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Powells Estate Conservation Area

Item details

Name of item: Powells Estate Conservation Area
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 13A, 13-15 Queen Street, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13A, 13-15 Queen StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
9A, 9B, 9-39 Sydney StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
68-78 Concord RoadNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
2A, 2-16, 16A, 18-34 Carrington StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Powells Estate precinct is a rare local example of a Victorian period development. A number of the original Victorian homes survive, including some fine villas. The area retains considerable historical significance.
Date significance updated: 23 Jan 09
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Physical description: Victorian period subdivision featuring a regular layout and uniform allotments. Houses from all periods from the 1880s to the 1940s represented. Notable Victorian survivors include a few modest villas and smaller cottages. Despite some loss of integrity major elements persist.

The Powell’s Estate has regular sized allotments on a rectilinear street layout. Street trees provide amenity to the area. Lanes now allow vehicular access to the rear of the allotments.

Single storey housing is dominant. A few one and a half and two storey houses are located on double allotments. A notable one and a half storey group faces Concord Road.

The houses in this conservation area include free standing and semidetached forms. Most have a simple rectilinear footprint to the main front wing and incorporate a verandah in the street elevation. Roofs are usually hipped, sometimes incorporating a gable as a feature.

Front setbacks are reasonably uniform along each street. Some larger houses have greater setbacks. Side setbacks are small, possibly as a result of the small allotments.

Materials and Colours
Rendered masonry is used for most of the Victorian houses and is complemented by slate roofs (where the original roofing survives). Later houses are face brick with tiled roofs. There are a small number of weatherboard houses with corrugated steel roofs.

Doors and Windows
Windows are vertically proportioned usually with timber double hung sashes. Some of the Victorian houses incorporate bay window elements. A few later homes have sets of timber casement sashes. Front doors usually incorporate a toplight and, in larger homes, sidelights.

The rear lanes provide access for parking at the rear of the properties.

Few original fences survive. Iron palisades might be expected for some of the larger Victorian houses. Smaller cottages could be expected to have timber picket fences. Later houses appear to have used brick fencing with low brick panels between brick piers.

Landscape Elements including Paving and Driveways
Front gardens are dominated by lawns with plantings of low shrubs.


Historical notes: Powells Estate was subdivided in 1886 and included housing allotments with regular frontages. The allotments were wider further away from Parramatta Road. Rear lanes were incorporated into the subdivision originally providing access for night soil collection. Due to the narrow allotment width (20 feet), many houses were built on double allotments. The main period of development of the estate continued through the late Victorian and Federation period. Much of this housing has survived through to the twenty-first century, except where removed to make way for the development of the M4.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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]
The area retains considerable historical significance as one of Concord's earliest subdivisions.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Powells Estate precinct is a rare local example of a Victorian period development. A number of the original Victorian homes survive, including some fine villas.
SHR Criteria f)
The Powells Estate precinct is a rare local example of a Victorian period development. A number of the original Victorian homes survive, including some fine villas.
Integrity/Intactness: Reasonable
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanPowells Estate Conservation AreaT07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890496

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