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Roseneath

Item details

Name of item: Roseneath
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -30.5437324517 Long: 151.6696712040
Primary address: 36 Roseneath Lane, Armidale, NSW 2350
Parish: Armidale
County: Sandon
Local govt. area: Armidale Dumaresq
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Armidale
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP526699
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
36 Roseneath LaneArmidaleArmidale DumaresqArmidaleSandonPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private29 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Roseneath is a Colonial Georgian style residence built by Thomas Lamb, the first Town Clerk of Armidale, in 1854. Roseneath is reputed to be the oldest substantial home in the immediate environs of Armidale and is unique to the area. It is a fine example of its type and period and includes a formal garden and outbuildings. (Directors Report to the Heritage Council April 1978)
Date significance updated: 11 Aug 06
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Description

Builder/Maker: Thomas Lamb
Physical description: Roseneath is a Colonial Georgian style residence of rendered brick construction on basalt foundation. Roseneath has a central main entrance of heavy double doors framed by multi-coloured venetian glass, balanced by symmetrically placed eight pane French doors. The first floor verandah has light cross-braced timber balustrade. The interior features a cedar stair, hallway with excellent joinery.

The house is set in a formal garden, contemporary with the house and featuring two Bunya Bunya pines (Araucaria bidwillii) and Sierra redwood /big tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum, syn. Wellingtonia)s, elms (Ulmus sp.) and wisteria, with tiled walks.

Associated outbuildings include a smokehouse, outhouse and the stables. The stables are of random masonry construction with a wooden style roof overlaid with galvanised iron.
Date condition updated:03 Dec 13
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Thomas Lamb, the first Town Clerk of Armidale was granted 24 acres of land in May 1854. On this land in the same year he built a two storey home for himself and called it Roseneath.

Thomas Lamb later sold Roseneath to John McNeill Simpson, surveyor of Barraba. In 1866 Simpson bought other land grants and extended the Roseneath property to 144 acres. (Northern Magazine 51/5/1981)

In 1877 Roseneath was bought by Agnes Scott of Surveyor's Creek, near Walcha. Following the marriage of her grand-daughter Marion Glas Connal to John Adam McDonald, Solicitor and Notary Public of Armidale, Roseneath became the McDonald family home 1879 to 1966. Adeline and Edwin were the two eldest children.

In 1966 the owners Adeline Marion and Edwin John Scott McDonald subdivided the original 24 acres to form a 4 acre block containing the house, outbuildings and garden and a 20 acre block to be retained by the vendor. In 1967 Mr and Mrs Henderson purchased the 4 acre block and subsequently began restoring Roseneath. (Directors Report to the Heritage Council April 1978)

In 1978 a proposal to construct a new premises beside the historic two-storey building, for the purpose of selling antique furniture from a gallery was referred to the Heritage and Conservation Branch for comment. Two different sets of proposals were considered, both of which were found to significantly impact upon the significance of Roseneath. To ensure the new buildings would be erected in a sympathetic manner with respect to the house, garden and outbuildings an Interim Conservation Order was recommended.

On 27 October 1978 an Interim Conservation Order was placed over the property.

In November 1978, the Heritage Council approved the construction of a gallery for antiques and furniture restoration workshop at the rear of Roseneath.

A Permanent Conservation Order was placed over Roseneath on 20 March 1981.

On 2nd April 1999 Roseneath was transferred to the State Heritage Register.

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]
Roseneath is a Colonial Georgian style residence built by Thomas Lamb, the first Town Clerk of Armidale, in 1854. Roseneath is reputed to be the oldest substantial home in the immediate environs of Armidale and is unique to the area. (Directors Report to the Heritage Council April 1978)
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Roseneath is a fine example of its type and period and includes a formal garden and outbuildings. (Directors Report to the Heritage Council April 1978)
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 0006302 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0006320 Mar 81 441714
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1981Northern Magazine 51/5/1981
Written 1978Directors Report to the Heritage Council April 1978

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045528
File number: S90/06242 & HC 32021


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