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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 28 Park Road, Bulli, NSW 2516
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
28 Park RoadBulliWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 28 Park Road is of significance for Wollongong for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a rare example of fine timber residences exhibiting characteristics of transitional styles from late Victorian and Federation periods. The substantial dwelling presents as having a high degree of integrity when viewed externally, and makes a very important contribution to the townscape character and identity. The house is situated in a large lot and features elements of fine craftsmanship.
Date significance updated: 13 Feb 18
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Physical description: Single storey residence of the late Victorian / early Federation period, important in the local townscape and a good example of fine residential architecture. Main features include hipped corrugated iron roof with encircling verandah, now infilled on both sides, timber weatherboards and brick base. The house has mixed features of various periods, with general form Victorian and details of Federation and later periods (like with simple timber posts, timber brackets, an intriguing gable above entry to verandah, brick chimney and elements of joinery).
Modifications and dates: Modern tiles detract from architectural quality, minor modifications out of character.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The LTO Records (OS Bk 3739 No. 8) indicate that this property was initially part of the Grant to William Bowman in 1841. It was subsequently transferred to James Holden and comprised Lot 9 and part of Lot 10 of the subdivision of James Holden's Estate. The house was sold in October 1970 from R Thomson to N & D Fessey, and changed hands again in 1988. Registered changes to the property include addition of garage in 1977, additions to the house in 1992, and replacement of the garage in 2008.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic 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 Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009617526 Feb 10 2010-76 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B53-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonBrian McDonald & Steve Dillon No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136175Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700514

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