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72 Solomon St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1904

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 2

Level 2

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.

Statement of Significance

House, 72 Solomon Street, is a single storey limestone and iron house dating from 1904. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. The place is an fine example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. It is representative of the more affluent building stock located within the residential areas of Fremantle. It is historically significant as a house for John Bateman of J W Bateman Merchants, a prominent Fremantle family. The place has historic significance for its use by the Army during World War Two.

Physical Description

House, 72 Solomon Street is a single storey limestone and tile and corrugated iron house constructed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are limestone with brick painted quoining. The roof is hipped with a corner gable and clad with tiles, with a tall brick chimney. There is a protruding bay under the gable, addressing the corner. The verandah is under a separate corrugated iron roof supported on turned and chamfered timber posts. There are timber framed sash windows. There is a limestone and steel wall to the front boundary.


Solomon Street was originally known as Mary Street, gazetted in 1905. It changed its name in 1951/52 to honour Elias Solomon, a Fremantle merchant and politician who built a house and lived in this street. Solomon was a Town Councillor 1878-1880, 1883-1886, Mayor in 1889-1891, 1896-98 and 1900-01. He was a state parliamentarian, MLA for the seat of South Fremantle 1892-1901, then transferred to Federal Politics with a seat in the House of Representatives from 1901-1903. Solomon was the first Member for Fremantle in the Federal Government.

Subdivision 1 & 2 of 738 was vacant land owned by B & J Stocks in 1903. This residence was built in 1904 by John Bateman of J W Bateman Merchants, for his second wife. After completion the house was rented by several tenants up until World War Two when the Army took control for approx. 1-2 years.

Throughout the years several additions and alterations have taken place.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with some 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
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

01 Dec 2006

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Last Update

19 Feb 2020


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