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Electricity Substation No. 266

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 266
Other name/s: #266 'Woolcott Street' Substation, 'M.c. of S. Electricity Dept. Sub No.266'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 92 William Street, Earlwood, NSW 2206
Local govt. area: Canterbury


Whole site
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
92 William StreetEarlwoodCanterbury  Primary Address
Near Woolcott StreetEarlwoodCanterbury  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Woolcott Street substation is an attractive and representative example of an Interwar building that features a Mediterranean styled multi-coloured ceramic tiled parapet. It is typical of the small scale distribution substations constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the roll-out of electricity to suburban areas in the 1920s and 1930s.
Date significance updated: 07 Mar 07
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Designer/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Builder/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Construction years: 1928-1928
Physical description: The Woolcott Street substation is a double height building, set back from the street and presents a symmetrical fa├žade in a mixture of the Interwar Georgian Revival and Mediterranean styles. Two large arched plant access doorways are located either side of a personnel entrance. Stylistic elements include a multi-coloured ceramic tiled parapet with a dentilated and corralled brick cornice, tuck pointed brickwork and a small curved tile vent.

The Woolcott Street substation is constructed in a dark face brick. Elongated bull nosed bricks form the two arched entrances and the parapet is capped with ceramic tiles.
Date condition updated:07 Mar 07
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Woolcott Street substation is a purpose designed and built structure dating from 1928. A metal name plaque reads, "M.C. of S. ELECTRICITY DEPT. SUBSTATION No. 266". It was constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the rapid expansion of the electricity network into the suburbs in the 1920s.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Distribution of electricity-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically significant as a part of the roll-out of electricity to the suburbs of Sydney by the Municipal Council of Sydney.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A good example of a well proportioned purpose built substation in the Spanish mission style.
SHR Criteria g)
It is typical of the small scale distribution substations constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the roll-out of electricity to suburban areas in the 1920s and 1930s.
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.

Recommended management:

This item contributes to local character and should be conserved. Original details should be maintained including doors, windows and original signage. New materials should be sympathetic to the nature and character of the original building. In the event of major proposed changes, prepare a Conservation Management Strategy and undertake an archival recording. Wherever possible, changes should be restricted to the interior of the building. Routine maintenance of existing fabric is essential.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerAusgrid Heritage Register343029401 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 690Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd  No
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenWilkenfeld and Spearitt2004Electrifying Sydney

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Name: State Government
Database number: 3430294

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