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Terrace house

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house
Other name/s: Henllys
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 59 Ocean Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59 Ocean StreetWoollahraWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site is significant as part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Thomas Buckland in 1830. The terraces at Ocean Street, Woollahra have aesthetic significance as one of three terraces in the Victorian Filigree style built c.1885 by Alfred Bayley. The site has significance for its association with the Reverend James Fullerton and Charles Frederick Stokes prior to construction of the buildings. The building has aesthetic significance as part of the group of three adjoining terraces which contribute strongly to the character of the immediate area and for the integrity and high quality of the remaining original fabric which appears largely intact externally. The buildings have social significance as part of the late nineteenth century development of the district and scientific significance for the research or educational potential of the facades and fabric.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1874-1875
Physical description: Constructed in the Federation Filigree style. This is the northern two storey terrace in a group of three. Wider than adjacent terraces with canted bay to front and french doors to first floor balcony. Bullnosed roof over first floor verandah, the facade is finished with a parapet with triangular pediment ornamentation above the bay. Double hung windows to sides of bay, and to ground floor bay. The verandah features cast iron posts, elaborate filigree friezes, handrails and brackets to both verandah and balcony. Victorian corbelled chimney. Two storey addition to the rear with french doors at ground level. Newly planted garden and hedges to front. Large timber garage to the rear with a hipped corrugated iron roof and timber finials, large aluminium garage door and timber gate. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Brick walls, cats iron posted verandah and balcony, with cast iron friezes, handrails and brackets. Timber doors and windows. Timber garage extension with corrugated iron roof and timber finials to the rear. Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 04
Modifications and dates: A two storey addition to the rear has french doors at ground level. Other alterations include, a timber framed garage to the rear constructed in 1985, and a conservatory roof added to an existing courtyard in 1988.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: One of three terrace houses in the Federation Filigree style. The site forms part of the West Woollahra district, bounded by Jersey Road, Oxford Street-Wallis Street and Edgecliffe Road, and characterised by the mixture of land uses, building forms and styles. Part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830, it would appear the propetry was leased to Reverend James Fullerton from 1857. The house at no. 59 was constructed for H. J. Webster c.1874-5, therefore pre-dating the terraces at no.'s 55 and 57. Webster appears as merely lessee of land still owned by Cooper. Described as a 'double house' named 'Henllys' in 1884, at the time of construction of no.'s 55 and 57 in 1896-7 Louisa D. Webster is noted in occupation. Members of the Webster family remained at no. 59 until c.1912, and again from 1920-23. Ownership of the property passed to Paula Eggeling in 1923, and then to stationer Ebenezer Charles Dibley in 1928. Later noted as flats named 'Illoura' in 1950.

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-

Recommended management:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for new work. As the exterior fabric of the building has remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the form, scale or original or early fabric of the building. All proposals for new work should consider the retention of all original or early detailing both externally and internally. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and the form and massing of the building should not be compromised by additions or alterations which break through the roofline.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201452723 May 15   
Within a conservation area on an LEPWoollahra HCALEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Heritage studyWoollahraWW-1901 Jul 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997552.0380Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710118

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