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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 3 Sansey Avenue, Mount Ousley, NSW 2519
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Sansey AvenueMount OusleyWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 3 Sansey Avenue is of significance for Wollongong for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a representative example of quality historical houses in the local area. Viewed externally, the house presents as having a high degree of integrity and contributes to the wider area character.
Date significance updated: 27 Nov 14
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Designer/Maker: Neave & Berry - Hardy Wilson
Physical description: Single storey weatherboard house with gabled roof and an encircling verandah, partly enclosed. The house has brick chimney, stepped and corbelled, indicating date of creation c. 1900 (Ali). Windows are double hung, sashed, 6/6, with matching 12-paned sliding panels on the verandah enclosure. Mature vegetation in the property contributes to the house setting and its presentation to the wider public. Conversely, R Irving dates this house to c. 1928.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: The property is part of the original Grant to John Buckland of 1835. It was also part of the 17 acres Granted to Allice Challands, "wife of Qld Solicitor Leylend E Challands", in 1930. Land was subdivided c. 1940s. The current property boundaries were created in 1959 when the previous Sansey estate was subdivided into 10 allotments, the Lot 9 comprising the house. Access and part of the Avenue was provided by parts of Lots 23 and 24 of the DP 20427 ("Strone Estate", registered in 1946). The property was registeered in the owneship of CBC Savings Bank Limited in 1972, indicating it was possibly taken over from a mortagee who defaulted. It was transferred to various private owners. Registered development activities include swimming pool in 2009. (LTO LPI CT 11969-247)

(R Irving, 20 Century Architecture in Wollongong, p. 57):
The land on which this residence stands is part of the Mount Ousley Estate, which was mostly dairy farming land. It was first subdivided in 1928 by Thomas "Herky" Brown, who then had this handsome timber framed and weatherboard house built. The cul-de-sac of Sansey Avenue was named when the land was further subdivided in 1953.

The house was designed in the Georgian Revival mode- symmetrical Classically detailed and beautifully build with a simple gabled rood. The wide verandah extends across the whole fa├žade and around each end, supported on paired posts linked by simple treillage. A smaller gable, designed as an open-bed pediment emphases the entrance. The windows have twelve paned double hung sashes and delicate interior joinery befits the Georgian character. The rooms are finely proportioned, with some timber wall panelling and doors with paired full-height panels. Hardy Wilson, who was the chief partner of the firm Neave & Berry until 1927, designed two timber houses in Kiama that may be compared with this. One Built in 1912 and called "Yoon Goo" was very similar but has sadly been demolished. The other built in 926 still stands in Shoalhaven Street.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has architectural 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 a limited possibility for additions, however, no alterations should take place between the house and the street. Any repairs should follow original detail in form, fabric and finish.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHouse621926 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B90-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonCatherine Macarthur No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136219Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700546

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