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House - 102 Frederick Street, Ashfield

Item details

Name of item: House - 102 Frederick Street, Ashfield
Other name/s: Chatsworth
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 102 Frederick Street, Ashfield, NSW 2131
Local govt. area: Ashfield
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
102 Frederick StreetAshfieldAshfield  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads and Maritime ServicesState Government 

Statement of significance:

As a good example of an early timber Federation style cottage 102 Frederick Street is of local aesthetic significance. Timber houses of this period are rare in the area.
Date significance updated: 07 Oct 04
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Physical description: Form: Cottage.
Style/Period: Federation.
Storeys: 1
Roof: Fibro shingles with terracotta ridge capping, brick chimney, verandah roof is corrugated galvanised Iron.
Walls: Rusticated weather-board, roughcast and timber gable end.
Fenestration: Timber casement with decorative timber sills, one with awning.
Alterations: Fibro addition to rear.
Site Landscaping: Some mature eucalypts.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:20 Aug 04
Modifications and dates: Early 20th century
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The subject property is located in August Alt's 1794 grant of 100 acres known as Heritage Farm. The house was built in 1894 and was owned by James Blackham, labourer, and occupied by Thomas Eustace. According to Sands, Eustace still occupied the house in 1902, followed by Mrs Bridget Breen in 1903, a South Sea Islanders’ Home 1904-1906, and Edward Charles Riggs in 1907. From 1908 to 1911, the owner James Blackham occupied the house. Blackham also owned the adjacent property. From 1912 to 1915 A.G Wilder, a gardener, lived in the house. From 1916 until the Sands directory ceased in 1931, Ernest W. Hill lived in the house, which at this time was called Chatsworth.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is of local significance as a good, highly intact example of a weatherboard cottage, now rare in the local area. The mature eucalyptus on the site add further to the evocative character of the building.
SHR Criteria f)
Weatherboard cottages of this type are rare in the Ashfield LGA.
SHR Criteria g)
As a highly intact timber cottage, the house is a good representative example of its type.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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:

List on RTA s170 Heritage and Conservation Register.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
RTA Sydney - City Sub-region Heritage Study2004 Godden Mackay Logan  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  John Sands Sydney Suburban and Alphabetical Directories
Written  Rate Books and Valuer-General’s books
WrittenCoupe Sheena and Coupe Robert1988Speed the Plough: Ashfield 1788-1988.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4305641

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