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Name of item: House
Other name/s: Single Storey Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 35 Burwood Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
35 Burwood RoadConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 35 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.1916, is a relatively intact example of a Federation style timber cottage and it makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. Its suburban allotment, created in 1895 as part of a second wave of subdivision, remains intact (DP 2931).
Date significance updated: 04 Apr 17
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Physical description: No. 35 Burwood Road is a small, gable roofed, picturesque Federation style weatherboard cottage with an asymmetrical front façade resulting from the stepping of the front section of the building. A verandah, set under a shallow sloped hipped roof, wraps around the front and side following the stepping form of the main body of the house, and the front entry is set under the side verandah. The gable, which faces the street, has a roughcast render finish and a rectangle pattern formed by timber battens supported by decorative timber brackets. The verandah roof is supported by turned timber posts. The roof has two face brickwork chimneys with roughcast render bands and corbels are topped with a pair of arched cast cement arched rain guards. The front façade has a pair of symmetrically arranged tall narrow double hung windows with decorative valance. The steel front fence, which may be original, comprises woven wire mesh panels set between pipe rail top rail and posts.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:10 Jun 98
Modifications and dates: The front verandah has been altered on order to create a car space in the front garden. The floor of the verandah has been cut back and has been concreted, with the turned timber verandah post repositioned accordingly. The verandah roof now cantilevers.
Further information: The cottage 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. 35 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. 35 Burwood Road is located on allotment 13 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 owned many other allotments in Section 4.) The ownership of allotment 13, 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 section of Burwood Road. No. 35 Burwood Road comprises allotments 6 and 7 of Ogden’s subdivision (DP 2931). Allotments 5 was transferred to the ownership of Peter O’Keefe, carpenter, on the 25 June 1890. The land was transferred to Mary O’Keefe, spinster, on 25 November 1910. No. 35 Burwood Road appears to be listed in the Sands Sydney Directory for the first time in 1917 with the property occupied by Patrick McCabe (then numbered no. 43 Burwood Road). This indicates that the house was constructed c.1916. McCabe was still occupying the premises in 1932, the last year of Sands Sydney Directory. The house appears to be the last house erected on the allotments along the eastern side of Burwood Road between Moreton Street and Gipps Street. (The 1943 aerial showing six houses along this part of the 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 Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Suburbanisation-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
No. 35 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. Its suburban allotment created in 1895 as part of a second wave of subdivision remains intact (DP 2931).
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
No. 35 Burwood Road is a small, gable roofed, picturesque Federation style weatherboard cottage that retains its original and early form and character The cottage makes a positive contribution to the Burton Street streetscape.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The front fence may be original and further research is warranted.
SHR Criteria f)
Intact, rare example of a timber Federation cottage.
Integrity/Intactness: The house appears to retain a high degree of integrity.
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. Further research should be undertaken of the history of the house. 2. 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. 3. Any alterations and additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and site. The chimneys should not be demolished, in particular the front chimney. 4. The front fence should be investigated and if found to be original should be retained and conserved. 5. The garden should be changed so it reflects the period of the house and provides and enhanced setting for the house. 6. Consideration should be given to restoring the front verandah re-using original materials, removing the concrete/cement and using details and materials consistent with the style of the original house. 7. Underfloor ventilation should not be impeded eg by a build-up of the ground level adjacent to the house.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I4819 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 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: 2890038

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