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Item details

Name of item: Buildings
Other name/s: formerly Richmond
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 134-136 Wolseley Road, Point Piper, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
134-136 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.1908. The house has social significance for its association with Scott 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: 1908-1912
Physical description: Two storey rough cast rendered masonry house in a Federation Arts and Crafts style. Roof comprises a series of gables and hips, the main gable has a steep pitch. Timber shingles and copper ridge cappings to roof. Rough cast rendered chimneys with brick tops and terra cotta pots. Timber lined eaves, gable ends have timber construction with rendered masonry infill. A single storey flat roofed addition to the east has modern windows. A double garage to the rear has hipped roof, exposed timber rafters and timber shingles. There is a galvanised iron air vent at the centre of the ridge, and iron ball details at ends. Walls are painted brick construction, aluminium door. Entrance to No.136 is through flat roofed verandah extension to the garage. Supported on timber columns, structure has exposed timber rafters and a brick base. Entrance to No.136 is through small sandstone structure. Structure has sandstone base and pillars, and similar hip roof, timber shingles and galvanised iron ball details as garage. Supported on decorative timber brackets, there is a timber gate to the street. Painted timber lining, and electric light, period fitting. There is a high painted brick wall to Wolsely Street. Style: Federation Arts and Crafts External Materials: Rough cast rendered walls. Galvanised iron sheeting to roof, timber and rendered masonry infill to gable end. Garage has timber shingled roof, exposed timber rafters, and painted brick walls. Small sandstone and timber shingled entrance structure. Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Appears generally in good condition
Date condition updated:16 Apr 04
Modifications and dates: Alterations have included, the replacement of an existing brick fence to Wolseley Road in 1977, and the renovation of an existing kitchen and addition of a new bay window in 1988. Period:
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 the house was built on vacant land for Scott c.1908. Originally named 'Richmond' the house was located at no. 66 Wolseley Road. The present site was formed after subdivision in 1912. A second dwelling was built at no. 68 Wolseley Road (no.'s 138-140), again for Essex. In 1923 the property passed to Thomas Richmond Murray Scott (possibly a relation), and remained in his ownership until 1956. During this period the property was leased to Alfred Braund from 1923.

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 201429523 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997829.0450Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGraham Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710170

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