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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: "Leglitcliffe"
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 65 Smith Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
65 Smith StreetWollongongWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

House at 65 Smith Street, formerly known as "Leglitcliffe", is of significance for Wollongong for historical, aesthetic and reasons of representativeness. The item is aesthetically distinguished and representative example of Victorian residence with Filigree-style detailing. It makes a major contribution to the streetscape, enhanced through unison with other historic buildings in its vicinity. Together these buildings form a coherent group and have a high townscape value. The house, built c. 1887, is representative of late Victorian quality timber residences, illustrative of urban development and one of the few remaining buildings of this type and period. The site grounds may contain evidence of former stables, noted as extant in October 1922 valuation by the Valuer-General.
Date significance updated: 27 Jan 15
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Construction years: 1887-
Physical description: Single storey Victorian weatherboard building with filigree style details. The form is hipped, with steep pitch and corrugated steel roof. Verandah across the front returns to both sides and has timber posts, stop chamfered, with Filigree valance and skillion corrugated iron roof with hip corners.
Current use: Wollongong Anglican Residential College
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: (Terry Kass 2011): William Robson, gentleman of Wollongong had purchased lots 5 to 8 of Section 8 of the Smith’s Hill subdivision facing Smith Street in June 1887, an area totalling 2 acres for £500. (LPMA Old System Deed, No 498 Bk 366) He appears to have built this house on part of the frontage. On 7 May 1887, Robson had agreed to sell 80 feet (about a third) of that frontage to Reverend William James Dowson, Wesleyan minister of Wollongong for £250. Robson died on 7 April 1888 but his devisees completed the sale on 12 September 1888. (LPMA Old System Deed, No 842 Bk 396) The site was sold to Thomas Musgrave, storekeeper of Wollongong and his wife Martha on 29 January 1898 for £400. (LPMA Old System Deed, No 674 Bk 614) They conveyed it to Clara Finlayson, wife of Robert Finlayson, bank manager of Wollongong on 1 August 1913 for £750. (LPMA Old System Deed, No 310 Bk 1004) The October 1922 valuation by the Valuer-General showed a six-roomed weatherboard on brick house with an iron roof named ‘Leglitcliffe’ and stables on this land with an improved capital value of £900 owned by Clara Finlayson of Smith Street. (Valuer-General, Valuation Cards, Wollongong, SRNSW 13/7928, Smith St, No 2935)

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 all original or early elements. It is recommended to prepare a CMP for guidance of any eventual alterations. Internal changes are acceptable, but should not impact on rooms visible from the street, on views to the building generally and on its interpretation to general public. Existing verandah should be kept with all details. Any future additions should be located at the back and potentially connected via a single storey link to the original building. Original form should remain as existing, without additions to sides or top of the building.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 1990 07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009639326 Feb 10 2010-76 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B108-CMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonG.Neaves No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136393Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenTerry Kass (Historian)2011Wollongong Item Histories Group 1

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700701

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