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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: 5 Leicester Avenue, Strathfield, NSW 2135
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5 Leicester AvenueStrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 5 Leicester Avenue Strathfield is of significance for historic, associative, aesthetic, and for reasons of rarity and representativeness. The house is thought to be one of the earliest surviving cottages in the section of Strathfield within the City of Canada Bay LGA. The original and early elements of the house present a representative example of high quality early Federation period architecture in Strathfield, also being rare as an example of relatively old age. The house is aesthetically distinctive and exemplifies technology and taste of its original period and style. The house, particularly its early portions, demonstrates excellent craftsmanship and is architecturally of interest due to elements of early house styles in the area. As part of the group of cottages of similar age in the area, particularly the adjacent No. 7, it is illustrating the form and scale of typical development of the period and makes an important contribution to our understanding of the town character and history. Adjacent street plantings are also representative of the 1930s civic taste.
Date significance updated: 14 Aug 17
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Physical description: Red brick Federation bungalow. Hipped roof with gabled front, terracotta tiles, ridge capping and apex ornaments. Gable with finial and decorative barge board. Timber verandah posts and spindle valance. Stucco mouldings over bay window.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:19 Jan 99
Modifications and dates: Let down by alterations to fence, including tubular metal additions. Aluminium window hood.


Historical notes: Property was created by subdivision of DP 4386 in 1904.
Leicester Road (later Leicester Avenue) first appears in Sands Directories in 1905 with no listing of houses. The first listing of houses appears in 1906, suggesting numbers 5 and/or 7 may have been amongst the first homes built in the street.
This is augmented by fact that the property was re-surveyed and boundaries aligned in 1907, indicating likely date of first sale.
No. 5 Leicester Avenue cannot be confirmed in the Sands before 1925 due to the lack of house numbers; from 1925 onwards the residents were:
1925 – James Quilky
1926 Joseph B. Casey
1927-1928 Hubert Neice
1929-1932/1933 George Frost
The aerial photographs indicate matching footprint of the house in 1943 and in 2017, except for rear additions.
In 1984, council refused a CC for unauthorised additions.

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 a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
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:

Conserve and retain all original or early features. In case of redevelopment in the area, the property may be amalgamated, preferably together with adjoining No. 7, and house reused in light commercial use (e.g. offices, professional practice rooms) or as a community facility on a Strata title. Any infill development on either side and at rear should mirror the rear and side setbacks of the house. Any new garages and vehicular cross-over should be at least 15m away from the significant fabric. In case of redevelopment and amalgamation, intrusive paint layers should be removed from the face brickwork, and missing fascia and timberwork reconstructed. Interwar fence may be kept or removed as required in case of major works. The street planting should be preserved in any future development. A coordinated use of Leicester Avenue and Manson Road items should be considered.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I28419 Jul 13 389 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes
Review of CCB LEP heritage items in Concord area – 201720171Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890463

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