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Item details

Name of item: Buildings
Other name/s: formerly Elstree
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 138-140 Wolseley Road, Point Piper, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
138-140 Wolseley RoadPoint PiperWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site was part of the original Crown Grant to John Piper in 1820. The house known as 'Elstree' at 138-140 Wolesley Road, Point Piper is significant as a fine and largely intact example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style. The site has social significance for its association with a number of important local identities including William Charles Cooper, Alfred Hill, Albert A. Brodziak while the house was constructed for Andrew Essex Scott in c.1912. The house has social significance for its association with Scott and Douglass family throughout most of the twentieth century. The building has aesthetic significance for its contribution to the character of the immediate area and for the largely intact nature of the fabric and detailing.
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Construction years: 1912-
Physical description: A single storey rendered masonry cottage in a simplified Federation Arts and Crafts style. The house features a high pitched hipped roof with slate tiles, galvanised iron ridge cappings, and exposed timber eaves. Gutters are painted galvanised iron. There is a gable extension to the west. Walls are pebble dash rendered masonry. A high boundary wall and double garage hides most of the house from the street. The wall is heavily covered with vegetation, and has a timber panelled gate. A double garage opens directly onto the street. The garage has hipped roof with similar stale tiles and galvanised iron ridge cappings. Central to the roof is a timber framed ventilator. Garage has pebble dash rendered walls and single aluminium doors. A gable protrusion to the west forms entry to No.138. Entrance structure has timber posts supported on pebble dash rendered base, has a timber lined ceiling and a central pendant light fitting. Gable end has timber panel. A heavy timber gate has the name 'Elstree' painted onto it. Style: Federation Arts and Crafts External Materials: Pebble dash rendered masonry walls. Roosf have slate tiles, galvanised iron ridge cappings, and exposed timber eaves. Timber framed ventilator central to garage roof. Timber posted entrance structure, on a rendered masonry base. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: Appears generally in good condition and well maintained. Alterations have included, renovation of existing kitchen and minor changes to external openings on the southern elevation in 1992, and renovation of existing bathroom, replacement of existing windows to enclosed verandah at ground and first floor level, and further change to external openings in 1996. Alterations undertaken for S. Plowman. Period: Unknown, built for Andrew Essex Scott.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The site formed part of the original Crown Grant to John Piper in 1820. As vacant property, ownership passed to William Charles Cooper in 1899, to Alfred Hill in 1900, to Albert A. Brodziak in 1905, and then to Andrew Essex Scott in 1907. From the ratebooks it would appear a house 'Richmond' at no. 66 (134-136) Wolseley Road was built for Scott c.1908. The present site was formed after subdivision in 1912, and a second dwelling 'Elstree' was built at no. 68 (no.'s 138-140), again for Essex. This property was sold separately to J. P. William C. Douglass in 1914, who had resided there since 1912. Douglass remained in occupation of 'Elstree' until 1948, at which time ownership passed to Hebert Macquarie Douglas (possibly a relation) and The Perpetual Trustee Company Investments Pty Ltd as joint tenants.

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 form and scale of the building appears to have remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the external form or break through the skyline. There should be no painting of stonework or materials which did not originally have a paint finish although painted surfaces could be repainted in complimentary colours. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201429623 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997829.0440Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710169

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