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Murphys House

Item details

Name of item: Murphys House
Other name/s: St Patricks Cathedral Presbytery, Murphy House
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Churchyard
Location: Lat: -33.8091289027 Long: 151.0033296520
Primary address: 1 Marist Place, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Parish: Field of Mars
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT1 DP1034092
LOT11DP758788
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Marist PlaceParramattaParramattaField of MarsCumberlandPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Trustees of the Roman Catholic ChurchReligious Organisation29 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

The site possesses the potential to contribute to an understanding of early urban development in Parramatta. The St Patrick's Cathedral Site is a rare and specific-purpose site dating from the early Colonial period. It has been continuously occupied since the 1820s for the primary purpose of worship. It is within and strongly associated with a precinct where, together with Sydney, the Roman Catholic Mission in Australia began early last century.

It has strongly, well documented associations with many notable individuals - clergy and laity, architects and artisans, politicians, lawyers and administrators - some of whom were responsible for the Catholic leadership in Australia and, as with Drs Polding and Ullathorne, had also exercised an influential role in the development of Catholicism in Britain.

It has been the focus of an unbroken tradition of Catholic worship in the region for over 160 years and presently continues as such.

Both the overall place and particular buildings have a high degree of social value attached to them on account of their importance to the community for giving a sense of identity; for their personal associations and continuity of use for public worship; and, for the Cathedral, as a major community landmark.

It is closely associated with the establishment and development of Catholic education in Australia.

The wealth of detailed archival material pertaining to the place along with its archaeological resources provides a rich source from which to interpret aspects of the colonial development of Parramatta and records the presence of earlier buildings - such as the Ullathorne church (the first St Patrick's in Australia) and the Pugin church - of seminal importance in the evolution of the Gothic Revival style in Australia

It plays a major townscape role as part of an important group of earlier buildings within the City of Parramatta and which have as their immediate setting Prince Alfred Park. It has strong associations with other important colonial sites such as the nearby old goal site, the St Patrick's Cemetery in Church Street and the former Female Orphanage (now the Norma Parker Centre). There is considerable potential, using actual fabric where appropriate, to interpret these important connections.

It has the capacity to demonstrate, through its site fabric and layout, its particularly rich history including the beginnings, consolidation and growth of the catholic faith in Parramatta since the 1820s; changing liturgical approaches; and changing social and professional taste.

It contains items which are both rare in NSW, and likely Australia, and mostly intact, including the A W N Pugin-designed Early English tower (probably unique in Australia) along with other Pugin details recycled from the 1850s church; and Thomas Sealy's carved stonework - the marble Gothic Revival intramural memorial to Dean Coffey and the sandstone coat of arms of Archbishop Polding (Britton and Lavelle, 1998).
Date significance updated: 12 Nov 08
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Description

Designer/Maker: James Whitmore Hill
Builder/Maker: A.E. Gould
Construction years: 1904-

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Ethnic influences-Activities associated with common cultural traditions and peoples of shared descent, and with exchanges between such traditions and peoples. Irish religious practices - Catholicism-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Landscapes of contemplation and devotion-
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 Alienating Crown Lands for religious purposes-
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 Creating landmark structures and places in urban settings-
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 Beautifying towns and villages-
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. Private (religious) schooling-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - providing community facilities-
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. Designing making and using ecclesiastical furniture-
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. Designing structures to emphasise their important roles-
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. Creating works of art-
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. Adaptation of overseas design for local use-
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 - Victorian Gothic Revival-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Practising Catholicism-
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. Erecting and visiting monuments and memorials-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act demolition of rear ancillary wings
Refer to standard exemptions gazetted 23 October 1998.

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
In respect of the engaging in or carrying out by the owner, mortgagee or lesee of th land described hereafter of any activities related to the demolition of the rear ancillary wings not affecting the main building known as Murphy House, Marist Place, Parramatta, being the land shown edged heavy black on the plan catalogued H.C. 396 in the Office of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, being the building referred to in Interim Conservation Order No. 174 and not otherwise. (H.C. 30133 Pt 3)
Feb 27 1981
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for commentMurphy House, St Patrick's Cathedral precinct, Parramatta CMP, by Peter Freeman Pty Ltd for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, dated March 2003 CMP accepted as a mutually agreed management document for a period of five years from 27 February 2006 Feb 27 2006
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 0023802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0023816 Nov 84 1615623
Regional Environmental PlanSt. Patrick's Cathedral, Presbytery & precinct & p 20 Aug 99   
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBritton, G. & Lavelle, S.1998Conservation Plan for St. Patrick's Cathedral and Site Precinct, Parramatta
Management PlanPeter Freeman Pty Ltd2003Murphy House St Patricks Cathedral Precinct, Parramatta : conservation management plan / Prepared for the

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045425
File number: S91/00681/4


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