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Gale Street Victorian Housing Conservation Area

Item details

Name of item: Gale Street Victorian Housing Conservation Area
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 37-39 Gale Street, Mortlake, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
37-39 Gale StreetMortlakeCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Gale Street Victorian Housing Conservation area is a good example of two Victorian cottages that form an important group in the streetscape and that have historical associations with the AGL gasworks and the subdivision of the Mortlake Township.
Date significance updated: 29 May 09
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Description

Physical description: The Gale Street Conservation area is a group of two, single storey, Victorian cottages with symmetrical front verandahs.

Setting
The group is set on similar blocks along a tree lined street 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 cottage form style with double fronted elevations and front verandahs

Siting
The front setbacks are the same with a small garden to the front. The setback of adjoining houses varies.

Materials and Colours
The houses are in different materials. 37 Gale Street is in painted brick with high gables to the side and has a bullnosed verandah with a corrugated metal roof. 39 Gale Street is in weatherboard with a concrete tile roof.

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

Fencing
The front fencing varies with a metal tube and wire fence to 39 Gale Street and no fence to 37 Gale Street.

Landscape Elements including Paving and Driveways
The small front gardens are laid to lawn with some shrub planting.
Modifications and dates: Roofing to 39 replaced.
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 37-39 Gale Street were built soon after the subdivision of the township.

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 Gale Street Conservation area is a good example of two Victorian cottages that form an important group in the streetscape and that have historical associations with the AGL gasworks and the subdivision of the Mortlake Township.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Gale Street Conservation area is a good example of two Victorian cottages that form an important group in the streetscape and that have historical associations with the AGL gasworks and the subdivision of the Mortlake Township.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This group is representative of late Victorian workers' housing.
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 PlanGale Street Victorian Housing Conservation AreaY07 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: 2891469


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