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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Single Storey Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Bungalow
Primary address: 33 Burwood Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
33 Burwood RoadConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 33 Burwood Road is of historical and aesthetic significance. It demonstrates the suburbanisation of the district in the early twentieth century following the subdivision of the larger allotments of the former Village of Longbottom. The house, built c.1906, is a relatively intact example of a Federation bungalow and, together with its garden, makes a positive contribution to the street. Its suburban allotment created in 1895 as part of a second wave of subdivision remains intact (DP 2931).
Date significance updated: 03 Apr 17
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Physical description: The house at No. 33 Burwood Road is an excellent example of a single store free-standing Federation bungalow. The house has simple massing, the front projecting bay resulting in an asymmetrical front facade. The house and front verandah are set under a hipped roof, the main ridge terminated by gablets. Two original chimneys with decorative corbel tops but with their original face brickwork now painted, survive. The walls of the house are red brick set above a low painted rendered base. The roof is slate with terracotta ridge cappings. The gable roof over the projecting bay has a decorative barge board with a turned finial at the peak. The barge boards have a timber cross beam with four symmetrically arranged vertical timber board connecting the cross beam with the barge boards forming a timber gable screen proud of the wall. The gable wall behind features a painted roughcast render finish between a central vertical batten diagonal battens on either side. The front wall of the projecting bay features a pair of tall narrow double hung windows set below a shared slate roofed awning. The awning is supported by turned timber brackets. The hipped roof of the front verandah, which terminates on the side wall of the projecting front bay, is supported by a timber beam spaning turned timber posts. The roof features exposed rafter ends.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition.
Date condition updated:12 Aug 98
Modifications and dates: Security door added. Front fence lost.
Further information: The bungalow may retain such a high degree of integrity because it was previously affected by Department of Main Roads road proposals.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: No. 33 Burwood Road is located on land that was formerly part of the Village of Longbottom laid out by the government in 1843 near the Longbottom Stockade. The village plan had large residential allotments as well as areas reserved for a town hall, post office, school, Wesleyan chapel and school. The village plan created Burwood Road (then named Wharf Road), Burton Street, Gipps Street, and Loftus Street (then named Stockade Street). No. 33 Burwood Road is located on allotment 12 Section 4 of the village plan, and was granted to William Roberts on 10 January 1845 at, it seems, a price of 8 pounds per acre. (Roberts had also purchased other allotments in Section 4.) The ownership of allotment 12, together with several other allotments, was transferred to Sarah Eliza Lester, spinster, on 20 October 1882 and then to Alexander Ralph Ogden, builder, on the 14 April 1893. Ogden re-subdivided the land in 1895 to create Moreton Street and the subdivision pattern evident today along the eastern side of this part of Burwood Road. No. 33 Burwood Road comprises allotments 6 and 7 of Ogden’s subdivision (DP 2931). Allotments 6 and 7 were transferred to the ownership of Charles William McDonald, fireman, on 25 September 1899. McDonald is first listed in the Sands Sydney Directory of 1907 indicating the house at no. 33 Burwood Road was constructed c.1906. McDonald was still occupying the premises in 1932, the last year of Sands Sydney Directory.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
No. 33 Burwood Road illustrates the development of the area in the early years of the twentieth century, an area originally established in 1843 as the Village of Longbottom. The suburban allotments created in 1895, part of a second wave of subdivision, remain intact (DP 2931).
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
No. 33 Burwood Road illustrates the pervading influence of the Federation Bungalow style on housing in the Australian suburbs at the time. The house is an attractive example of a symmetrically designed Federation Bungalow. Despite some alterations, the house retains key elements of its original scale, form, and details, and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
Intact, representative example of a Federation Bungalow, which makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: The house is relatively intact despite some changes. The main (front) section of the house retains its original form, scale, materials, pattern of openings, and many details. The house allotments remains unchanged from the 1895 subdivision as does the low density residential character of the streetscape.
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:

1. The existing scale, form, original materials, original pattern of openings, and original details - including all original timber joinery (windows and doors), the front verandah, and exposed eaves rafters, should be retained and conserved. No new openings should be made in the front façade. 2. Any alterations and additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and site. 3. The chimneys should not be demolished. 4. The face brickwork should remain unpainted.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I4719 Jul 13 38971
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes
Burwood Road Area: Heritage Inventory Sheet Review2017 Kate HigginsKate Higgins Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
OtherJohn Griffin, surveyor1895DP2931

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890037

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