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Murralong

Item details

Name of item: Murralong
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 42 Murralong Avenue, Five Dock, NSW 2046
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
42 Murralong AvenueFive DockCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An outstanding individual house of the Federation period with many notable features. One of the former Drummoyne Municipality's few old family homes to survive large scale subdivision let alone in such good condition. The association with the Croker family, one of Five Dock's oldest and the former Croker's paddock gives it special historic interest. Set in attractive landscaped grounds, a remnant of a much larger original setting.
Date significance updated: 05 Jan 07
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Description

Physical description: An outstanding well maintained Federation style house, probably c.1905. Many features such as verandah appear later in style but the building seems unaltered. Basic "double-L" shaped plan. Bellcast, terracotta tiled roof with half-timbered gable at front and one side. Exposed rafter eaves. Dark brick with roughcast band above moulded cornice. Solid brick verandah piers with colonettes, more typical of the 1920s but apparently original. Very good leadlight casement windows with rendered sills. Render chimneys with iron pots. Shingled hood below gable. Well setback from street with attractively landscaped lawn area in front. Sympathetic garage well screened. Fence is later, built some time after the original holding was subdivided. The house is the centre piece of the street subdivision and the property is named the same as the street. It is part of an important streetscape which was developed largely at the same period and is one of the best surviving subdivisions in the former Drummoyne Municipality.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:05 Jan 07
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Murralong was built for William Croker family prior to 1904. The family were well established in Five Dock, Mr John Croker having been post master at Five Dock in the 1870s. In 1904, another house was built to the southeast of Murralong, at the present 38 Murralong Avenue.

A major subdivision of the Croker’s land in 1920 was marketed as the Croker’s Paddock Estate. At that time, a substantial area of land was retained around Murralong. In 1925, the allotment that included Murralong was again subdivided leaving only the present allotment with a substantial front garden as the setting for the house.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Country Retreats-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
One of the former Drummoyne Municipality's few old family homes to survive large scale subdivision let alone in such good condition.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The association with the Croker family, one of Five Dock's oldest and the former Croker's paddock gives it special historic interest.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
An outstanding individual house of the Federation period with many notable features. Set in attractive landscaped grounds, a remnant of a much larger original setting.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
An outstanding individual house of the Federation period with many notable features.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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 "Murralong"35407 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
Map  Subdivision Plan for "Crokers Paddock Estate"
Written  NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

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: 2891114


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