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Item details

Name of item: Building
Other name/s: Shops/Warehouses
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Other - Commercial
Location: Lat: -33.8691122967 Long: 151.2034755470
Primary address: 121-127 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Parish: St Andrew
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT101 DP1009697
PART LOT102 DP1009697
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
121-127 Sussex StreetSydneySydneySt AndrewCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Sydney Harbour Foreshore AuthorityGeneral 

Statement of significance:

An early Victorian commercial terrace that makes an important contribution to the significance of the Sussex Street Group. The large openings at street level indicate the commercial function. The first floor is a sympathetically designed addition which is also a reflection of early prosperity. The terrace has heritage significance for its associations with produce merchants and wool merchants.
Date significance updated: 28 Nov 02
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Construction years: 1850-1850
Physical description: Built around the 1850s; painted stone and iron roof. Originally single storey to Sussex Street with four storeys at rear; sympathetic second storey added around Federation to Sussex Street elevation. Original tenants were very well known Sydney produce merchants.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Archaeological potential of the building is good.
Date condition updated:24 Oct 02
Current use: Four Points Hotel
Former use: Commercial / Warehousing


Historical notes: Mid nineteenth century commercial buildings reflecting the predominate use of the Sussex Street area as storage, warehousing, and markets closely related to the wharfage in Darling Harbour.

The site for much of its history in the 19th and early 20th century was the premises of produce and commission agents. There were other businesses occupying the premises including a photographer in the 1870s. Nipper and See were long-time residents, who as well as produce stores and agents were also auctioneers. Several Farmers Co-operative Associations had their warehouses and offices on the site during the late 19th Century. Goldsbrough Mort & Co had sampling rooms here during the 1890s. The buildings appear to have been modified or rebuilt just before Federation, incorporating warehouses and commercial chambers. There was a tinsmith and canister maker on the site for a short time after this. Well known produce merchants and auctioneers Livingstone and Gray, later known as Livingstone and Basham had a long tenancy on the site in the early 20th Century.

The site was extensively redeveloped in 1985 and incorporated into the Four Points Hotel.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has historical significance for its association with well known produce merchants.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Part of the Sussex Street group, the building makes a valuable contribution to the streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Settlement has occurred on Sussex Street frontage, windows not original and some shopfront panelling replaced.
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:

Conservation Management plan and archaeological assessment recommended

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Record converted from HIS events
Refer to standard exemptions gazetted 23 October 1998.

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
*change of use;
*strata subdivision
* maintenance of any item (building, works, relics or places) on the site, where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing fabric.
*Minor repairs where minor repair means the repair of materials and includes replacement of minor components such as individual bricks, where these have been damaged beyond reasonable repair or are missing. Replacements should be of the same materials, colour, texture, form and design as the original it replaces.
*alterations to the interior of a building which are of a minor nature and will not adversely affect the significance of the building as an item of the environmental heritage.
Apr 6 1990
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions ORDER UNDER SECTION 57(2) OF THE HERITAGE ACT 1977

Standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977.

I, Donald Harwin, the Special Minister of State 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, effective 1 December 2020:

1. revoke the order made on 11 July 2008 and published on pages 91177 to 9182 of Government Gazette Number 110 of 5 September 2008 and varied by notice published in the Government Gazette on 5 March 2015; and

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

Donald Harwin
Special Minister of State
Signed this 9th Day of November 2020.

To view the standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 click on the link below.
Nov 13 2020

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0041202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0041209 Aug 85 1144132

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Management Plan  Sands Directorys
Management PlanRegister of National Estate Commercial Stores (former), Darling Harbour

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage NSW
Database number: 5045058
File number: S90/01645 & HC 31211

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