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Tobique

Item details

Name of item: Tobique
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 44 Drummoyne Avenue, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
44 Drummoyne AvenueDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of a few grand, surviving Federation mansions built on the foreshore. Special local historical interest. Associated with a noted marine engineer Harry P. Young for whom the house was built and whose family lived in the house until the late twentieth century.

An outstanding example of a better quality Federation style suburban house which, because it is completely unchanged in both form and detail, internally and externally, is extremely rare. It stands in an early twentieth century garden in a fine position overlooking the Parramatta River.
Date significance updated: 16 Jan 09
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Description

Construction years: 1909-1909
Physical description: A grand Federation house built close to the water and barely visible from the street. It has a complex roof and plan arrangement. It is red brick with dark purple brick quoining and a sandstone basement area. The slate roof has terracotta crestings. It featured unusual, elaborately carved verandah brackets and pebble dash and shingling on the gables. It has fine chimneys with terracotta pots.

The garden is also notable with mature palms, mulberry and jacarandas and deep stone steps to the waterfront.
Modifications and dates: 1994 alterations and additions including:
Ensuite and dressing room to bedroom 1
Repairs to ceilings
Repairs of doors and leadlights
New side entry door
New windows to kitchen and bedroom 3
New gable
New pathways and dwarf walls
Removal of ficus tree
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: House built for Mr Harry P. Young, a distinguished marine engineer, c.1909. Young served on numerous ships about the Western Pacific and the house was at one time full of souvenirs of these travels such as Chinese carvings and furniture, spears from the Solomon Islands, ships models etc. Young was a descendant of the mutineer Young on Bligh's Bounty and his son had a rum keg from the Bounty still in the house. Young was also an uncle of Errol Flynn.

The house remained in Young's family until the late twentieth century. In 1994 it was owned by Mr J. Boyd. Alterations and additions in that year were undertaken under the supervision of architect J. F. Bettesworth.

Both house and garden are important because of their completely authentic conditions as well as quality.

The exterior of the house has all the usual Federation style features: slate roof with terracotta ridge cappings and finials; walls of red brick with black brick quoins and set on sandstone foundations. The wooden turned verandah columns have unusually elaborate profiles to their solid wooden brackets.

The name of the house "Tobique" is inscribed in gold on a piece of wood noted on the back by Mr Harry Young as having come from Nelson's flagship and dated 1909.

The garden is also notable with mature palms, mulberry and jacarandas and steep stone steps to the waterfront. There is a large derelict garage and the wooden front fence and gate with pergola are also original, though in poor condition.

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]
One of a few grand, surviving Federation mansions built on the foreshore. Special local historical interest.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with a noted marine engineer Harry P. Young for whom the house was built and whose family lived in the house until the late twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
An outstanding example of a better quality Federation style suburban house which, because it is completely unchanged in both form and detail, internally and externally, is extremely rare. It stands in an early twentieth century garden in a fine position overlooking the Parramatta River.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
An outstanding example of a better quality Federation style suburban house which, because it is completely unchanged in both form and detail, internally and externally, is extremely rare.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
An outstanding example of a better quality Federation style suburban house which is completely unchanged in both form and detail, internally and externally. It stands in an early twentieth century garden in a fine position overlooking the Parramatta River.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHouse "Tobique"17807 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Drummoyne Heritage Study1988 Perumal Murphy Pty Ltd  Yes
Drummoyne Heritage Study Review1996 Paul Davies & Associates  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNational Trust of Australia (NSW)1981Tobique Classification Card
WrittenNoel Bell Ridley Smith & Partners2009Statement of Heritage Impact: 44 Drummoyne Avenue, Drummoyne 2047

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2891039


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