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Federation House

Item details

Name of item: Federation House
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 511 Princes Highway, Woonona, NSW 2517
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
511 Princes HighwayWoononaWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 511 Princes Highway is of significance for Wollongong area for historical and aesthetic reasons and as a representative example of fine Federation period residential architecture in the area. The house is readily identifiable as part of historical building stock, it strongly contributes to the streetscape and it is an important element in the townscape character. Architecturally, it is a good example of a simple Federation period house set within a large garden curtilage that displays a high degree of integrity for this period of construction.
Date significance updated: 14 Jan 20
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Physical description: Single storey brick residence with slate roof and bullnosed corrugated iron verandah across the front to the projecting bay. The roof is decorated with terracotta cappings. The verandah stretches from the projecting bay to the privacy wall on the other end, with a turned timpber post in the centre. The projecting bay features a pair of narrow tall windows with segmental arch tops, double hung sashes 1/1, and rendered moulded sills. The gable is decorated with wide bargeboards, a terracotta finial and a roughcast rendered plate with decorative motif in the gable top. A corbelled brick chimney is also typical of the period. House has brick foundations. Front fence is low brick wall with metal railing, c. 1950s, with matching gate.
Modifications and dates: More recent front fence addition not in style of house.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: The property is part of the 1841 Original Grant of 1920 acres to R and C Campbell. After initial transactions in the 19th century, land was subdivided as part of the Woonona Estate Subdivision of W Monie in 1891 (previously owned by Mr Hayes). Registered development activities include 2007 boundary adjustment and building works in 1992 and 1997.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has landmark, 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. Any additions are to be located in separate pavilion and connected on the ground level.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanHouse619826 Feb 10 2010-76 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B78-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonSteve Dillon No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136198Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700534

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