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Undercliffe Terrace

Item details

Name of item: Undercliffe Terrace
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: -33.8580626711 Long: 151.2050801605
Primary address: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 Argyle Place, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Parish: St Philip
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT21 DP1152803
LOT59 DP115516
LOT40 DP1199181
LOT41 DP1199181
LOT3 DP1205717
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
52, 54, 56, 58, 60 Argyle PlaceMillers PointSydneySt PhilipCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Willeese Pty LtdPrivate 

Statement of significance:

This 1840's terrace, altered in later Victorian times to include Italianate verandahs and windows, forms part of an important streetscape element facing Argyle Place.

It is part of the Millers Point Conservation Area, an intact residential and maritime precinct. It contains residential buildings and civic spaces dating from the 1830's and is an important example of C19th adaptation of the landscape.
Date significance updated: 23 Nov 00
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Physical description: Large Georgian terrace with Victorian detail added, contains 7 bedsitting rooms and is last of a row constructed C1840. This two storey (plus attic) building has double hung sash windows with stone sills, a bull-nose galvanised iron verandah roof, a simple parapet above, cast iron balustrades and columns, french doors on second storey and fan lights above doorways. Storeys: 3 Construction: Paint finished rendered masonry with decorative iron lace columns and balustrading both floors. Painted timber verandah beams with iron lace with frieze underneath. Corrigated galvanised iron roof, painted timber joinery. Style: Georgian (with Victorian Italianate additions) Orientation: Overlooking Argyle Place
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
External: Good
Modifications and dates: External: Dormer windows added (c.1860), late Victorian Italianate 2 storey verandahs and render to exterior walls (c.1870). C20th addition at rear. - Last inspected: 19/02/95 Internal: Repairs needed to some verandah boards, dormer structure, windows and ironwork - Last inspected:
Current use: Boarding House
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Millers Point is one of the earliest areas of European settlement in Australia, and a focus for maritime activities. Argyle Place, a primitive version of a London Square, was commenced by Govenor Macquarie but not fully formed until after quarrying of the adjacent rock face had ceased in about 1865.

In 1958 architect John Fisher (member of the Institute of Architects, the Cumberland County Council Historic Buildings Committee and on the first Council of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) after its reformation in 1960), with the help of artist Cedric Flower, convinced Taubmans to paint the central bungalow at 50 Argyle Place. This drew attention to the importance of the Rocks for the first time. As a result, Fisher was able to negotiate leases for Bligh House (later Clyde Bank) and houses in Windmill Street for various medical societies (Lucas & McGinness, 2012).

The terrace was first tenanted by Department of Housing in 1991.

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
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for endorsement52, 54 and 60 Argyle Place Feb 24 2016

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0090202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Local Environmental PlanCSH LEP 4 07 Apr 00   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Department of Housing s170 Register1998 Brooks & Associates  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenLucas, Clive & McGinness, Mark2012'John Fisher, 1924-2012 - champion of the state's structures'
WrittenOrwell & Peter Phillips201652, 54 & 60 Argyle Place - Conservation Management Plan

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045089
File number: EF14/5682

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