. Use of features of earlier periods is, to a degree, typical for Illawarra region. Main architectural features of the house include timber structure, rectangular plan with faceted projecting bay, timber cladding and lining with decorative elements, hipped roof with extending verandah returning to one side. Roofing is now tiled, but would originally have been corrugated iron. Important decorative timber elements include verandah posts, valances and brackets, bay gable bargeborads, finial and other woodwork. Roof features a small gabled vent and small chimney. Elements of architecture of the period include those of Queen Anne style (flying gable, ornamental timber brackets) and some Gothic influence (prominent finial etc). Fence is sympathetic.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition (1990)
Date condition updated:21 Feb 00
Further information: New roofing compromises integrity and character of house.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Lot 6 of the Ocean View Estate (DP 5544) subdivided by Francis Robinson, miner of Thirroul was transferred to Robert Frew, stationmaster of Meadowbank on 21 October 1922. (CT 2169 f 72) He built this dwelling shortly afterwards. The September 1925 valuation by the Valuer-General listed Robert Frew of Ryde as the owner of a weatherboard cottage of four rooms and kitchen with outbuildings and an iron roof with an improved capital value of £600. (Valuer-General, Valuation Cards, Bulli, B Riding, Station St, SRNSW 13/7522, No 1666) It was transferred to Edward Albert Stacey, stationmaster of Thirroul for £775 on 14 September 1927. (CT 3391 f 246) (Terry Kass, 2011). The property has since changed hands.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
SHR Criteria f)
The item has rarity.
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 is some potential for rear additions. No alterations or additions should change views to the house from publicly accessible areas. Any fabric repairs should follow original details in form, material and finish. Roofing may be replaced with corrugated iron. In internal changes, timber wall lining should be retained and exposed.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 1990 07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009615626 Feb 10 2010-76 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B31-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonCatherine Macarthur No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136156Zoran 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: 2700504

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