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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: former Notrella
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 142 Wolseley Road, Point Piper, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
142 Wolseley RoadPoint PiperWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The property forms part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820. The building named 'Notrella' at 142 Wolseley Road Point Piper has aesthetic significance as a fine and largely intact example of the Federation Queen Anne style. The two storey red brick building on its prominent location also has aesthetic significance for the strong contribution it makes to the character of the immediate area. The building has social significance for its association with the parliamentarian, the Hon. Bruce Smith, M. P. and for its long association with the Gisbone family from the early 20th. century until 1977. The mature hedges and trees are contributory to the aesthetic significance of the building.
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Construction years: 1904-
Physical description: Two storey red face brick house in the Federation Queen Anne style. House site on a rocky outcrop overlooking the bay, bounded to the north by Woleley Crescent. Roof is a series of gables, with terra cotta tiles and ridge cappings, timber fascias, exposed timber rafters and painted timber lining to eaves. Gable ends have timber shingles, or brick and pebble dash rendered masonry infill construction. Single rendered masonry chimneys with red face brick tops and galvanised iron vents. Generally timber double hung windows, with segmental arched heads and sills in a darker brick. Windows have timber jalousies. A single storey verandah to the front (south) has similar tiles, gable over doorway has timber fascia and shingles to end. There is a wide string course of darker brick at first floor level. A single storey portico to the western side has balcony above, brick and rough cut stone string courses, and arched sides. Arches are of darker brick. A pair of multi-paned timber doors lead to balcony above. Doors have arched head and fan light above. Original gable to the north has similar brick and pebble dash rendered masonry infill construction. 1980's alterations to the north include two gabled extensions, and enclosing of first floor balcony. Extensions have red face brick construction, aluminium windows and timber fascias and lining to eaves, and modern weatherboard to gable ends. A balcony at first floor level has a tile roof, exposed rafters, and timber shingles to balustrade. Modern glazing to balcony. A door has been removed from a wide opening behind. Concrete steps lead up to a concrete terrace with wrought iron balustrade at ground level. A steep concrete drive leads from Wolseley Crescent to double brick gabled garage with weatherboard gable end and an aluminium door. Stone retaining walls. To Wolseley Street is a high rendered masonry fence and painted timber gates. Style: Federation Queen Anne External Materials: Red face brick walls, brick trim including segmental arched heads and sills to windows, and string courses. Gable ends have brick and rendered masonry infill construction. Terra cotta tiles to roof. Timber trim to gable ends and balcony. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: Generally in good condition, appears well maintained. A double garage and new driveway were constructed in 1980 for M. Gallaher. Alterations undertaken in 1983 included, a two storey extension to the northern and eastern sides consisting of new breakfast room, family room, garden store, ensuites, entertainment area and external patio. Other alterations have included the enclosing of a first floor balcony to the northern side overlooking Wolseley Crescent. Period: Unknown, built for Walter Allerton.


Historical notes: The property forms part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820. It would appear the house was built c.1904 for the J. P. Walter Allerton on vacant land. The land had previously be owned by Sydney accountant Reginald Hansard from 1899-1901. Originally named 'Notrella,' it appears the house was initally let, and tenants were to include, John L. Graham in 1905, Arthur Hughes in 1906, and Hon. Bruce Smith, M. P. from 1907-17. In 1917 Notrella passed to Alice Beatrice Gisbone (nee Croft), and remained in her family until 1977.

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 representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative 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 new work. As the facades of the building appear to have remained relatively intact there should not be any alterations allowed which impact on the remaining original or early fabric or detailing. All proposals for new work should consider the retention of the style, scale, form and original fabric and detailing both externally and internally. There should be no painting of stonework or face brick which did not originally have a paint finish, although those materials originally painted could be repainted in complimentary colours. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and the form and massing of the building should not be compromised by alterations to the roofline although alterations could be made to the modern additions but these should not compromise the character or style of the building.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201429723 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997829.0430Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710168

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