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Dappeto

Item details

Name of item: Dappeto
Other name/s: Macquarie Lodge, Dapetto
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.9396189817 Long: 151.1348558240
Primary address: 171 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe, NSW 2205
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT54 DP8954
LOT55 DP8954
LOT56 DP8954
LOT57 DP8954
LOT58 DP8954
LOT59 DP8954
LOT33 DP9096
LOT34 DP9096
LOT35 DP9096
LOT36 DP9096
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
171 Wollongong RoadArncliffeRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
The Salvation ArmyCommunity Group25 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

Dappeto is of State heritage significance as an excellent example of domestic style Victorian architecture. It is associated with Frederick Gibbins an oyster merchant and trawling magnate.
Date significance updated: 08 Jun 11
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Description

Builder/Maker: Frederick Gibbins
Construction years: 1885-1885
Physical description: Two storey house of domestic style Victorian architecture. Constructed of sand-stock face bricks which were mixed with whale oil to protect the building against dampness. Patterned slate roof surmounted by an ornate captain's wlak accessed by a cast iron spiral staircase. The two storey verandah has an iron balustrade and trim to the upper floor and frieze to the lower floor. Features several beatiful fireplacesand overmantles of various imported English timbers.

The name Dapetto appears above the fanlight. Coat of Alms with initals F.J.G above side bay windows.
Modifications and dates: 1971 - Senior Citizens Complex constructed. Wing at rear of Dapetto that housed the kitchen, laundry and servants' accommodation demolished and replaced with the present nursing home.
Further information: In 1963 Dapetto was runner up in its section in a competition organised by the Sydney Morning Herlad and the National Trust to commemorate Australia's 175th Anniversary.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Frederick John Gibbins (builder and owner of Dappeto 1885 to 1917) was born on 25 May 1841 at Dappeto - an aboriginal name for the area south of Wollongong, later variously known as Dapto or Mullet Creek.

Frederick Gibbins was the eldest child of John and Ann Gibbins (nee Meredith) who were married at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Liverpool NSW on 16 March 1840. John Gibbins arrived in Australia on the 'Claudine' in 1829 after having been sentenced to 14 years transportation for stealing a handkerchief. Frederick John's mother, Ann, was a granddaughter of First Fleeter Meredith, Steward to Captain John Marshall of the 'Scarborough'.

In 1865 Frederick John Gibbins met and married Catherine Pickett and they had a family of six sons and three daughters - Alfred, Emma (Pattison), Amy (Thom), Ernest, Frederick, Walter, Edwin, Ada (Stead) and Percy. Percy died at the old family home in Kent Street, Sydney, in early 1885 just prior to the move to Dappeto.

From 1885 to 1917 Dappeto was the home of the Gibbins family. The home stood on 11 acres of land, part portion 61, Parish of St. George on of four adjoining portions included in a Crown Grant made to Thomas Hill Bardwell on 5 September 1853. on 18 September 1879, Portion 61 was old to George Penkivil Salde who in turn sold the land to Frederick John Gibbins on 6 August 1881.

Frederick Gibbins was an oyster merchant and trawling magnate. About 1906 he entered into partnership with three other large oyster merchants, Comino Athanassio, Charles Edward Woodward and John Moriarty, and the firm, known as Woodward, Gibbons & Comino, dominated oyster marketing in New South Wales.

In 1885 the building of Dappeto was completed and became the family home of the Gibbins family until the death of Mr Gibbins in 1917 and the final sale and settlement of the estate.

In 1917 the Salvation Army purchased Dappeto and part of the original site - Lots 33 to 36 and 54-59 Section B, Portion 61 for the purpose of establishing a Childrens Home. It remained in operation as such until 1969 when the children in residence were transferred to the Stanmore Children's Home and plans for a Senior Citizens' Complex were prepared.

In 1971 the Senior Citizen's Complex was completed containing self contained untis, bed hostel and nursing home. The complex was renamed Macquarie Lodge.

Following its nomination by Rockdale Council an Interim Heritage Order was placed over Dapetto on 14 May 1986. A Permanent Conservation Order wasplaced over the property on 17 February 19189 and transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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. Gentlemens Mansions-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for commentCMP for Macquarie Lodge - May 2006  
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;
(2) All horticultural management, including the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls.
(3) Alterations to the interiors of all buildings in the complex built after 1960.
May 23 1986
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;
(2) All horticultural management including the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls;
(3) Change of use; and
(4) Alterations to the interior of the buildings in the complex built after 1960.
May 20 1988
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;
(2) All horticulture management including the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls;
(3) Change of use; and
(4) Alterations to the interior of all buildings in the complex built after 1960.
Feb 17 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 0063802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0063817 Feb 89 231081
Local Environmental Plan 0004402 Sep 88 1404651

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Rockdale Heritage Drive View detail
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Rockdale Heritage Drive View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045690
File number: S91/02140 & HC 860656


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