Ildemere | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Ildemere
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.8454424599 Long: 151.2062364880
Primary address: 11-11a Bayview Point, McMahons Point, NSW 2060
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: North Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP1097479
LOT2 DP1097479
LOT3 DP1097479
LOT4 DP1097479
LOT5 DP1097479
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
11-11a Bayview PointMcMahons PointNorth SydneyWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated


Construction years: 1879-1888
Physical description: House (c.1879)
Fine example of Victorian waterfront mansion with individual details of particular interest. Important as the last of the type along this foreshore especially as it's waterfrontage and boatshed are intact. Significant garden. Associated with prominent Sydney jeweller and resident. Visually prominent from the water which is it's dominant aspect (LEP, 2013).

This building is designed in the Victorian Filligree Style.

Architectural evidence suggests an 1880s house with Federation period extensions. A two-storey brick building, rendered to imitate ashlar on the main (east) side; colonial bond painted brick with boxed eaves on north side; 2 storey south section of Edwardian character of stretcher bond painted brick with exposed rafters. Complex iron roof and corbelled brick chimneys. Windows variously round-arched and double hung, or casement; south side has a large Edwardian round arched window. Facetted bay front on the eastern side. 2 storey verandah to front and side with cast iron posts, balustrade, brackets and valances, has a terrazzo floor in which are inlaid a swastika, a German coat of arms, and the name Ildemere in front of the front door. The house has an excellent mature terraced garden and a two storey weatherboard boatshed (shown in a 1911 photo)(LEP, 2013).

Boat House (1888).
One of the few surviving waterfront boathouses of the nineteenth century which besides being relatively intact, is also still part of it's original property and generally retains it's context. Two storey weatherboard building with corrugated-iron gable roof. It sits on the waters edge above a sandstone seawall and has been modified for residential use by the insertion of windows to the end elevation, with upper floor balcony carried on diagonal struts. The ground floor waters edge door has been modified by the insertion of full length doors but the fixtures for a pontoon ramp remain on the base timber beam (LEP, 2013).
Date condition updated:07 Dec 15
Modifications and dates: Major alterations - sympathetic/ Weatherboard boatshed has been altered, including the addition of windows in the north side. There is also a smaller boatshed of fibro and corrugated iron, probably built to cover a pre-existing slipway. (LEP, 2013).
Further information: Boat House built as extension of and in relation to the house, and retains this relationship (LEP, 2013).
Current use: residence
Former use: residence


Historical notes: John Carr of Sydney, ship chandler, sold the property to Edwin Maximilian Dietrich, jeweller, in 1879. The house was built c1879 and Dietrich occupied it until 1897. It was owned by William Percy Maschwitz from 1897 to 1906, and by C W Gaden from 1906. Additions including the terrazzo verandah floor with it's swastika and coat of arms were probably made by Dietrich in the 1890s, as the coat of arms resembles a Dietrich coat of arms shown in Planches de l'armorial generale de J B Reitstap. There is some slight evidence that the c1879 work may have been by architect David McBeath. There is no evidence that the building was ever a German Consulate (Research by W Chapman, March 1985).

Don Bradman, renowned Australian cricketer lived at Ildemere from 1932 - 1934. The Bradmans rented the downstairs area of the house from the Allans who were the owners at that time (LEP, 2013).

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. Gentlemens Villas-
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-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages 19th century suburban developments-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages A Picturesque Residential District-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Associations with Don Bradman, cricketer-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Associations with Edwin Maximilian Dietrich, jeweller-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically rare locally.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associative regionally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria f)
Historically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative regionally - historically and aesthetically. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
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 workHeritage Act Record converted from HIS events

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
(2) Garden maintenance including cultivation, pruning and tree surgery, weed control (but not including extensive lopping), and the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls.
Sep 4 1987
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 0039002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0039013 Feb 87 33 
Local Environmental Plan I031502 Aug 13   
National Trust of Australia register NTA (NSW) Suburban Register8565   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930527; 0601Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTony Brassil Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Database number: 5045247
File number: S90/03607 & HC 33277

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