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Shop and office

Item details

Name of item: Shop and office
Other name/s: Townhouse, de Brole Plater Confectionary Shop
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Retail and Wholesale
Category: Shop
Location: Lat: -33.8139901137 Long: 151.0061192520
Primary address: 88-92 George Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Parish: Field of Mars
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT10 DP860245
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
88-92 George StreetParramattaParramattaField of MarsCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An example of stone buildings that characterised the townscape of nineteenth century Parramatta, and are now rare. Site possesses potential to contribute to an understanding early urban development in Parramatta.
Date significance updated: 26 Jun 06
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Construction years: 1835-1840
Physical description: This shop building was built as a house in the late 1830s. It is a simple two-storey Georgian style building constructed in stone with a slate roof and was originally one of a pair of townhouses. Simple twelve light windows remain on the upper level. Ground floor windows have been substantially altered and a door has been added.

The rear service yard (car park now) contains a rare young (perhaps 20 years old) tree, a dragon or dragon's blood tree (Dracaena draco) from the Canary Islands. This while seen in colonial gardens and botanic gardens, is rarely seen in private gardens (Stuart Read, pers.comm., 8/3/2013).
Modifications and dates: 14/10/1982 Heritage Council approved an application to renovate/restore building.
Further information: The building has been expertly restored with fine joinery to the shopfronts and period interiors and signage. Sympathetically designed extensions have been added at the side and rear of the early building. CPS; AZP
Current use: Shop and office
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Occupied during 1840s and 1850s by Count Lucien de Broel Plater; later a confectionery shop conducted by the Count's family.

Following notification under section 132 of the Heritage Act to partially demolish the building an Interim Heritage Order was placed over the site on 18 December 1981.

A Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the site on 2 December 1983. It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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 Selling Furniture-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Developing local, regional and national economies-National Theme 3
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)-
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 Commercial store, shop-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is rare.
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 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 0027802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0027802 Dec 83 1675449
Local Environmental Plan  27 Feb 97 20 
Local Environmental Plan  21 Jul 89 0844633

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5051409
File number: S90/05454 & HC 32760

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