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House "The Ridge"

Item details

Name of item: House "The Ridge"
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 7-9 Hawthorn Street, Tarrawanna, NSW 2518
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7-9 Hawthorn StreetTarrawannaWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

"The Ridge" house at 7-9 Hawthorn 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 house was occupied by mine manager from its creation in 1896 until 1986. 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 the Tarrawanna local area. The house is situated in large formal terraced gardens, at entrance to Corrimal Colliery with which it was associated. Elements of excellent craftsmanship include features of Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts architectural styles.
Date significance updated: 25 Sep 14
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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 slated roof with vented gablets and terracotta capings and finials, encircling verandah with simple timber posts and timber valance, and Queen Anne-style rendered chimneys.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair/good condition.
Date condition updated:01 Mar 00
Modifications and dates: House unmodified externally. Garden very run down, basic structure remains and some original planting.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: "The Ridge" was built to house the managers of the Corrimal Mine. The house was occupied by six mine managers between 1893 and 1985 (according to R Irving, 20th Century Architecture: 1896-1986). The first occupant was Mr Pendleton, followed by Mr Dixon, then William Jones, Harold Campbell, William Brisbane and John Sleigh. There are extent stone walls and some plantings that are remnants of formal terraced gardens. (abridged from study by M Hutton and G Borst).

(Based on Illawarra Escarpment Heritage Assessment, 2007, by Mayne-Wilson & Associates and Heritage Futures in association with Godden Mackay Logan): In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was the common practice for mining companies to build a house for the mine manager. The mine manger’s house was usually within easy walking distance of the mine, sometimes in a group of houses built for other key employees. The mine mangers house is usually distinguished by a combination of attributes: its siting - with a view of the mine or the locality -, its size larger that other houses (often with verandahs on all sides), and with a large well-developed garden sometimes including a tennis court. A mine manager’s house and garden is often the equivalent of several suburban house lots. In the Illawarra not every mining company provided a house for the manager, and not every manager (or their wives) chose to live in a company house, especially by the mid 20th century. Although many mine mangers houses were built only 10 are known to remain; however, more detailed research of records and consultation with the community might reveal further information about past or present houses built or occupied by mine managers.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The item has historic value.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has landscape, architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The item has social 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. There is virtually no potential for additions. 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 2009598626 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B80-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonDon Fullarton & Catherine Macarthur No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20135986Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700536

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