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Item details

Name of item: Sewer Vent and Cottage
Other name/s: Corunna Road Sewer Vent and Cottages
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Sewerage
Category: Other - Utilities - Sewerage
Location: Lat: -33.8893762515 Long: 151.1644596450
Primary address: 125 Corunna Road, Stanmore, NSW 2048
Local govt. area: Marrickville
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
125 Corunna RoadStanmoreMarrickville  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Sydney WaterState Government 

Statement of significance:

The vent and cottage are an increasingly rare survivor of an excellent example of the brick and stone masons craft associated with Sydney Water in the early part of the 20th century. It is one of a handful of like structures in the Sydney Water System, and in comparison to other similar examples is of State significance. It is a visual landmark in the cultural landscape of the local area.
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Designer/Maker: Public Works Department
Builder/Maker: Public Works Department
Construction years: 1900-1900
Physical description: The structure comprises a brick and terracotta detailed vent shaft with rendered base and cap some 15 metres in height. With the adjoining Queen Anne revival workers cottage, the vent is integral to the design of the place as it forms part of the front fence in brick and stone detailing with wrought iron gates and fence pickets. Construction details are substantially intact.

The cottage comprises a single storey detached dwelling with all original details in generally including:

Turned timber verandah posts and verandah detail; Timber joinery; and Marseilles pattern terracotta tiles, all of which appears to be substantially intact.

Further original details of the cottage include a rendered and lined ashlar wall to the side lane and rendered label moulds above the window heads. Evidence of shutters via shutter flaps remain but shutters have been removed. The cottage backs on to a rear lane which is fenced by a timber paling fence in fair to poor condition.

Relatively new steel straps have been fitted to the shaft for stability which has some impact on the visual asethetics of the shaft, however the quality and detailing of the shaft remains as an excellent example of the brick masons craft complete with entasis. What sets this shaft apart from others is the neo classical terracotta console brackets at the capital of the shaft which is an excellent detail and example of its type.

The stone detail on the shaft is inscribed "Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage 1900" and is in itself in poor condition continuing to exfoliate.

The vent and cottage are located on the corner of a lane, and the vent is a prominent landmark within the local vicinity, particularly to the east along Corunna Road.
Date condition updated:05 Jan 01
Further information: A conservation plan to the approval of the NSW Heritage Office is to be undertaken for the property should it be proposed for sale.
Current use: Sewer vent and residential
Former use: Sewer vent and residential

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Health-Activities associated with preparing and providing medical assistance and/or promoting or maintaining the well being of humans (none)-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-
5. Working-Working Labour-Activities associated with work practises and organised and unorganised labour (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The vent and cottage are tangible evidence of the historical provision of sewerage services to the inner Western Suburbs of Sydney which form part of a much grander sewage system. The vent with the cottage as a couple are rare evidence of the historical values of quality design and facilities for Board workers and the Board itself.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A highly visible landmark with rare terracotta detailing. It is a prominent element and one which relates well to its historic streetscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
It is likely to be of value to the members of local community as a prominent landmark and for the function it serves in provision of sewerage services for the community.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
An excellent example of brick masons trade in the precision of such detail including entasis of the shaft. The vent shaft plays an important technical role in the provision of fresh air for the system and as such is a highly significant element to the sewer system.
SHR Criteria f)
As a combination of cottage and vent shaft this example is one of a couple in Sydney Water System and in the detail displayed probably unique in NSW. The vent shaft itself is one of a group of like shafts built by the Board at the time which collectively
SHR Criteria g)
The cottage in overall design is representative of Queen Anne detail buildings of a good quality throughout Sydney.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
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:

Manage the place and its significant components in accordance with the State Owned Heritage Asset Management Guidelines. Where no Conservation Management Plan, Heritage Assessment or Statement of Heritage Impact is in place, or where works are outside the scope existing heritage documentation, assess heritage impacts of proposed works in accordance with Sydney Water Environment Impact Assessment procedures. Undertake a Heritage Assessment and/or Statement of Heritage Impact as required by EIA procedures. Where the item is listed in a Local Environmental Plan Schedule of Heritage items, determine if works are exempt from approval under the LEP provisions. Where works are not exempt, obtain necessary approvals from the local council, in accordance with SWC EIA Guidelines. Undertake archival and photographic recording before major changes, in accordance with Heritage Council guidelines. Lodge copies of the archival record with the Sydney Water Archives and the NSW Heritage Office.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for endorsementSewer Vent & Cottage, 125 Corunna Road, Stanmore, CMP, prepared by Sydney Water for Sydney Water, dated February 2005 Conservation Management Plan endorsed by Heritage Council for a period of five years on 20 April 2005 Apr 20 2005
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 0163515 Nov 02 2209709
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Alexandra Canal Conservation Management Plan2004 NSW Department of Commenrce, Heritage Design Services  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAWT EnSight1996Historical Analysis and Heritage Review of Georges River, Cooks River and Port

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5053874
File number: H04/00014

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