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Item details

Name of item: Neoblie
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.7792664797 Long: 150.8163465740
Primary address: Great Western Highway, Mount Druitt, NSW 2770
Parish: Rooty Hill
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Blacktown
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP34648
LOT2 DP34648
LOT3 DP34648
LOT4 DP34648
LOT5 DP34648
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Great Western HighwayMount DruittBlacktownRooty HillCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Blacktown City CouncilLocal Government25 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Neoblie is an excellent example of its style, surviving largely intact. It was located close to a major road which would have given it landmark qualities for travellers in the late nineteenth century as it does now. It has associations with local families, as well as Gustavius Lix who was a well travelled man and likely entertained many individuals he met on his travels. Neoblie is located in an area that saw the development of Mt Druitt as an important place due to its proximity to the road, schools, general facilities and the first live hare coursing track in Australia
Date significance updated: 10 Jun 14
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Designer/Maker: unknown
Builder/Maker: Charles or James Paull
Physical description: A single storey symmetrical sandstock brick cottage with steep pyramidal hipped roof and verandah on all sides, located on a hill and is highly visible from the Great Western Highway.

The original part of the house has four rooms with central hallway and fireplaces in each room leading to one of two chimneys.
The front entry door is flanked by a pair of french doors opening onto the verandah. The exterior walls are penetrated at regular intervals by high French doors front entry door is flanked by a pair of french doors opening onto the verandah.

The northern verandah has been filled in to create laundry, bathroom and kitchen.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Poor - fair and continuing to deteriorate
Modifications and dates: The northern verandah has been filled in to create laundry, bathroom and kitchen at an unknown date.
1990s: minor improvement works including verandah improvements, attempts to stabilise eastern exterior wall, installation of a perimeter membrane to stabilise effects of ground movement.
Current use: Vacant
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: It is unclear whether nebilie was built by Charles paull or his son, James. Charles Paull owned and operated the Golden Sheaf Inn at Colyton and the southern part of the Druitt Estate (part of Major George Druitt’s grant), including the land which Neoblie is located on. While some believe the residence was built by Charles, others say that it was built c1884 by his son, James.

Neoblie was bought by the Lix family c1900. It appears that there had been at least one other family in ownership of the property between these two owners. The Lix’s were big entertainer’s and the house was constantly filled with visitor’s, suggesting that it was likely to be a well visited location by individuals known to Gustavius, including those met on his worldwide travels.

Gustavius Lix was a well travelled gentleman, partly due to his position as secretary of various international expositions held in Paris and London. He had originally come to Australia from France to assist with the exposition in Sydney in 1879-80s. Descendents of the Lix family, including the Ryan’s, inhabited the cottage until the early 1970s when it was sold to the State Planning Authority. It was given to Blacktown City Council by the state government in the 1990s. (Blacktown Advocate: 1972)

Neoblie was a functioning popular residence at an important time in Mt Druitt, where not only were community activities important….such as church and school activities, but also close to the first live hare coursing track in Australia which brought people from many areas to the locality.

Today numerous residents keep a watchful eye over the property due to its interest for them.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Has significance as a property that had long term family connections before being purchased for preservation by the state government
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Has associations with a long time family of the area (the Lix’s/Ryan’s) and Gustavius Lix, a man of international significance due to his associations with the World Expositions, in particular as secretary.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Is located in a prominent location on the Great Western Highway with landmark qualities for motorists travelling this road as it would have been in the mid-late nineteenth century
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Is a landmark to the local people of Mt Druitt and Blacktown who keep a watchful eye over the property.
SHR Criteria g)
Neoblie is an excellent example of its style.
Integrity/Intactness: Neoblie has a high degree of intactness, with no major changes having been made to the overall structure.
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 Maintenance Building and garden

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, tree surgery (but not extensive lopping), weed control and the repair and maintenance of existing fences , gates and garden walls.
Nov 7 1986
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions ORDER UNDER SECTION 57(2) OF THE HERITAGE ACT 1977

Standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977.

I, Donald Harwin, the Special Minister of State 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, effective 1 December 2020:

1. revoke the order made on 11 July 2008 and published on pages 91177 to 9182 of Government Gazette Number 110 of 5 September 2008 and varied by notice published in the Government Gazette on 5 March 2015; and

2. grant the exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 that are described in the attached Schedule.

Donald Harwin
Special Minister of State
Signed this 9th Day of November 2020.

To view the standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 click on the link below.
Nov 13 2020

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0024502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0024526 Nov 82 1635401
Local Environmental PlanAmendment 143 12 Apr 02 72 
National Trust of Australia register Neoblie9088   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBlacktown City Council. Date:1996Stabilisation of Neoblie : final report

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage NSW
Database number: 5045552
File number: S90/05369, HC 32868

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