Electricity Substation No. 354 | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Electricity Substation No. 354

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 354
Other name/s: #354 'Hastings Parade', 'M.c. of S. Electricity Dept Substation No. 354'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 1 Hastings Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Local govt. area: Waverley


Building only - no grounds
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Hastings ParadeBondi BeachWaverley  Primary Address
Near Mitchell StreetBondiWaverley  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Hastings Parade substation is a rare and representative example of an intact two storey substation designed in the Interwar Mediterranean style. It harmonizes and compliments the streetscape of surrounding face brick apartment blocks constructed during the same period. It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the phase of rapid expansion of the electricity network.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 07
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Designer/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Builder/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Construction years: 1930-1931
Physical description: The Hastings Parade substation is a two storey face brick structure with a symmetrical façade designed in the Interwar Georgian Revival style. Stylistic elements include a central arched entrance with decorative fanlight and two multi paned windows on the upper storey. Decorative elements include a corbelled brick cornice below the raised parapet, perimeter brick fences which curve up towards the façade from the lower level street brick fence and scrolled security's ironwork on the windows.

The Hastings Parade substation is constructed in load bearing face brick and makes use of a brick arched entrance.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Original decorative wrought iron window screens rusted - must be retained. MCS crest is badly damaged. Retains original copper gutters and downpipes.
Date condition updated:26 Oct 12
Modifications and dates: Some brickwork overpainted.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Hastings Parade substation is a purpose designed and built structure dating from 1939. A metal identity plaque reads "M.C. of S. ELECTRICITY DEPT SUBSTATION No. 354". It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the phase of rapid expansion of the electricity network.

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 an example of the infrastructure built to support the rapid expansion of electricity to Sydney's suburbs in the 1920s and 1930s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Hastings Parade substation is a rare and representative example of an intact two storey substation designed in the Interwar Mediterranean style
SHR Criteria g)
Typical in form, scale and technical arrangement to substations throughout the electricity network.
Integrity/Intactness: Mostly intact - some details missing.
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 Register343047501 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 3310Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd  No
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes
Draft Waverley Heritage Assessment200799Waverley Council  No

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: 3430475

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