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Thomas Hogan Reserve & Bird Sanctuary (Formerly Glen-Roona Reserve)

Item details

Name of item: Thomas Hogan Reserve & Bird Sanctuary (Formerly Glen-Roona Reserve)
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Francis Street, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Francis StreetBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An impressive and unusual park, probably dating from the 1920's. Has a welcome rainforest quality in an otherwise hard suburban landscape. Important as a bird sanctuary. Historical interest for reported association with a well known local landscape gardener. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 05 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1915-1945
Physical description: A sheltered park set in an intimate valley location. A most effective use of small space. The central lower level grass lawn is almost completely surrounded by mature trees. The steep sides to the south and west are heavily vegetated, and scattered with large sandstone rocks. The plan and planting have a strong sense of design quality. Provides a sanctuary for local birds. There is a notable palm thicket. Palms to 12m generally, with one Cabbage Tree palm type to 25m. Other notable planting includes a grove of Camphor laurels to 16m high, and a Cedar 13m high. The higher level includes a Port Jackson fig (to 12m) and a tall brush box (to 15m). Play equipment from c.1960 to c.1975.
Current use: Reserve and Bird Sanctuary
Former use: Reserve and Bird Sanctuary


Historical notes: Site known as "Bondi Glen" in 1870's or thereabouts. Also known as "Glen-Roona" Reserve. Thought to have been part of a wellknown garden kept by a local landscape gardener named Schneider. (Dowd, p.27).

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of historical and cultural significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of aesthetic and streetscape/landscape significance.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L60/2050Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2990022

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