Electricity Substation No. 101 | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Electricity Substation No. 101

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 101
Other name/s: #101 'Ahsmore Street' Substation, 'S.m.c. Electric Lighting Substation No. 101"
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 1A Ashmore Street, Erskineville, NSW 2043
Local govt. area: Sydney


Building only - located in a park.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1A Ashmore StreetErskinevilleSydney  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Ashmore Street substation is a representative example of a typical purpose designed and built structure dating from the Interwar period. It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the early phase of expansion of the electricity network into the suburbs.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 07
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Designer/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Builder/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Construction years: 1919-1919
Physical description: The Ashmore Street substation is a single storey tuck pointed face brick structure with a symmetrical façade designed in the Interwar Stripped Classical style. Decorative elements include a single cement rendered cornice extending above all openings, and a large identity plaque surmounting the doorway identifying the building. Bullnose bricks are used at the architraves and window sills, and a blank arched opening surmounts one window. It is located in the Erskinville Urban Conservation Area as listed by the National Trust.

The Ashmore Street substation is constructed in load bearing tuck pointed face brick. It makes use of cement render for decorative elements and has a steel roller shutter.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Render signage needs repainting. Old window screens. Dirt build up on side. Ivy on building.
Date condition updated:27 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: Roof, gutters and downpipes replaced. Roller door replaced. One window infilled.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Ashmore Street substation is a purpose designed and built structure constructed c1919. "S.M.C. ELECTRIC LIGHTING SUBSTATION No. 101" appears on the façade in relief. It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the early phase of expansion of the electricity network into the suburbs.

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 important as an example of the infrastructure constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the rapid expansion of the electricity network into the suburbs.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Ashmore Street substation is a representative example of a typical purpose designed and built structure dating from the Interwar period.
SHR Criteria g)
Typical in terms of scale, function and technical arrangement to many electricial distribution substation located throughout Sydney.
Integrity/Intactness: 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.

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 Register343041101 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 2922Schwager 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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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3430411

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