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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 6 Lachlan Street, Thirroul, NSW 2515
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Lachlan StreetThirroulWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 6 Lachlan Street 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 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: 11 Dec 14
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Physical description: Single storey residence of the Federation period, important in the local townscape and a good example of fine residential architecture. Main features include symmetrical main elevation with projecting bays, weatherboard walls, hipped corrugated iron roof extending above the front verandah, and timber posts and valance.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Lot 64 of Hewitt’s Third Subdivision was transferred to Samuel James Adams, gentleman of Thirroul and his wife Rosanna Ellen on 14 September 1917 (CT 1923 f 21) who built this house. The land was mortgaged to the English, Scottish and Australian Bank on 12 November 1917 followed by another mortgage to Vera Winifred Burling, spinster of Fairy Meadow on 10 May 1921 for £320. The property was transferred on 26 September 1921 to Hugh Richard Davis, machinist of Thirroul for £300 plus the £320 owed on the outstanding mortgage to Burling. (CT 2597 f 248; Dealing A749148). The September 1925 valuation by the Valuer-General listed Hugh R Davis, loftsman of Lachlan Street as the owner of a three roomed weatherboard iron-roofed cottage with a basement with an improved capital value of £550. (Valuer-General, Valuation Cards, Bulli, B Riding, Lachlan St, SRNSW 13/7521, No 683) (Terry Kass, 2011)

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has group, architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
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. 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 2009616826 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B75-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonBrian Macdonald & Steve Dillon No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136168Zoran 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: 2700531

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