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15 Nelson St 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

House, 15 Nelson Street, is a typical limestone and brick and iron single storey house dating from 1908. 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

15 Nelson Street is a single storey, single room width, limestone and iron house with asymmetrical facade built in 1903 and designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are limestone with red brick quoins. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a separate bullnose corrugated iron roof supported by turned timber posts. Under the verandah is the front door and timber framed double casement windows with iron security grill. There is a brick corbelled chimney evident.


This area of South Fremantle was subdivided by Henry Briggs in 1893. However, Nelson Street does not appear in Council records until 1898 and was not developed until c. 1900.

House, 15 Nelson Street was built in 1903/04 for John Nugent. It was soon sold to Grace and Arthur Dunn. Arthur, a clerk, and his wife lived in the cottage until c. 1915, after which time it was owned by Daniel Jack. In 1920/21, the cottage was occupied by Frederick Doyle. Mary Donovan was the owner in 1930/31; Arthur Retell the occupant. Ernest McGrath owned the cottage from at the early 1940s until the mid-1950s.

A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated 1954 shows a long, narrow brick cottage with a full length front verandah. Although not attached, it was identical in plan form to that at No. 17. House, 15 Nelson Street had a full length front verandah and the front yard was paved around a garden bed. There was an L shaped galvanised iron extension and a short verandah to the rear. Paving connected the back of the house with a detached galvanised iron outbuilding and a toilet.

By 1987, the cottage had been extended to the rear to include a large living room with a mezzanine.

This place was 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).
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
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone
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

06 Mar 2020


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