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Hely's Grave

Item details

Name of item: Hely's Grave
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Cemeteries and Burial Sites
Category: Isolated Grave/Burial Site
Location: Lat: -33.4031122328 Long: 151.3505417360
Primary address: Pacific Highway, Wyoming, NSW 2250
Parish: Gosford
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Gosford
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Darkinjung
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOTD DP346298
LOT1 DP546958
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Pacific HighwayWyomingGosfordGosfordNorthumberlandPrimary Address
PACIFIC HighwayWyomingGosfordGosfordNorthumberlandAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
former Gosford City CouncilLocal Government26 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

The remains of the Hely Estate comprise Wyoming cottage which was the main cottage, the Grange which was the stables building (now a residence) and Hely's grave. All three items were designed by the eminent architect John Verge and are three of the relatively few of his works which survive.

Hely was one of the first land owners in the district and by far the largest. With the advantages of wealth and position, his life-style and work (which are well documented) provide an important contrast to that of the 'small settler' of which the district abounded.
Date significance updated: 22 Feb 13
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Description

Designer/Maker: John Verge
Construction years: 1836-
Physical description: Hely's Grave consists of a low stone wall approximately 6 metres square which has a shaped coping which appears to have once supported a decorative railing. In the centre of the walled area sits a simple engraved slab of sandstone.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The monument is in a deteriorated condition. Sandstone blocks have been chipped, broken and dislodged. The surrounding land and parts of the perimeter wall are overgrown with vegetation.
Date condition updated:20 Jun 00
Current use: Grave

History

Historical notes: Frederick Augustus Hely was Principal Superintendent of convicts from 1823 until his death in 1836. As head of the Convict Department he was stationed in Sydney but hoped to settle in Brisbane Waters where he obtained a large land grant. By 1825 he established a farm called Wyoming in the Narara valley.

Hely was one of the first land owners in the district and by far the largest. With the advantages of wealth and position, his life style and work provide an important contrast to that of the small settler of which the district abounded.

Hely died in 1837.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Convict-Activities relating to incarceration, transport, reform, accommodation and working during the convict period in NSW (1788-1850) - does not include activities associated with the conviction of persons in NSW that are unrelated to the imperial 'convict system': use the theme of Law & Order for such activities Administering the convict system-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Frederick Augustus Hely was Principal Superintendent of convicts from 1823 until his death in 1836. As head of the Convict Department he was stationed in Sydney but hoped to settle in Brisbane Waters where he obtained a large land grant. By 1825 he established a farm called Wyoming in the Narara valley. Hely was one of the first land owners in the district and by far the largest.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The remains of the Hely Estate comprise Wyoming cottage which was the main cottage, The Grange which was the stables building (now a residence) and Hely's grave. All three items were designed by the eminent architect John Verge and are three of the relatively few of his works which survive.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Hely's grave is part of the Hely Estate designed by the eminent architect John Verge and one of the relatively few of his works which survive.
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.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
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.

FRANK SARTOR
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

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0005302 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0005319 Dec 80 1916536

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1980Heritage Council's Report No: 9/80, Jan 25
Written 1825Sydney Gazette, October 12
Written  Will of F.A.Hely
WrittenBroadbent, Evans and Lucas1978The Golden Decade of Australian Architecture - The work of John Verge
WrittenJohn Verge Will Graves Verge

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: 5045144
File number: S90/05951 & HC 32353


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