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Residential flat building, front garden and retaining wall

Item details

Name of item: Residential flat building, front garden and retaining wall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 35-36 New Beach Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
35-36 New Beach RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site formed part of the original grant to Arthur Frederick Smart in 1888. This group of twelve residential buildings have aesthetic significance as a largely intact grouping of Federation Queen Anne style buildings which were constructed as a group for John Cameron in 1911. Although the buildings were modified as flats in the 1930s they have retained their style, form and scale of the exterior and are a rare cohesive group of buildings in identical styling to remain intact in the district. The buildings have high aesthetic significance as a group for the strong contribution they make to the streetscape of the immediate area even though they have undergone some modification throughout the years. The building have social significance for their association with the Cameron family throughout the twentieth century.
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Designer/Maker: Residential Flat Buildings
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1911-
Physical description: One of six holiday style semi-detached houses presently occupied as residential flat buildings. A two storey house, with painted brick walls and unpainted rough cut stone base. The stone base has been recently repointed. Hipped roof, with terra cotta tiles and ridge cappings. Two small gables are set back from the eaves and face the street. The gable end has timber posts with pebble dash rendered masonry infil. A timber posted two storey verandah is located at the front and sides. Single timber posts, brick pillars. The verandah is an extension of the main roof at a lower angle, with terra cotta tiles. The verandah has been glazed in with large aluminium framed sliding glass windows at both ground and first floor level, although a central section has brick infill. A section of wall between ground and first floor level is clad with timber shingles. A timber shingled awning is fixed above the ground floor windows. External operable awnings at both ground and first floor. Entry to the flats is located at the side, through either a single storey bay or the verandah. The bay has parapet walls, and flat roof, multi-paned door with top light and segmental arch above. Concrete steps lead up to the entrances. There is a narrow garden strip in front of the house, and a rough cut stone retaining wall to the street. No. 35-36 has four single garages facing directly onto the street. Garages have brick construction, sandstone facade,and terrace above with steel balustrade. Style: Holiday style semi-detached houses, with some Arts and Crafts detailing. External Materials: Terra cotta roof tiles and ridge cappings, rendered brick chimneys with terra cotta chimney pots. Painted brick walls, with a roughcut stone base. Timber posted two storey verandahs to front and sides, sliding glass windows. Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition, and well maintained. Recently painted. Some timber work appears brittle, and sections have flaking paint.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 04
Current use: Residential flat building
Former use: Duplex


Historical notes: This group of twelve residential buildings were built on vacant land for John Cameron in 1911, architect unknown. The site formed part of the original grant to Arthur Frederick Smart in 1888. The buildings are listed as houses in the Ratebooks for 1913 with names as follows: 27: Worrlie, 28: Angaldool, 29: Kubinbah, 30: Yaruldoon, 31: Eleanora, 32: Collaroy, 33: Nahrool, 34: Florida, 35: Moojia, 36: Kamilroi, 37: Orana, 38: Woolnbar, however many of the names have changed throughout the years. The 1930 Ratebooks are the first to list the buildings as two flats. In 1938 the group becomes the estate of the late John Cameron, until 1945 when ownership passes to The Australian Mutual Provident Society. Building work to the flats in the 1960-80's has included internal alterations, modifications to street frontages eg. fenestration infill/ enlargement, enclosing of verandahs, and garages to front alignment.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Emergence of building styles-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. A place to live-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Cultural and social life-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically rare at a Local level. Aesthetically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria f)
Aesthetically rare at a Local level.
SHR Criteria g)
Socially representative at a Local level. Aesthetically representative at a Local level. Historically representative at a Local level.
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:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for alterations to the buildings and any proposed work which would adversely impact on the external scale, form, or composition should not be considered. This group of six two storey duplex residences have undergone some modifications, but these works are such that they have not detracted from the overall significance of the group. Decorative timberwork and rendered details should be retained on all buildings and door and window openings should not be enlarged or filled in. Materials which have not originally been painted such as face brick and stone should remain unpainted while those materials such as render which were originally painted may be repainted in complimentary colours.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201417623 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997522.0400Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGraham Brooks No

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Database number: 2710099

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