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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 7 Leicester Avenue, Strathfield, NSW 2135
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7 Leicester AvenueStrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 7 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. 5, 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: One of a good well related row of three brick Federation cottages of similar scale, but with contrasting details. The house has excellent original tuckpointing to red and liver brickwork. The hipped and gabled roof has ornate ridge capping and the remaining leadlight is good.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition.
Date condition updated:06 Sep 01
Modifications and dates: Security doors; new fence.


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 number 7 may have been the first home built in the street.
No. 7 Leicester Avenue can be traced in the Sands by the presence of the house name 'Ione' and relative consistency of tenancy / ownership; the residents recorded in the Sands were:
1906-1919 – Joseph S. McNab
1920-1928 – Mrs Mary Cunningham
1929-1932/1933 – Thomas Shean
The aerial photographs indicate matching footprint of the house in 1943 and in 2017.
In 1982, council issued a letter due to awning erected without approval.

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]
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. 5, 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. Intrusive fence can be removed. 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 2013I28519 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 – 201720172Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890506

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