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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 242 Princes Highway, Bulli, NSW 2516
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
242 Princes HighwayBulliWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 242 Princes Highway is of significance for the Wollongong area for historical and aesthetic reasons and as a rare example of two-storey weatherboard houses in the area. The house has features of Federation filigree style, it is readily identifiable as part of historical building stock and continues to contribute to the streetscape character.
Date significance updated: 11 Apr 17
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Physical description: Two storey weatherboard house has roof concealed behind parapet and a front single storey addition with gable roof. First floor verandah runs across front and is with metal roof with gable at the center, supported by timber posts. Gable has decorative pattern and timber finial. Verandah is supported by timber posts and has diagonal lattice screen balustrade and same screen on both sides. Front window on ground floor level is a three part multi pane casement window. Side windows on both levels are timber sash and casement windows with decorative timber sills. Front door is timber door with transom light above and sidelights. Verandah on ground floor has diagonal lattice screen balustrade and privacy screens on sides. Front fence is timber picket fence on masonry wall, with recessed timber picket fence.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: The property was part of the Portion 18 Granted to William Bowman in 1841. It was part of land conveyed from Henry Deane to James Holden in 1874 and subsequently included in the Holden's Subdivision (as part of Lot 20 of that subdivision, ref. OS Bk 552 No. 145). C. 1909, it was owned and occupied by Mrs Margaret Downie (DP 66053) and may have been built for her. LTO records list that it was purchased by Donald Roberts, Pharmacist (presumably as investment) and from him sold to Robert Upton, Brickyard Employee and his wife Vivian, before it was sold to Mavis Brown in 1964 for a sum of $6,000 (LTO OS Bk. 2688 No. 423 and Bk. 3647 No. 523). Subdivision of the rear (comprising today's 19 Gwyther Avenue) was approved in 1959 (DP 161605). At the time, DP recorded the footprint of 2 storey building, closely matching that of today. (LTO/LPI CT 15408-35). The property has changed ownership numerous times since.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing in villages and suburbs-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria f)
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. Any eventual alterations should not impact on the views to the house from publicly accessible areas. Fabric repairs and maintenance should follow original details in form, material and finish. Ideally, reconstruction should include filigree cast iron and timber post details of the verandah.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan   1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009618526 Feb 10 2010-76 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B66-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonCatherine Macarthur. No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136185Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700524

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