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Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Item details

Name of item: Hero of Waterloo Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Location: Lat: -33.8577617738 Long: 151.2058271480
Primary address: 81, 83 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Parish: St Philip
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT32 DP788672
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
81, 83 Lower Fort StreetMillers PointSydneySt PhilipCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
OzColour Pty ltdPrivate03 May 99


Construction years: 1843-1844
Physical description: The Hero of Waterloo Hotel is a three storey, solid sandstone building with cellars and a hipped iron roof behind simple parapets. External alterations are limited.(Sheedy 1978)
Modifications and dates: Post 1988 - some maintenance, repairs and minor renovations.
Current use: Pub, Bar, Restaurant
Former use: Hotel


Historical notes: The Hero of Waterloo stands on land sold by a man named Clarke to George Payten, a builder, in 1840. Payten built the Garrison Church in 1842 and the hotel in 1843-44. He took out a licence in the name of 'Hero of Waterloo' in 1845.

The present main bar was two rooms until the removal of the dividing partition in 1928 to create one large room.

The stone for both the church and the hotel probably came from quarries in Kent Street, the earliest in Sydney. (Sheedy 1978)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Hero of waterloo is one of the earliest remaining hotels in Sydney, being of simple yet strong vernacular design and an excellent example of an 1840s city pub. (Sheedy 1978) It has been in continuous trade since 1845 and is one of the oldest surviving trading hotels in Australia. (Central File 1988)
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The hotel retains substantial evidence of its original form and is an integral component of the Millers Point precinct, an area demonstrating the changes of over a century of Sydney life and which has remained virtually unchanged since the 1920s. (Central File 1988)
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 See File For Schedule

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.
Mar 17 1989
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 0063302 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0063317 Mar 89 321450
Local Environmental PlanCSH LEP 4 07 Apr 00   
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   
Register of the National Estate  21 Oct 80   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Hero of Waterloo Hotel View detail
WrittenD.Sheedy1978Hero of Waterloo. National Trust Listing Card
WrittenHeritage Office1988Hero of Waterloo Central File
TourismTourismNSW2007Hero of Waterloo Hotel View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045581
File number: HC 863024

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