Electricity Substation No. 183 | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Electricity Substation No. 183

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 183
Other name/s: #183 'Gould Street', 'Smc Electricity Substation No. 183'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 80 Gould Street, North Bondi, NSW 2026
Local govt. area: Waverley


Whole site
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
80 Gould StreetNorth BondiWaverley  Primary Address
Near Roscoe StreetNorth BondiWaverley  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Gould Street substation is a modest single storey Interwar Stripped Classical purpose designed and built structure. It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the period of rapid expansion of the electricity network to 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: 1926-1926
Physical description: The Gould Street substation is a single storey tuck pointed face brick structure designed in the Stripped Classical style. It has a symmetrical façade, raised gabled parapet and central arched entrance with a contrasting rendered lintel cornice flanked by two small multi paned windows and a personnel door.

The Gould Street substation is constructed using load bearing face brick and incorporates a cement rendered entrance lintel cornice.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Masonry cracking around left window and left side of pediment. Steel windows need paint. Grafitti.
Date condition updated:06 Sep 12
Modifications and dates: Gutters and downpipes replaced. Doors replaced.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Gould Street substation is a purpose designed and built structure dating from 1926. "SMC ELCTRICITY SUBSTATION No. 183" appears on the façade in relief. It was built by the Municipal Council of Sydney during the period of rapid expansion of the electricity network to 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 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 Gould Street substation is a modest single storey Interwar Stripped Classical purpose designed and built structure.
SHR Criteria g)
Typical in form, scale and technical arrangement to substations throughout the electricity network.
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 Register343047901 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 3307Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd  No
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes
Draft Waverley Heritage Assessment200796Waverley 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: 3430479

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