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Name of item: House
Other name/s: Single Storey Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 6 Ada Street, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Ada StreetConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This house is one of the first group of houses to be built using the camerated concrete form of construction patented in 1905 by Henry Goddard. Known examples of this construction are rare in New South Wales.

This is one of a pair of houses with characteristic features of the Federation Queen Anne style in one of Concord's oldest streets.
Date significance updated: 19 Feb 10
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Builder/Maker: Henry Goddard
Construction years: 1905-1906
Physical description: Federation Bungalow in camerated concrete with a hipped and gabled roof. The walls of the concrete are rendered and scored in imitation of ashlar. Retains examples of original carved posts and ornate brackets, and a large keyhole window.

Mature Norfolk Island Pine (c.15m from c.1920-30s) and two characteristic Frangipani trees (to c.4m, possibly from c.1940-50s).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:12 Aug 98
Modifications and dates: Aluminium screen door fitted. Some glazing replaced. Original fence replaced with wire mesh.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The pair of houses at 4 and 6 Ada Street are the two remaining of a group of houses built in 1905 by Henry Arthur Goddard using a new method of construction called camerated concrete. Goddard purchased the land in July 1905 and subdivided it into five allotments almost immediately. Two of the houses in this group built by Goddard faced Parramatta Road and have since been demolished.

Camerated concrete was constructed by jump forming concrete with a cavity between the internal and external skin of wall. Henry Goddard patented the system in 1905 as "An improved method of Building in Cnocrete and Apparatus Therefor", first using it in his Ada Street houses. The system is similar to one patented by Charles May 51 years earlier. Other examples of camerated concrete in the Sydney area were located in Five Dock. The rights for the system was sold in parts of New South Wales, Tasmania and in New Zealand.

Henry Goddard served as Mayor of the Municipality of Concord in 1908, 1909 and 1920. At the time these cottages were built, he lived in the stone house opposite at 1 Forster Street.

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. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This house is one of a group built by Henry Goddard, Mayor of Concord in 1908, 1909 and 1920, where he first used his camerated concrete construction system.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
An ornate example of an early Federation house featuring a good play of gambrelled, gabled, hipped and pitched roofscape. Mature Norfolk Island Pine and Frangipani trees set in the garden are notable in streetscape.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This house is one of the first group of houses to be built using the camerated concrete form of construction patented in 1905 by Henry Goddard.
SHR Criteria f)
This house is a rare surviving example of the use of camerated concrete construction in New South Wales. Other known surviving examples in New South Wales are the neighbouring house at 4 Ada Street, 535 Lyons Road West. Outside New South Wales examples survive in South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
SHR Criteria g)
An ornate example of an early Federation house featuring a good play of gambrelled, gabled, hipped and pitched roofscape.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHouse and Garden407 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1977"Camerated Concrete" in Constructional Review November 1977
Written 1905Certificate of Title Vol 77 Fol 177
Written  Deposited Plan 927042
WrittenMiles Lewis Australian Building : A Cultural Investigation
WrittenSheena Coupe1983Concord - A Centenary History
PhotographUnknown1905Album, Construction of Camerated Houses in Ada Street, Concord, c1905.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890003

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