Charing Cross | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Charing Cross

Item details

Name of item: Charing Cross
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.9002770246 Long: 151.2524372610
Primary address: 11 Victoria Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
Local Aboriginal Land Council: La Perouse
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOTA DP947094
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
11 Victoria StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated

Statement of significance:

Built in the 1860's it is one of the earliest buildings in the Waverley area.
Date significance updated: 25 May 06
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Construction years: 1860-1860
Physical description: The building comprises a two storey structure with central hallway and two storey verandah. Little of the original internal fabric remains.
Modifications and dates: 1985 - Façade restoration work carried out by Stonehill Restorations under the supervision of David Sheedy, Architect.
Current use: house, childcare centre
Former use: Pre-School


Historical notes: Waverley:
Waverley took its name from the title of a book by the famous Scottish author and poet, Sir Walter Scott. Its connection with the suburb of Waverley comes through Barnet Levey (or Levy, 1798-1837) who came to Sydney in the 1820s to visit his brother. When he saw how prosperous the city was becoming, Levey decided to settle here and set up a business as a general merchant. In 1831 he was granted 60 acres in the area bounded by the present Old South Head Road, Birrell Street, Paul Street and Hollywood Avenue. He must have occupied the land before the official grant because he built himself a substantial two story home on Old South Head Road in 1827, naming it Waverley House after the book by his favourite author. As time passed the house became a distinctive landmark and gave its name to the surrounding district, which was simply called Waverley. Levey established Sydney's first permanent theatre behind his shop in George Street. His projects consumed all his money, and when he died in 1837 he left a widow and four children in poverty. In 1837 the house was taken over for a Catholic school or orphanage, but it was demolished early in the 20th century.

Waverley municipality was proclaimed in 1859. By the 1880s trams were running to the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs and Waverley became a popular picnic spot. Waverley Park had a splendid oval, used by the established Waverley District Cricket Club.

Waverley Cemetery was established in 1877 on the site of the old tram terminus, on a beautiful site near the ocean. It houses many historically notable people.

The 1866 NSW Gazetteer described Waverley as having Clough's Windmill, Allan's Soap Works, Dickson's Soap and Candle Works and Scott's Blacking and Fireworks Factory. There were also four quarries producing excellent freestone. Today however, it is an attractive residential suburb, just west of Tamarama Beach (Pollen & Healy, 1988, 266-7)

Charing Cross:
Built in the 1860s it is one of the earliest buildings in the Waverley area.

In consultation with the Heritage Branch the rear of the building was altered to accommodate a professional child minding centre. The front of the house and upstairs was used as a private residence.

In 1984 the then owner applied to the Heritage Council for financial assistance to restore the facade. A $ for $ amount of $30,000 was provided and the work completed in 1985. One of the conditions attached to the assistance was the making of a Permament Conservation Order which was placed over the property 11 April 1986.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Adapted heritage building or structure-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Changing land uses - from rural to suburban-

Procedures /Exemptions

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

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 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 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0044902 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0044911 Apr 86 601615
Heritage Act - s.130 Order - Lapsed  12 Oct 79 1405125

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Charing Cross Heritage Walk View detail
Written 1985Branch Manager's Report No. 407/85 of 8 November 1985
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Charing Cross Heritage Walk View detail
WrittenPollon, Frances & Healy, Gerald (ed.s & contributors)1990'Waverley' entry in The Book of Sydney Suburbs

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045037
File number: S90/04802 & HC 33057

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