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Item details

Name of item: Carisbrook
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.8231650339 Long: 151.1501844890
Primary address: 334 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, NSW 2066
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Lane Cove
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT5 DP11636
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
334 Burns Bay RoadLane CoveLane CoveWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Lane Cove CouncilLocal Government19 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Carisbrook, constructed in 1884 is a visually attractive and intact example of Victorian architecture, preserving many original features and furnished for public visitation as a period house museum. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens stretching down to Burns Bay. (Heritage Branch files)
Date significance updated: 03 Jul 12
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Designer/Maker: not known
Builder/Maker: not known
Construction years: 1884-1884
Physical description: A single-storey, sandstone house, built in 1884. Set in fine gardens with landscaped terraces down to the River. Has bay window and corner verandah, bearing bellcast iron roof, supported on cast iron columns with lace brackets. Main hipped roof is of slate. Windows and French doors have shutters which are not original. There is an attractive rear courtyard, walled with sandstone in the 1960s, and with its original well. The verandahs feature tessellated tiles - probably Minton pattern (bought from the Sydney Arcade which was being demolished in the 1960s).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:13 Apr 00
Modifications and dates: 1940s - Door cut between present kitchen and musuem room (then breakfast room).
1960s - Garage, laundry and couryard wall built from sandstone transferred from the demolition of Amalfi, a Longueville mansion. Amalfi's fine picket iron fence and stone gate posts added. Verandahs tiled. Shutters added. Considerable landscaping.
1969/70 - Further restoration and sympathetic renovation of the interior.
Current use: House and Local History Museum
Former use: Private Residence


Historical notes: 1835 - A land grant by purchase of 20 acres to John Clarke, including present Carisbrook site.
1836 - Purchased by Richard Linley who installed a rope-making plant (Lenehan, 1887, pg39, LTO Papers)
1860 - Several owners until Rachel Martha and Thomas Brooks moved into a weatherboard cottage on the site after their marriage in 1860 (Lenehan, Op cit, LTO Papers)
1884 - After the death of Thomas and Rachel in 1883, the son of the former Charles Phillips Brooks, built the stone residence called Carisbrook. Retaining a curtilage of land around the house and stretching down to Burns Bay, he subdivided the remainder of the land in 1885 as the Carisbrook Estate. After residing in it for only a year, the house was let to a number of tenants by Brooks, and by its successor owner, W Bradley. (LCMC Rate Books)
1920 - When acquired by Estate Agent, James Warr, in 1920, the land around the house was divided into six blocks. The house was let throughout Warr's ownership and until sold to Harry Thorne, a law clerk, and his wife Lucie, in 1940. It became their family residence for seventeen years. (Elliott)
1957 - It was sold to a milliner, James Kitchener McDougall, who lived in it with his companion. Appreciating its heritage potential, he upgraded and gentrified the house, and particularly the gardens.
1966 - Prior to its purchase by Lane Cove Council in 1969 it was owned by the neighbouring manufacturing firm, Tuta Products, and served as its office and staff residence.
1969 - Carisbrook was purchased and restored by Lane Cove Council in 1969 to mark its 75th Anniversary. Furnished by Lave Cove Historical Society, it has operated as a house and local history museum until the present.

In 1980 Lane Cove Council sought a Permanent Conservation Order for Carisbrook. In view of its heritage significance a Permanent Conservation Order was gazetted oover Carisbrook on 26 June 1981.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
It is the earliest remaining house in the Linley Point area, being built in 1884.

It is representative of the impact of transport on subdivision and development, being built, and the land south of it being subdivided, just as the Fig Tree Bridge is being constructed nearby.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It is set in a beautifully landscaped garden stretching down to Burns Bay. Constructed of sandstone, it is visually and architecturally very worthwhile, and preserves the majority of its original features.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
As a house museum it reflects changes in social life and household technology since 1884.

Hosting many community functions, and visits from individuals and groups of all ages, and serving as Lane Cove's only historical museum, open regularly to the public, it is an important focus of community life.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Because it is a fine example of Victorian architecture (the only Victorian house museum open to the public in Sydney), preserving many of its original features, it holds a unique position as a case study for visits by researchers and students of Victorian architecture and interiors. It is an ideal setting for on-site courses.
SHR Criteria f)
It is the oldest surviving home on Linley Point, and we have been informed is the only Victorian house museum in Sydney, open to the public.
SHR Criteria g)
It is representative of a middle-class Victorian family home, and through its period interpretation, depicts aspects of Victorian family life.
Integrity/Intactness: Its physical fabric is intact and largely original. Planned authentic restoration of its interior finishes and furnishings, based on a study, will enhance its integrity.
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
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 0011202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0011226 Jun 81 913456
Local Environmental Plan  04 Aug 95   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenLane Cove (and formerly Willoughby) Councils1995Rate and Valuation Books 1872-1995
TourismLane Cove Council2007Carisbrook View detail
TourismLinley Point Community Network Carisbrook View detail
Oral HistoryLouise Elliot1998Oral History Interview by J Washington
WrittenMarjorie Lenehan1987Footprints on the Sands of Time
Oral HistoryMcGill1998Oral History Interview by Susan McClean
WrittenRobert Moore/Penny Pike Lane Cove Heritage Study
WrittenSusan McClean1998Carisbrook Education Kit - Background Notes
WrittenSusan McClean1997Lane Cove Historical Society Newsletter No 133

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045385
File number: S90/05705 & HC 32579

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