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Mountain House

Item details

Name of item: Mountain House
Other name/s: Wingen Public School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -31.8903476242 Long: 150.8791282000
Primary address: Raglan Street, Wingen, NSW 2337
Parish: Wingen
County: Brisbane
Local govt. area: Upper Hunter
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Wanaruah
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT414DP759098
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Raglan StreetWingenUpper HunterWingenBrisbanePrimary Address
Vernon StreetWingenUpper HunterWingenBrisbaneAlternate Address
Petwynn StreetWingenUpper HunterWingenBrisbaneAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private 

Statement of significance:

Mountain House is a single storey Colonial style building, built in 1882 to the design of the Department of Education architect, William Kemp. (Heritage Office File)
Date significance updated: 03 Oct 00
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Description

Designer/Maker: William Kemp (Department of Education Architect)
Physical description: Mountain House stands beside the New England Highway in the village of Wingen between Scone and Murrurundi. It is a single storey painted brick structure with a corrugated iron roof and front verandah both of which are of hipped form.

Its past use is evidenced by the two entrance doors at the front elevation, being for the schoolroom and teachers residence respectively. Behind the main building is a brick kitchen block which was once linked to the main building by a breezeway. This has been sympathetically extended by the present owner to provide additional accommodation. Beyond the kitchen block is a recent hipped roofed garage and storage shed which compliments the adjacent structures (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 24/1/1984).
Current use: Residence
Former use: School room, teachers residence

History

Historical notes: The building was designed in 1882 by the Department of Education Architect, William Kemp and was built by Mr J Johnstone at the cost of 1185 pounds. It consisted of a schoolroom and teachers residence. This use is evidenced by the two entrance doors at the front for the schoolroom and the teachers residence respectively. Behind the main building is a brick kitchen block which was once linked to the main building by a breezeway.

In 1980 the owner of the property Mr B Laurie applied for financial assistance to help restore Mountain House. The application was unsuccessful as the significance of the house had not been established. In 1983 Mr Laurie again applied for funding and nominated Mountain View House for a Permanent Conservation Order. The owner was also concerned that future road widen proposals may affect the property.

To ensure conservation work done by the owners was not comrponised in the future and in recognition of its historic, architectural and social value a Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the property on 22 March 1985.

It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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)-
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. Public (primary) schooling-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural styles and periods - colonial homestead-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Associations with William E Kemp, Dept. of Education architect-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Mountain House is a single storey Colonial style building, built in 1882 to the design of the Department of Education architect, William Kemp. (Heritage Office File)
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 0031102 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0031122 Mar 85 581309
Heritage study  06 Jul 10   
National Trust of Australia register  5773   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1984Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 24/1/1984

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045374
File number: S90/05971 & HC 32324


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