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63 Attfield St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1897

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

House, 63 Attfield Street, is a timber and iron single storey house dating from 1897. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of a typical workers' cottage in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

63 Attfield Street is a single storey, single room width, timber with ashlar effect and iron cottage with an asymmetrical facade designed as a simple example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are timber with ashlar effect. The roof is gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a corrugated iron bullnose roof and is supported by square timber posts. There is a rendered chimney with rendered corbels. There is a low rendered masonry wall to the front boundary line with a garden behind. Nos 63 & 65 are identical cottages.
This place contains a limestone feature.


House, 63 Attfield Street was formerly 89 Attfield Street. Numbers changed in 1935/36.
The house was built in 1897 for the owner Harold Smith. He leased the property to tenants until at least 1910. The first tenant was George E. Rogers, a barman and the following year the occupant was Isabella Hicks, a boarding house keeper. The house is recorded as a 5 room cottage in 1898 and this may indicate that the house was used as a boarding house. Later owners were Mrs Elsie Casserley; Annie Thomas; and George and Eliza Saunders who lived at the place and had a long association with the place from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Subsequent owners who also occupied the place were Henry Farrell, John and Helen Russell, Mohamed and Fay Baytie, and Mary MacLeod.
The 1908 sewerage plan of this site shows this timber cottage is the same design as the adjacent property at 65 Attfield Street which suggest they were built at the same time. The cottages have verandahs across the width of the front and rear facades. The bathroom is located at the rear of the houses close to the back verandah. In the backyards of the two cottages are timber closets.
This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Brown: "Positively contributing to the built environment")
The photograph taken at that time shows the front verandah had been altered. The verandah roof had been replaced with a flat angled roof probably relacing the bullnose version. The verandah posts had been replaced with brick pillars and the front window had been replaced with an aluminium framed window. The verandah floor appears to be concrete as are the access steps to the verandah. The front boundary wall appears to have been altered with the insertion of metal railings between the masonry pillars.


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 Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

21 Feb 2020


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