Toongla | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Toongla
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Villa
Location: Lat: -34.5800882830 Long: 150.7417405080
Primary address: Tullimbar Road, Albion Park, NSW 2527
Parish: Jamberoo
County: Camden
Local govt. area: Shellharbour
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Illawarra
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT82 DP634605
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Tullimbar RoadAlbion ParkShellharbourJamberooCamdenPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
La Vie Pty. Ltd.Private 

Statement of significance:

Toongla is an example of a largely intact Victorian Villa. It is associated with William Moles, a founding member of Shellharbour Council, Acting Town Clerk, Senior Magistrate and one of the pioneers of Shorthorn cattle breeding in the Illawarra (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council, 27 May 1987).

An exceptional late 19th century, homestead. One of the last remaining examples of this particular architectural style in the area. Strong links with historical and industrial development of the area and an exceptionally high degree of aesthetic beauty. (state heritage significance).

A good example of a traditional Georgian type, set on a high hill and prominent on views from the main road. Distinguished by its elegant, dominant, iron roof and verandah. Important historical associations with the local dairy industry and the development of the Illawarra Shorthorn breed of cattle (LEP).
Date significance updated: 03 Oct 00
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Construction years: 1873-1873
Physical description: Toongla is sited on a north facing ridge off a quiet country lane along the fertile valley leading to the Macquarie Pass National Park (LEP). The residence enjoys commanding rural, lake and escarpment views. The property is approximately 3.5 acres (1.346ha) mostly grassed paddock with a large garden around the house ( with well established trees beside (LEP).
Present land area is 45 acres - 18 hectares. Curtilage includes area within a 100m radius of the house (NTA (NSW), 1982)

Toongla is a largely intact Victoria Villa constructed of colonial bonded brickwork, now painted, its main roof has a hipped iron form with three large stuccoed chimneys. Possibly a smaller building originally, later extended to the east, as evidenced by the chimneys.

The northern verandah has a bellcast roof bevelled posts and iron lace brackets. The facade is asymmetrical, featuring two 12-paned windows, three French windows opening onto the front verandah and a main four panelled door with sidelight.

Stone steps, with masonry piers either side, lead up to a wide entrance door. Glass transom lights, timber & glass side panels.Other windows are double-hung, with 6 panes in the top frame.

The interiors have cedar joinery, some iron ceilings, two interesting fireplaces of marbled wood with tiles and grates. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 27 May 1987) It has an established garden and orchard.

There is a small slab outbuilding at the rear with an iron roof, a former laundry,remains of sites of other outbuildings (LEP).

A portion of the original slab kitchen may still stand at the rear (LEP).

The house is tenanted.

Architectural Style: Late Victorian Villa.
Building Material: Colonial bonded brickwork, hipped iron roof, stuccoed chimneys, cedar joinery, iron ceilings (NTA, 1982).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Archaeological potential is high (remains of slab building at rear and outbuildings)
Date condition updated:03 Oct 00
Modifications and dates: 1997 - addition of shower and toilet to existing laundry.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Dairy farm, Residence


Historical notes: It is believed that Toongla was built by Maurice Scanlan some time after his purchase of the property in December 1873. It was a dairy farm at the time and he later mortgaged it to the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (1892)

In 1898, William Moles bought Toongla and farm in 1898. William Moles was a founding member of Shellharbour Municipal Council in 1859 serving as an Alderman and its second Mayor. Moles was also acting Town Clerk for a time, served as the areas Senior Magistrate and one of the pioneer breeders of Australian Illawarra Short-horn cattle.

The title passed to his daughters Barbara and Marion Douglas Moles after their fathers death in 1911. They sold it to Mr. Leonard Anderson in February 1930.

In 1987 the then owners Mr and Mrs Walsh requested that Permanent Conservation Order be placed over the property because of their concern for its long term protection.

A Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the property on 20 November 1987.

It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

The property is a portion of an estate, originally granted to John Paul and named "Tullimbar", after a local tribal leader. The original estate seems to have been divided mid-century into lesser portions, which were occupied by new settlers. Further research is necessary to identify the builder of "Toongla" and ascertain the year in which it was built.

Maurice Scanlon and his family are the first settlers known to have resided on the property, arriving there in 1873. The Scanlon family initially referred to their residence as "Green Mount Villa". In 1886 the family changed the homestead's name to "Toongla". It is not known whether the present residence is the original homestead, or a second building erected by the Scanlon family in 1886.

In 1898 the homestead was occupied by William Moles, a longstanding settler on the "Tullimbar" Estate. Moles had acquired a neighbouring portion of the estate in 1859, and had erected "Hillcrest", a slab cottage, behind the site of the Tullimbar School (see separate entry). The Moles family were important pioneers in the local dairy industry. The property had close associations with the development of the Illawarra Shorthorn breed of cattle.(irhs)

The house is believed to have been built by Maurice Scanlan some time after his purchase of the original property in December, 1873 It was a dairy farm at the time and he later mortgaged it to the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (1892). In 1898, William Moles, the second Mayor of Shellharbour Municipality, moved to this residence from his Tongarra property. Title passed to his daughters Barbara and Marion Douglas Moles after their fathers death in 1911. They sold it to Mr Leonard Anderson in February 1930. (shs) Owners in the late 1980s early 1990s were Mr M and Mrs J Simon. (LEP).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
1. Environment-Tracing the evolution of a continent's special environments Environment - naturally evolved-Activities associated with the physical surroundings that support human life and influence or shape human cultures. Changing the environment-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Pastoralism-Activities associated with the breeding, raising, processing and distribution of livestock for human use (none)-
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)-
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. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Toongla is an example of a largely intact Victorian Villa. It is associated with William Moles, a founding member of Shellharbour Council, Acting Town Clerk, Senior Magistrate and one of the pioneers of Shorthorn breeding in the Illawarra. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 27 May 1987)
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.

Recommended management:


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementProduce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) 
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines 
Recommended ManagementCarry out interpretation, promotion and/or education 

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Record converted from HIS events

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; and
(2) Routine garden maintenance including cultivation, pruning, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates, garden walls; new minor planting; tree surgery but not extensive lopping;
Nov 20 1987
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 0055602 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0055620 Nov 87 1796541
Regional Environmental PlanIllawarra REP item 11 Apr 86   
Local Environmental Plan  02 Jun 00   
Heritage study     
National Trust of Australia register  71601 Mar 82   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1987Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 27 May 1987

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045681
File number: S91/01036 & HC 870387

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