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Centennial Park No.2 (Covered) (WS 0023)

Item details

Name of item: Centennial Park No.2 (Covered) (WS 0023)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Water
Category: Water Supply Reservoir/ Dam
Primary address: Oxford Street, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Randwick


UBD Sydney 37th Edition 2001 Map 16, N6
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Oxford StreetCentennial ParkRandwick  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Sydney WaterState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Centennial Park Group of three reservoirs, including Woollahra Reservoir (WS 144), 1880, Centennial Park No.1 (WS 22), 1899, and Centennial Park No.2 (WS 23), 1925, demonstrate the development in construction technology for covered reservoirs, as well as the dramatic increase in demand in the growing Sydney suburbs. The group is unique in the SWC system, because of their size, design and level of architectural detailing.

Centennial Park No.2 (WS 23) is one of a small group of covered reservoirs in the SWC system, illustrating the variation and development of construction technology and demonstrating the rapid growth in demand in inner suburban Sydney. All covered reservoirs are highly significant within the SWC system, since all differ in construction technology, design and architectural detailing. All therefore contribute to our understanding of the development of covered reservoirs in NSW.

The listing includes the reservoir and all associated pipework, valves and valve houses to the property boundary.
Date significance updated: 30 Jun 00
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Physical description: Centennial Park No.2 (WS 23) is a large rectangular covered reservoir, with a triangular shaped connection to Centennial Park No.1 (WS 22). It is partly excavated into bedrock and part in embankment. The internal structure of the reservoir was not visible for inspection.

The perimeter of the reservoir is bounded by a sandstone dwarf wall, originally with a cast iron palisade fence, identical to that surrounding Centennial Park. At the corners of the reservoir are substantial sandstone posts. There are also gateways along the perimeter, flanked by sandstone gateposts. Only one pair of original iron gates survives on the west side near Oxford Street. The gateways are at the top of flights of stairs leading up from the park below. The top of the reinforced concrete reservoir is covered with fill and grassed over. On the Oxford Street frontage there is a brick entrance chamber or valve house. The inscription over the doorway reads " MWS&DB / Centennial Park / Reservoir No. 2 / 1925".

The recreational and open space usage of the roof of the reservoir is a historical and important feature of most covered reservoirs.

Full Service Level: 75 m.
Capacity: 90 ML.
Date condition updated:01 Jan 00
Further information: See other listings in Centennial Park Reservoir Group.
See other listings in Covered Reservoir Group.
Current use: Reservoir.
Former use: Reservoir.


Historical notes: Centennial Park No.2 (WS 23) was completed in 1925. It augmented the storage available in Centennial Park No 1. It was supplied by water pumped from Crown Street Reservoir and ultimately from the Upper Nepean Scheme (1888 onwards). It now receives supply from two pumping stations in Waterloo.

Centennial Park Nos 1 and 2 supply the Inner City and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

Recommended management:

Where no Conservation Management Plan, Heritage Assessment or Statement of Heritage Impact is in place, or where works are outside the scope existing heritage documentation, assess heritage impacts of proposed works in accordance with Sydney Water Environment Impact Assessment procedures. Undertake a Heritage Assessment and/or Statement of Heritage Impact as required. Liaise with the Sydney Water Heritage Manager when major changes are planned for the item. Undertake archival and photographic recording before major changes, in accordance with Heritage Council guidelines. Lodge copies of the archival record with the Sydney Water Archives and the NSW Heritage Office.


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Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Database number: 4575730

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