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Mortlake Workers' Housing Conservation Area

Item details

Name of item: Mortlake Workers' Housing Conservation Area
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 4-8 Tennyson Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
4-8 Tennyson RoadConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
46-50 Gale StreetConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Mortlake Workers' Housing Conservation Area is an interesting group of workers’ housing from the late Victorian and Federation period directly relating to the development of the AGL gasworks and theestablishment of the Mortlake township. The group makes an important contribution to the streetscape and forms a precinct of great charm and character.
Date significance updated: 29 May 09
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Description

Physical description: A group of single storey houses from the late Victorian and Federation periods

Setting
The group is set on various size blocks at the corner of the two streets with rear lane access to garages and carports. The adjoining scale is predominantly single storey with a mix of Victorian and Federation cottages with some later infill development.

Scale
The houses are single storey with no second floor additions. There is some later, two storey development close by.

Form
The group is in the Victorian and Federation cottage form style with double fronted elevations and front verandahs or gables from with a side verandah with hipped roofs.

Siting
The front setbacks vary due to the angled nature of the lots with small gardens to the front.

Materials and Colours
The houses are in a variety of materials with timber weatherboards, rendered masonry and stone. Roofs are in tile and corrugated metal. 8 Tennyson Street is unusual in being in timber with the boards cut to appear as stone. 48 Gale Street is in sandstone with an Italianate style verandah with decorative lacework.

Car Parking
The rear lanes provide car access to rear garages and carports.

Fencing
The front fencing varies with masonry walls, picket and timber fences or with the garden open to the footpath.

Landscape Elements including Paving and Driveways
Small front gardens generally laid to lawn with some shrub planting
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential

History

Historical notes: Mortlake township began with the establishment of the Australian Gas Light Company's works at Mortlake in 1886. Subdivision of the township took place in the following 2 years. The houses at 46-50 Gale Street appear to have been built soon after and were closely followed by the houses at 4-8 Tennyson Road.

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 Mortlake Workers' housing group is an interesting group of workers’ housing from the late Victorian and Federation period directly relating to the development of the AGL gasworks and the establishment of the Mortlake township.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This is a good group of workers' housing from the late Victorian and Federation periods that makes an important contribution to the local streetscape. The group makes an important contribution to the streetscape and forms a precinct of great charm and character.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanMortlake Workers' Housing Conservation AreaV07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2891466


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