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Federation House

Item details

Name of item: Federation House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 75 Alexandra Street, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
75 Alexandra StreetDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A part of a consistent group of Federation houses built in 1905-6 during the main period of development of the Birkenhead and Dawson Estate Conservation Area. Located at the north end of Alexandra Street this house and the group contribute to the quality of the Birkenhead and Dawson Estate Conservation Area.
Date significance updated: 14 Oct 10
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Construction years: 1905-1906
Physical description: 75 Alexandra Street, Drummoyne is one of a group of four Federation houses built between 1905 and 1906. The house has a hipped and gabled front to Alexandra Street with a front verandah terminated by the gabled front. The verandah has a single slope roof, hipped at the end. The original house was built of face brick with a terracotta tile roof. The original front window is a squared bay with timber casements and toplights.

A substantial first floor addition is timber framed and includes a large balcony on flying brackets.
Modifications and dates: First floor addition to design of Braddon Patterson approved 2004
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Sidney John Bull, a solicitor of Sydney purchased lots 9, 10 and 11 of the Dawson Estate in 1904 and built the four houses now known as 75-81 Alexandra Street, Drummoyne as an investment. Frederick Corkhill appears to have been the first tenant of 75 Alexandra Street, living there from 1907.

Sidney Bull died in 1938 (according to an online search of Births, Deaths and Marriages). In 1940 the properties were transferred to his widow Josephine and his son William Charles, also a solicitor.

Josephine Bull died in 1943, so the properties were eventually transferred to the surviving owner William Charles Bull in 1950. William Bull divided the land into four allotments and they were sold separately. 75 Alexandra Street was sold to Elizabeth Henry.

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]
This house and its neighbours at 77-81 Alexandra Street were built in 1905-6 during the main period of development of the Birkenhead and Dawson Estate Conservation Area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A part of a consistent group of Federation houses at the north end of Alexandra Street that contribute to the quality of the Birkenhead and Dawson Estate Conservation Area.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Within a conservation area on an LEPBirkenhead and Dawson Estate Conservation AreaL07 Mar 08 301464
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References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Map 1949DP 367655
Written 1904Certificates of Title V1364 F 174 and V1527 F59
Written  Sands Sydney and Suburban Directory 1907

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2891512

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