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House, Kilcreggan

Item details

Name of item: House, Kilcreggan
Other name/s: “Kilcreggan”
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Bungalow
Primary address: 23 Llewellyn Street, Rhodes, NSW 2138
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23 Llewellyn StreetRhodesCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 23 Llewellyn Street, possibly built soon after the 1912 subdivision, is of historical and aesthetic significance. It demonstrates the suburbanisation of the Rhodes peninsular in the early twentieth century following the subdivision of formerly rural land. The house is a rare and relatively intact example of a weatherboard cottage with an attractive front verandah displaying unusual decorative features. The design of the house is influenced by a number of architectural styles.
Date significance updated: 03 May 17
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: No. 23 Llewellyn Street is a painted weatherboard cottage with a hipped roof with small gables terminating either end of the ridge. The slate roof has a decorative diamond on the roof plane facing the street, and terracotta ridge-cappings and finials, and exposed rafters at the eaves. A timber floored verandah, set under a shallow hipped galvanised iron roof, stretches across almost the entire extent of the front façade. The verandah has pairs of square timber posts. Large decorative brackets sit under an unusual timber frieze. The original front door with its highlight and sidelight windows remains insitu. Windows are set symmetrically either side of the front door. The windows are comprised of three casement windows set below highlight windows. A garage is located behind the house.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition.
Date condition updated:23 Jul 98
Modifications and dates: c.1991 – Additions (application no. 247/91)
2013 – tree pruning (DA 10.2013.387.1 approved 23.10.2013)
2016 – tree pruning (DA2016/0276 approved 31.08.2016)
The driveway has been brick paved.
The front fence has been removed.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Simon Donally was granted 25 acres of land on the eastern side of the Rhodes peninsular in December 1794. The land was later purchased by George Richard Uhr who built his home there. No 23 Llewellyn Street is part of Uhr’s land that was subdivided into 157 suburban allotments as the Uhrs Point Estate, and offered for sale on 10 February 1912. The sales notice advised that the estate was “two minutes from Rhodes Railway Station and twenty minutes by train from Sydney….. and commands charming views of the winding river and distant landscapes of the beautiful undulating country of Ryde and Eastwood”. The subdivision created Cropley, Llewellyn, Denham and Averil Streets as well as Cavell Avenue (originally named Broke Street). The lot which was to become no. 23 Llewellyn Street (Lot 7 DP 6401) was purchased by William Thomas Stewart, ironmoulder, in 1913 (Vol.2259 Fol.45). No. 23 Llewellyn Street is listed in the Sands Sydney Directory of 1925, indicating that it was built sometime between 1913 and 1925. By 1943 houses had been built on most of the allotments and a Timber Yard had been established to the north of the residential area (on the waterfront at the northern end of the Rhodes Peninsular).

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. 23 Llewellyn Street house and garden illustrates the breaking up of the large “rural” estates of the Rhodes peninsular. The original residential allotment remains intact. The house provides evidence of suburban development on the Rhodes peninsular.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is an attractive example of a weatherboard cottage with an unusual and distinctive verandah. Despite some alterations, the cottage retains its original scale, form, character and many original details, and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
Unusual weatherboard cottage displaying a number of architectural influences.
SHR Criteria g)
Intact, unusual example of a timber Federation cottage set in an attractive 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 original details. The front fence has been lost as has the arrangement of the original front garden (although a central front path leading directly to the front door remains). The low density residential character of its immediate setting remains as do the street tree plantings.
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, in particular its date of construction. 2. The existing scale, form, materials, pattern of openings, and details or the original house - including timber joinery (windows and doors) and the front verandah, 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. 4. The garden should be changed so it more greatly reflects the period of the house and provides and enhanced setting for the house. (Expert heritage advice should be sought.) Care needs to be taken that soil levels do not build up near the verandah potential leading to issues of termites and timber rot. 5. A front fence, appropriate to the period and style of the house should be reinstated.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I30219 Jul 13 38999
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes
Rhodes Peninsular Heritage Inventory Sheet Review2017 Kate Higgins  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890199

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