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Samares - house and grounds

Item details

Name of item: Samares - house and grounds
Other name/s: Dry Law
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 17 Kent Road, Rose Bay, NSW 2029
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17 Kent RoadRose BayWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A good representative example of moderate historical significance describing the early residential development of the Kent Road "Knoll" subdivision, created in 1907 to establish and expand the Royal Sydney Golf Club. The house, demonstrating a high degree of aesthetic significance, indicates the preference for Arts & Crafts Styling at the turn of the 20th century when the area was undergoing urban consolidation and is an aesthetically distinctive variation of its type.
Date significance updated: 22 Jul 05
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: Large two storey Federation period building demonstrating Arts and Crafts detailing, including roughcast rendered walls.

The original slate roofing has been replaced by modern dark ‘manganese’ terra cotta roofing. The lower level has projecting window bays with single pane glazed casement windows. The building has shuttered, multi paned windows to the upper floor and tall square, rendered chimneys. A verandah runs across the front of the house and is supported on shaped timber columns set on shaped stone piers. The rafter ends are exposed and the current guttering is unsympathetic.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:31 Mar 06
Modifications and dates: Roof retiled (originally slate)
Further information: Intrusive Timber security fencing
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The house at 17 Kent Road was constructed in c1909 for Dr James Froude Flashman and called "Dry Law". It stands on land that was originally released for sale in 1907 as part of the Rose Bay Land Company's Knoll Subdivision. The Rose Bay Land Company, the development arm of the Royal Sydney Golf Club, had purchased an area of over 200 acres in Rose Bay from the Cooper Estates in 1903 with the intention of creating some residential subdivision to assist in their land repayment. The company created Kent Road in 1905/6 and in 1907 followed with 'The Knoll' subdivision covering most of the Kent Road sites.

Lot 5 of the Knoll Subdivision was purchased in 1907 by Dr James Flashman who constructed his house, "Dry Law" on the site in c1909. This was one of the first sites in the subdivision to be developed. In 1913 the property was sold to Captain Arthur Fisher Lloyd who changed its name to "Samares" Lloyd's wife Blanche was still residing at 17 Kent Road in 1929 when it was sold to Dulce McWhannell and the property has remained in the ownership of this family ever since.

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. Housing - Suburban Expansion-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site demonstrates a moderate level of historical significance as part of the subdivision created to establish and expand the Royal Sydney Golf Club in 1907.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
As a good and relatively intact example of a Federation period building finished using Arts and Crafts details the building is of aesthetic significance. The building demonstrates a high level of aesthetic significance, employing a typical use of materials, verandah details of an Art Nouveau character and an overall design incorporating colonial overtones. This building is an aesthetically distinctive variation of its type.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
Good representative example of the early 20th century development of Rose Bay for large single houses demonstrating key elements of its style.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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:

Further research into history of property. Removal of timber fence.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199522 Jul 05 52 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201431423 May 15   
Within a conservation area on an LEPKent Road HCALEP 199527 Feb 04 46 
Heritage studyTanner 01 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rose Bay [Bellevue Hill] Heritage Item Study2002 Noel Bell Ridley Smith and Partners  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenJohn Sands Sands Sydney & Suburban Directory 1908 - 1932/3
WrittenLand & Property Information NSW Various Certificates

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2711539

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