Camden | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Camden
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.8239095731 Long: 151.0152798830
Primary address: 60 Prospect Street, Rose Hill, NSW 2150
Parish: St John
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: City of Parramatta
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOTC DP337810
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
60 Prospect StreetRose HillCity of ParramattaSt JohnCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Larger house than those in locality possibly associated with a notable person. Professional, trade and manufacturing practice - example of an intact house. Camden is one of the best examples of a mid-Victorian villa house in the Parramatta district. Only six other buildings of similar period and architectural style exist in the Parramatta region (Harris Park Action Group,1983).
Date significance updated: 26 Sep 03
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Construction years: 1883-1883
Physical description: Two storey Victorian Italianate villa of stuccoed brickwork with gabled corrugated iron roof. Three sided bay front on gabled wing with stucco string courses and label moulds, and large elaborately fretted bargeboards. The verandah on the northern and western facades has cast iron columns and lace balustrades, bullnose corrugated iron roof, and timber floors. Flourishing gardens and trees surround the property (NSW Heriatge Office, Branch Managers Report; Harris Park Action Group1983).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house has been divided into two self-contained flats by sealing off the internal stair and rebuilding it within the external verandah. Original internal joinery and fireplaces are intact and only minor alterations have occurred. Some work is required to repair cracked plaster ceilings and brickwork, otherwise the structure is in good condition and has been well maintained ((NSW Heriatge Office, Branch Managers Report; Harris Park Action Group1983).
Date condition updated:12 Sep 03
Modifications and dates: Kitchen and bathroom added c.1970
Further information: Subd plans (ML) - Harris Park; Water Board plans; CPS
Current use: residences
Former use: Aboriginal land, colonial farm, residence


Historical notes: In February 1883, the land was auctioned as part of the first subdivision of Elizabeth Farm.

In 1888, there were only three houses recorded in Prospect Street, but by 1989 there were five, including number 60, built by Thomas S. Staff. In 1891, the house was transferred within the family to James S. Staff, who remained there until 1904.

The house appears to have been occupied by John G. Cousins, then Robert Howarth, who named it 'Chelsea' in 1907. In 1908 David Irons moved in, to be replaced by Pascoe E. Pearce in 1911.

In 1913 ownership of 'Chelsea' was again transferred back to the Staff family and Sydney N. Staff renamed the house 'I-dun-no' in 1916, remaining there until 1919.

William Turnock then occupied the house from 1921 until 1924, Spencer W. Bates from 1925 until 1929 and Percival Whiteside at least until 1932-33.

According to descendants of the original owners the residence became used as a private nursing home and at that time acquired the name of Camden.

The house was subdivided into two flats with the original internal staircase removed and located externally for access to the upper flat. It is understood that the Craft family resided there between 1940 and 1952 and that in or about 1953 the house was purchased for approximately 2,000 pounds.

Shown on the Sydney Water Board plan of December 1913 (Harris Park Action Group, 1983).

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. A Picturesque Residential Suburb-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages 19th century suburban developments-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Subdivision of urban estates-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
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:

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
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 0025002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0025019 Aug 83 1143842
Local Environmental Plan  21 Jul 89 0844636
Local Environmental Plan  27 Feb 97 20 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993449Meredith Walker  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCrestini, K1983Harris Park Action Group
WrittenNSW Heritage Office1982Branch Managers Report

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage NSW
Database number: 5051408
File number: S90/05436 & HC 32804

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