Electricity Substation No. 269 | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Electricity Substation No. 269

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 269
Other name/s: #269 'Waverley' 33Kv Zone, 'Electricity Dept Substation No. 269'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 36 Angelsea Street, Bondi, NSW 2026
Local govt. area: Waverley


Whole site. Transformer yard not considered significant.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
36 Angelsea StreetBondiWaverley  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

Waverley Zone Substation No 269 is an exceptionally large and finely detailed example of a Mediterranean style substation with element of Spanish Mission style. It was designed by the City Architect’s Office of the Municipal Council of Sydney and was used to supply bulk high voltage power to the surrounding area. It is the largest of this style of substation and reflects the efforts of the Municipal Council of Sydney to design attractive public buildings which fit in with the prevailing architectural style of the surrounding area. The substation was a major piece of electrical infrastructure for this area of the city, constructed in response to the strong residential growth in the surrounding suburbs in the 1930s. Despite the internal equipment being substantially modified, the substation remains in service for its original purpose.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 07
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Designer/Maker: Walter H White, City Architect's Office, Municipal Council of Sydney
Builder/Maker: Municipal Council of Sydney
Construction years: 1928-1928
Physical description: The Waverley Zone substation is a large cement rendered building comprising a two storey gable roofed structure with and abutting single storey section. Designed in the Interwar Mediterranean style, stylistic elements include a stylised balcony with arch motif brackets, a curved tile ventilation panel, and decorative projecting rendered roof joists.

The Waverley Zone substation is constructed with load bearing brickwork faced with cement render. It features rounded roof tiles and multi paned windows and a large steel roller shutter entrance door.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Large crack to front boundary masonry wall. Some areas of building require painting. Evidence of weather penetration and minor damage to roof tiles.
Date condition updated:27 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: Gutters and downpipes replaced in correct profile. Doros replaced. Chain wire fences replaced.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Waverley Zone substation is a purpose designed and built structure dating from 1928. "ELECTRICITY DEPT SUBSTATION No. 269". It was constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney as a zone substation to supply high voltage power (33 kV) to the area.

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 the key piece of infrastructure which delivered high voltage power to the area and underpinned the local electricity distribution system.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The site does not meet this criterion at a State level. It is one of many substations designed by the City Architect's Office of the Municipal Council of Sydney during this period.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Waverley Zone substation is a substantial externally intact and representative example of an Interwar Mediterranean styled zone substation with elements of Spanish Mission style. It is the largest of this style of substation and fits into the overall group of Mediterranean and Mission style substations which service the Eastern Suburbs. It reflects the Municipal Council of Sydney's desire to construct industrial buildings which were attractive and designed to be in keeping with the prevailing architectural style of the area.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The site does not meet this criterion. While the arrival of electricity in this area would have been a major social change in the 1920s and 1930s, such infrastructure is now universal.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The site does not meet this criterion. The internal equipment has been modified many times over the life of the site.
SHR Criteria f)
Waverley is the only Zone Substation built in this architectural style.
SHR Criteria g)
Typical in form, scale and technical details to other zone substations however precise layout is adapted to this site.
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 is important to the heritage of NSW and must be conserved. A Conservation Management Plan has been prepared for this item in March 2008. Original details must 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 Statement of Heritage Impact and undertake an archival recording. Assess proposed changes against the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval and, if necessary, seek approval under the Heritage Act. Wherever possible, changes should be restricted to the interior of the building and be designed to minimise impact to significant fabric. Routine maintenance of existing fabric is essential.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerAusgrid Heritage Register343047801 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 3289Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd  No
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes
Draft Waverley Heritage Assessment20072Waverley Council  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenWilkenfeld and Spearitt2004Electrifying Sydney

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Name: State Government
Database number: 3430478

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