Electricity Substation No. 344 | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Electricity Substation No. 344

Item details

Name of item: Electricity Substation No. 344
Other name/s: #344 'Lucius Street', 'M.c. of S. Electricity Dept Substation No. 344'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Electricity
Category: Electricity Transformer/Substation
Primary address: 2 Lucius Street, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Local govt. area: Waverley


Whole site
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Lucius StreetBondi BeachWaverley  Primary Address
Near Francis StreetBondi BeachWaverley  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
AusgridState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Lucius Street substation is a representative example of an attractive and externally intact Interwar Georgian Revival Styled 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: 1930-1930
Physical description: The Lucius Street substation is a simple single storey face brick structure set back from the street behind a low brick wall. It is designed in the Interwar Georgian Revival style evidenced by the hipped roof, arch headed entranced with original timber doors compete with segmented toplights and use of brick quoins. Decorative elements include metallic disks affixed to the fa├žade.

The Lucius Street substation is constructed using load bearing face brick and incorporates brick arched entrances, original timber framed arched doors and a ceramic tiled roof.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Soffit needs painting. Grafitti. Ivy on sides.
Date condition updated:27 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: Panelled entrance doors removed post-1994. Gutters and downpipes replaced. Minor structural repair above left arch.
Further information: Door stops provide evidence for outward-opening double doors. Doors were present at the time of the 1994 Heritage Register study.
Current use: Electricity Substation


Historical notes: The Lucius Street substation is a purpose designed and build structure dating from 1930. A metal identification plaque reads "M.C. of S. ELECTRICITY DEPT SUBSTATION No. 344". 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 Lucius Street substation is a representative example of an attractive and externally intact Interwar Georgian Revival Styled 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 Register343048301 Nov 94   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Electricity S170 Heritage and Conservation Register1994PMIS 3320Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd  No
EnergyAustralia Heritage Register Review2007 MacLaren NorthM North Yes
Draft Waverley Heritage Assessment2007121Waverley 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: 3430483

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