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Glastonbury Gardens

Item details

Name of item: Glastonbury Gardens
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Urban Park
Primary address: 72-82 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Austinmer, NSW 2515
Parish: Wollongong
County: Camden
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
72-82 Lawrence Hargrave DriveAustinmerWollongong CityWollongongCamdenPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Glastonbury Gardens are of significance for the local area for historical, aesthetic and reasons of representativeness. The place has historic associations with local Council's officer who was responsible for its creation and presents a representative example of public parks of the 1960s. The park design is representative of typical park design and plantings of this period. The site has associations with previous use as site of colliery dam, with the dam wall still visible.
Date significance updated: 10 Feb 14
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Description

Designer/Maker: Wollongong City Council
Physical description: The Glastonbury Gardens located along Lawrence Hargrave Drive is a public park containing mature Phoenix canariensis, Sabal palms, strelitzia nicholai and Araucaria heterophylla. This was previously the site of a Colliery dam which is still visible. The park is a focal point for community events.
Current use: Public park
Former use: Colliery dam site

History

Historical notes: This park was dedicated in 1965 and named after Reg Glastonbury, WCC City Engineer from 1947-1962. The park containing mature Phoenix canariensis, Sabal palms, strelitzia nicholai and Araucaria heterophylla.

Illawarra Mercury (1 December 2012, page 3): Robert Woodhill, 72, born and bred in Austinmer remembers the top level of the two-tiered park as a large lagoon in which he and his friends would lark around on many a hot summer day. It was filled in with coal wash in the mid-60s but the kids who grew up in there remember its orgins fondly.

Glastonbury Garden as it is today was developed in 1965 and named after Reg Glastonbury, who held the position of city engineer with Wollongong City Council. Woodhills says the terraced stone walls on the lower tier are a focal point, built by a Wollongong City Council gardener employed full-time to look after the park up to the 1980s.

'Roxy [Bino] was a marvellous man who was dedicated to the park and its upkeep.' He says." (Illawarra Mercury, 2012) A plaque was dedicated to Roxy Mossop in 1985.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Local
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Local
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Local
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 as public facility, manage trees as required.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069
Local Environmental PlanWollongong LEP 2009615326 Feb 10 2010-76 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991L14-NMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonDon Fullerton No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA2013 Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700752


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