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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: House
Primary address: 4 Carrington Street, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
4 Carrington StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 4 Carrington Street is of historical and aesthetic significance. It demonstrates the suburbanisation of the district in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century following the Powell’s Estate subdivision of former semi-rural land into housing allotments in 1886. The house is a relatively intact and attractive example of a weatherboard Federation house, and it makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. Its original 1886 allotments remain intact.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 17
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: The house at no. 4 Carrington Street is a symmetrically designed Federation weatherboard cottage. It has a corrugated steel hipped roof with a front verandah set under an extension of the main roof. Small gablets terminate the transverse gable of the main roof. house. The roof has exposed eaves rafters. The verandah roof is supported by pairs of timber posts with large curved brackets. The front door is centrally located. The eastern side of the front façade has a timber double hung window, while the western side features a faceted bay window. The double hung windows have decorative timber aprons. The verandah floor is timber boarding.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in fair condition.
Date condition updated:18 Jan 99
Modifications and dates: DA 10.2009.47.1 - Alteration and/or Additions to existing Residential, approved 06.02.2009 [- Remove an existing tree to the front yard]
Front fence lost.
The original galvanised iron roof appears to have been replaced.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: No. 4 Carrington Street is located on land granted to Thomas Rowley on 19 August 1803. The suburban allotments of no. 4 Carrington Street were created by a subdivision of semi-rural land in 1886 to create Powell’s Estate. The subdivision created Queen Street and Carrington Street and rear lanes were incorporated into the subdivision, originally providing access for night soil collection. A regular pattern of housing allotments was created with the allotments further away from Parramatta Road being wider. Due to the narrowness of many of the allotments width (20 feet along Carrington Street) many houses were built on double allotments. This is the case with no. 4 Carrington Street.

It is not clear exactly when the house at no. 4 Carrington Street was constructed. The land comprises allotments 68 and 69 of DP 1835 (Powell’s Estate).

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. 4 Carrington Street illustrates the change in character of the area from semi-rural to suburban in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Victorian and Federation periods) and the character of development at this time. Its residential allotments were created as part of the Powells Estate subdivision in 1886.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house at no. 4 Carrington Street is an interesting and attractive Federation period house. Despite some alterations, the house retains key elements of its original scale, form, materials, and details, and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
The house at no. 4 Carrington Street is a good example of a timber Federation house.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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 on the history and fabric 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. 4. Urgent maintenance works should be undertaken, including painting and repair of the timberwork. 5. The ground level near the front verandah should be kept low enough to allow ventilation under the verandah. 6. The arrangement of a central garden path should be retained. 7. The front verandah may be missing some original elements. This should be investigated. 8. The front verandah should remain as a timber board verandah and should not be replaced with a concrete slab, paving, or the like. 9. A front fence and gate appropriate to the style and period of the house should be reinstated. A faux heritage fence is not acceptable. Original front fences in the neighbourhood should be investigated and expert advice sought regarding the design of an appropriate fence. 10. Maintenance work should be undertaken on the garden so that it forms an appropriate setting for the house.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I6619 Jul 13 38996
Within a conservation area on an LEPPowell's Estate Conservation AreaT07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

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

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
OtherJohn Laycock, Licensed surveyor1886DP 1835

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890451

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