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Electricity Substation No. 184

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 184
Other name/s: #184 'Leichhardt Street', 'Electricity Dept. Sub Station No. 184'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: Leichhardt Lane, Waverley, NSW 2024
Local govt. area: Waverley


Whole site
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Leichhardt LaneWaverleyWaverley  Primary Address
Leichhardt StreetWaverleyWaverley  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Leichhardt Street substation is a modest yet externally intact example of a purpose designed and constructed Interwar building. 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 Leichhardt Street substation is a tuck pointed face brick structure designed in the Interwar Georgian Revival style, evidenced by the simple symmetrical façade, raised parapet and central classical arched entrance with a rendered lintel over, flanked by two multi paned windows. A contrasting cornice above the plant door bears the identity of the building in relief.

The Leichhardt Street substation is constructed using load bearing face brick and makes use of cement render for the entrance lintel cornice.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Personnel door, windows and render details need paint. Vegetation in pediment masonry.
Date condition updated:27 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: New clerestory. Gutters and downpipes replaced. Right side of building appears rebuilt. Roller door replaced.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Leichhardt Street substation is a purpose designed and built structure constructed c1926. "ELECTRICITY DEPT. SUB STATION No. 184" 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 Leichhardt Street substation is a modest yet externally intact example of a purpose designed and constructed Interwar building.
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 Register343048101 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 3285Schwager 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: 3430481

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