Milthorpe | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Milthorpe

Item details

Name of item: Milthorpe
Other name/s: Atherslei
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Villa
Location: Lat: -33.8367029382 Long: 151.1601486520
Primary address: 12 Crescent Street, Hunters Hill, NSW 2110
Parish: Hunters Hill
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Hunters Hill
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP600500
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12 Crescent StreetHunters HillHunters HillHunters HillCumberlandPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private25 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Milthorpe is a good example of the substantial villas built on large sites which were a feature of the historical development of Hunters Hill in the nineteenth century. In particular, it is one of the few large estates of this period in Hunters Hill which has retained its historic setting on the foreshores of the Lane Cove River. The house is of architectural interest because of the quality of its features and its adaption from a mid-Victorian to a Federation style. (Central File 1995)
Date significance updated: 01 Oct 97
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Description

Builder/Maker: Richard Sim
Construction years: 1872-1872
Physical description: Milthorpe is sited on a terrace well back from the river in the traditional nineteenth century Hunters Hill manner. (Pike 1992: 2-3) It is a substantial stone residence set within extensive landscaped grounds on the Lane Cove River. (Jonathon Falk 1986: 2 ) It has a slate roof and faces north-east, overlooking the sloping lawn and gardens to the flat reclaimed area and the Lane Cove River beyond. Milthorpe has appurtenant garage and workshop areas to its rear boundary.

The flat, reclaimed portion of the land is further developed with a large L-shaped boat shed and cabana adjacent to the waters edge, an inground swimming pool and a synthetic surface tennis court. A gazebo is located within the landscaped area to the north of the main dwelling. (O'Dowd 1988: 1) The river edge is marked by a stone retaining wall.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical Condition is very good.
Date condition updated:03 Jan 13
Modifications and dates: 1900 - Remodelling - gives Milthorpe a Federation style appearance.
1976 - Subdivision of land. (Jonathon Falk 1986: 2&7)
c.1972 - Sandstone extensions
1985 - Internal maintenance and remedial work.(O'Dowd 1988:3)
Post 1985 - Various renovations, alterations and additions - gates, cabana replaced with sandstone caretakers cottage.
Fenestraton and joinery replaced over time due to white ants and general deterioration. (O'Dowd 1988:7)
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: The site of Milthorpe was originally granted to a Mr Morgan and bought by Foss as part of his estate in 1862. Lots 6-10 were purchased in one parcel running in a rectangular block from the Lane Cove River to Passy Avenue from Alexandra Street and a line drawn from Abrose Street to Rooke Street. (Pike 1992: 2) Milthorpe was originally set in a larger estate but has been reduced by previous excisions of the property, the most major recent subdivision taking place in 1976 when a number of new lots were created in Rooke Street. At this time Milthorpe had an area of 12 240 square metres. (Branch Manager 1986: 5)

Milthorpe is thought to have been built in 1872 by Richard Sim as a fourteen room stone house. The building was given a Federation style appearance after remodelling around 1900. (Jonathon Falk 1986: 2)

The river edge is marked by a stone retaining wall. The land behind this wall was reclaimed early in the twentieth century. Stone baths with access to the river were sited until 1924 where the central BBQ shelter now stands. A sandstone wall with columns ran from the baths across the reclaimed land. Part of this stone wall remains at the waters edge. Behind the reclaimed land the site climbed through a series of informal retaining walls to two terraces of sloping lawn. (Pike 1992: 2-3)

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]
Milthorpe is one of the few remaining privately owned nineteenth century villa estates left in Sydney Harbour which has retained much of its original land and its physical links with the water. Its siting and setting demonstrates the distinctive characteristics of the nineteenth century Hunters Hill marine villa development. (Pike 1992: 5)
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Milthorpe is of aesthetic significance for the way it is sited to address the water, with a backdrop of large, dense trees and for the way it can be viewed from a public wharf, public ferry route and from the Lane Cove River. (Pike 1992: 5) Its wide, reclaimed foreshore area properly belongs to and enhances the house and characterises the late 19th and early 20th century scale and use of foreshore villa gardens, compensating for subdivision developments which crowd its other boundaries. (Hunters Hill Trust 1986)
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 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, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls, tree surgery, but not extensive lopping;
(3) The alteration to the interior of any building on the site.
Jun 10 1986
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Garden and Building Maintenance

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, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates, garden walls and tree surgery but not extensive lopping;
(3) the alteration of any part of the interior of the building.
Jun 17 1988
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act 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 materials;
(2) Garden maintenance including cultivation, pruning, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls, and tree surgery, but not extensive lopping;
(3) The alteration of any part of the interior of the buildings;
(4) the demolition of the following structures: the cabana / boatshed and swimming pool; the southern garage; the western garage; the workshop / garage; the weatherboard shed; and the structure adjoining the tennis court.
Jun 16 1989
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 0068802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0068816 Jun 89 75 
Local Environmental Plan 0001413 Sep 91 1277986

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenSherry, Beverley2011'John Hunter', entry (Valentia Street Wharf footpath plaque)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045474
File number: S90/01928 & KHC 860165


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