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Cumberland Hospital - Kitchen Block

Item details

Name of item: Cumberland Hospital - Kitchen Block
Other name/s: Kitchen Block - Cumberland Hospital
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Health Services
Category: Kitchen
Primary address: Fleet Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP808447
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Fleet StreetParramattaParramattaFIELD OF MARSCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
NSW Department of HealthState Government 

Statement of significance:

Of historical and architectural significance, designed by renowned Government Architect, WL Vernon. This purpose built kitchen block forms part of the group of hospital buildings comprising the Cumberland psychiatric complex.
Date significance updated: 14 Dec 00
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Designer/Maker: Walter Liberty Vernon
Construction years: 1892-1893
Physical description: A two storey building designed as a kitchen with a large gabled ventilator and skylight set on the roof ridge line. External appearance is modest; it blends well with neighbouring buildings. A second floor was designed to hold dining and billiard rooms and a pantry. Now a dormitory for Ward 2.

The Sandstone building has a slate roof and is a mixture of Federation and the Arts and Craft style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:14 Dec 00
Current use: Ward Kitchen
Former use: Kitchen


Historical notes: Designed in 1892-3 by the new Government Architect, WL Vernon, following the institutional kitchen concept fashionable at the time.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Health-Activities associated with preparing and providing medical assistance and/or promoting or maintaining the well being of humans (none)-

Recommended management:

Requires reasonable care to protect external architectural integrity and the character of key internal spaces and structural systems.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Order Under Section 57(2) of the Heritage Act, 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to section 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:
1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government
Gazette on 7 March 2003, 18 June 2004 and 8 July 2005; and
2. grant standard exemptions from section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule below.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 25 March 2006

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Mar 25 2006

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register - Element 0082002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register 03/5/7/100801 Feb 92   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Department of Health - s170 Register199203/5/7/100Schwager, Brooks & Partners Pty Ltd  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5012374
File number: S95/00292/02

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