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House - 24 Frederick Street, Ashfield

Item details

Name of item: House - 24 Frederick Street, Ashfield
Other name/s: Wairra
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 24 Frederick Street, Ashfield, NSW 2131
Local govt. area: Ashfield
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
24 Frederick StreetAshfieldAshfield  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads and Maritime ServicesState Government 

Statement of significance:

As a good example of a Federation style cottage typifying the early 20th century suburban development of the area, 24 Frederick Street is of local aesthetic significance. The house contributes to the quality of the local streetscape in its form, detailing, scale and setback, however this contribution could be improved by reversal of modern alterations.
Date significance updated: 07 Oct 04
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Physical description: Form: Bungalow with gable.
Style/Period: Federation.
Storeys: 1.
Roof: Corrugated galvanised iron. Three roughcast render chimneys with terracotta pots.
Walls: Brick, roughcast decorative detail to front gable, shaped bargeboard.
Fenestration: Timber sash and front 3-bay casements with coloured glass margin panes and awning.
Alterations: Front path and door. Back verandah is partly infilled with fibro.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:22 Sep 04
Modifications and dates: Early 20th century
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Suburban settlement in Ashfield increased as subdivisions became available throughout the 1860’s and 70’s as a result of the improved access to Ashfield village afforded by the railway which opened in 1855. During the boom years precipitated by the gold rush and the growth of the wool industry, Ashfield experienced a rise in population of all economic classes, resulting in the built character of the suburb which remains to the present. Substantial mansions, villas, and terraces were built by prominent residents and land speculators, while more moderate working class dwellings were built within walking of the railway stations.
Frederick Street is first shown in the 1883 Higinbotham & Robinson plan of Ashfield.
Peter G Charters is the first occupant of 24 Frederick Street, from 1915. After his death in 1929, his widow continued to occupy the property until at least 1933 when the Sands Directory ceased.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Despite some reversible alterations, the house is of local aesthetic significance as a good example of a Federation style cottage retaining some original features, notably the timber casement windows with coloured glazing. The house contributes to the quality of the local streetscape in its form, detailing, scale and setback.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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  20 Nov 09   

Study details

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

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
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: 4305645

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