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32 Thompson Rd North Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1904, Constructed from 1907

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 3

Level 3

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of some cultural heritage significance for its contribution to the heritage of Fremantle in terms of its individual or collective aesthetic, historic, social or scientific significance, and /or its contribution to the streetscape, local area and Fremantle. Its contribution to the urban context should be maintained and enhanced.

Parent Place or Precinct

10945 Thompson Road Precinct

Statement of Significance

House, 32 Thompson Road, is a typical brick and iron single storey cottage dating from the 1900s. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical building stock located within the residential areas of North Fremantle. Historically significant as a representation of typical workers' houses in the North Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

House, 32 Thompson Road, is a single storey brick and iron cottage with asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. Walls are tuckpointed red face brick with cream coloured horizontal stucco banding at sill and lintel height, and mid window height. The roof is hipped corrugated iron with no eaves. There is a gable with sunray timber detailing above the front room and side louvred gablets. The verandah is under a separate bullnose corrugated iron roof, supported by timber posts with decorative timber brackets. Front elevation is asymmetrical with two timber sash windows with arched heads to the protruding front room and two to the recessed wall under the verandah. There is a timber front door. There are two brick chimneys with rendered corbelling and a timber picket fence running along the front boundary line.


Thompson Road was named for George Thompson (1838-1874), Fremantle's first town clerk (1871-73). The street is mainly residential, with some commercial development at the northern end between Alfred Road and McCabe Road. The majority of the houses were built c. 1900. Only a few lots on the street remained vacant in the 1920s.

House, 32 Thompson Road was constructed between 1904 and 1907, at which time it was recorded as being occupied by Theodore Jolley. By 1921/22, the five roomed brick house and bakery was owned and occupied by James H. Allen. Ownership passed to James Olaf Osterberg in 1930/31, and to Rose Mary Wray the following year. William Livett acquired the property in 1934/35 and was listed as the occupant until at least 1942. William J Houlahan purchased the property c. 1945 and remained the owner until at least 1977. The place has had a couple of owners since that time.

A 1939 diagram shows House, 32 Thompson Road as being brick, with a half length front verandah and a projecting bay. There was a path at the front and weatherboard additions to the rear. There were outbuildings in brick and weatherboard (possibly the bakery buildings at the rear).

This place was included in the 'North Fremantle Heritage Study' (1994) as a place contributing to the development and heritage of North Fremantle. It was also included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - BROWN -significant for making a positive contribution to the built environment of Fremantle.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability, restored).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall RENDER Roughcast
Wall BRICK Pointed Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

22 Mar 2019


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