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The Cliffe


Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number

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25 Bindaring Pde Peppermint Grove

Location Details

6/2/2012 Address includes: 25L Bindaring Pde and 37, 37A & 37L McNeil Streeet, Peppermint Grove. VFL.

Other Name(s)

Brisbane House (fmr)

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1897

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 24 Jul 2018
State Register Removed 22 Aug 2008 Register Entry
Heritage Council

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
Register of the National Estate Permanent 30 Jun 1992

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 06 Mar 1984

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Category 1

Buildings, which due to their character create the atmosphere of Peppermint Grove, therefore should be retained, but may be altered and extended in a manner which is both discrete and sympathetic to the original fabric and character so that a significant proportion of the original building is retained and from the street the additions are seen to be a continuation of the same fabric and character.

Statement of Significance

The Cliffe is one of the most significant places of its period in
Western Australia with exceptional historic, aesthetic, technical and
social significance.

The Cliffe has been described as 'the showpiece for the local timber
industry...a 30-room honeycomb of jarrah' (pascoe p 57). Externally
J J Talbot Hobbs used a restrained Federation Arts and Crafts style,
which has been muted with blander decoration. Internally the house
has finely proportioned Edwardian interiors, 'MacIntosh' inspired Art
Nouveau bedroom suite, original bathrooms and large kitchen, for
lavish entertainment.
The Cliffe demonstrates the skilled use of the several architectural
lexicons of the day. It is an exemplar of its time because of the high
level of authenticity.
The Cliffe was a focus for Perth and Peppermint Grove society during
the first quarter of this century. The history of the McNeil holding
reflects the suburb's social development. Considerable social
The Cliffe and its grounds are a cultural group in their own right, whilst
the subdivision of the McNeil holding now contains a group of
significant InterWar residences.
The Cliffe remains a rarity of a mansion constructed almost wholly in
timber, in the form of a large bungalow.
The Cliffe was one of the showpieces for the use of jarrah as a fine

Physical Description

The Cliffe is a rare example of the use of a weatherboard in a substantial 'gentleman's' residence in Perth which has, intact, the subsidiary buildings of coachhouse, stables, summerhouse, servants cottages, and part of the original gardens. expansive single-storey timber residence (20 rooms). It has historical associations with the prominent McNeil and Brisbane families (owners) and with J. Talbot Hobbs (architect). The Cliffe was one of the first houses built in Peppermint Grove, and has a close association with the subsequent subdivision of McNeil Street and the development of the suburb.

Federation Arts and Craft Bungalow
Brick porches and extensive verandahs
Summer house
Servants wing
Original interiors, including service areas

Setting: Large mature grounds, set well back from both street frontages.


Neil McNeil, a leading industrialist, was one of the first five people to
establish themselves in Peppermint Grove. The original McNeil
holding occupied the whole streetblock from The Esplanade to Stirling
Highway, north of McNeil Street, which was named for the family.
The McNeils were important members of Perth and Peppermint Grove
society, The Cliffe was a notable venue for garden parties with its
extensive gardens and cliffside setting overlooking Fresh Water Bay.
The McNeils held Red Cross meetings to prepare garments to send to
soldiers overseas during World War 1. The McNeiIs remained a part of
the Peppermint Grove community for a quarter of a century. After the
World War Ithe extensive McNeil holding was subdivided, with lots
facing McNeil Street. The place has been owned for the past decade by
Mark Creasey, a notable mineral prospector. Exceptional historical


Modifications: Minor adaptations


Name Type Year From Year To
J J Talbot Hobbs Architect 1897 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Hocking I; "Report to Heritage CouncilofWA".
P010302 Register of the National Estate Database Entry National Estate
Molyneux I; "Looking around Perth".
Pascoe R; "WesternAustralia's Capital Suburb".

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9187 The Cliffe - Peppermint Grove. Outcomes from site inspection. Heritage Study {Other} 1995

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
OCCUPATIONS Timber industry

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

18 Feb 2021


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