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185 South Tce South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1903

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.

Statement of Significance

Duplex, 185-187 South Terrace, is a typical brick and iron single storey duplex pair dating from c1903. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical workers' houses in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture.

Physical Description

185-187 South Terrace is a single storey, brick and iron duplex pair with a symmetrical façade built in 1903 and designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are red face brick and rendered masonry. The rooves are pitched and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and is supported by turned timber posts. The front doors with side and fanlights are adjacent to each other and no.197 has two double hung sash windows. There are at least three rendered corbelled chimneys evident. There is a timber picket fence to the front boundary line, with foliage in front of no.185 making further description difficult.


This property was granted to John Bruce, Lieutenant Colonel of the Pensioner Guards, in 1851. Henry Briggs then owned the land from 1891 and subdivided it c. 1902. David Hughes bought this particular lot in 1902 and in 1903/04, erected two attached cottages, 185-187 South Tce.

David Hughes died in 1904 and probate was awarded to Charles Henry Pierce, hotelkeeper, and Frank Nichols, accountant. The property was bought by William Monroe, a contractor in 1909 and a decade later, it was bought by Filippo Carello, a market gardener.

A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated c. 1910 shows a pair of brick terraced cottages with full length front verandahs and small galvanised iron additions at the rear.

In 1922, Florence Hearne purchased the attached pair of brick cottages. In 1935, the property was bought by William Whittley; Robena Murphy became the owner in 1949. Ms Murphy continued to own the cottages until 1977, when they were purchased by Maxwell and Caroline Thomson. Both cottages were rental properties throughout this time.

The cottages have had a few changes in ownership since the late 1970s, and since 1981 have been registered on a strata plan. A photograph dated 1978 shows an identical pair of single storey brick cottages with separate pitched iron roofs. Additions and alterations to the living area and bathroom of No. 185 were undertaken in 1979. The property was registered as a strata plan in 1981.

This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - RED -significant for contributing to the unique character of Fremantle.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
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 Conjoined residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Face Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

19 Feb 2020


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