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Fothergill Street Precinct


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 27b, 28, 29 Fothergill St & 28 & 30 Solomon St Fremantle

Location Details

28 & 29 are vacant lots on Fothergill St

Other Name(s)

John Street (fmr)

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1898, Constructed from 1908

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage Area YES 08 Mar 2007
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Registered 25 Jun 2004 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
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
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Apr 2004 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

Statement of Significance

The houses and streetscape of the historic precinct have a strong collective and visually cohesive aesthetic presence, reflecting a narrow range of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architectural styles and palette of materials that form a significant streetscape. The precinct is an almost complete example of an early twentieth century streetscape, the historic precinct is a good historical record of how Western Australians lived in the early years of the twentieth century, and the way in which the residences of the elite, the middle class and the working class existed side by side in that period. The historic precinct demonstrates changing demographics, the need for replacing deteriorating material, changing technology, and changes in lifestyle without the loss of the overall Federation period character. The precinct also reflects a pattern of development whereby pressures for higher density development led to the area’s decline, and the subsequent removal of this pressure

Physical Description

Fothergill Street Precinct comprises 11 residences and one vacant lot in
Fothergill Street, Fremantle, between Solomon Street and Swanbourne
Street, the majority of which were constructed in the decade 1898-1908, of
limestone and brick with iron roofs, though some of them now have
zincalume or tiled roofs.

Fothergill Street rises at a steady gradient from Hampton Road as it
reaches its steepest gradients in the Solomon to Swanbourne Street
section, falling away across the historic precinct from north to south also.
The most striking overall initial impression of this section of the street is its
visual harmony and the fact that all but two houses are, in the main,
constructed of materials and in the style of the late nineteenth to early
twentieth century, the Federation period. One of the exceptions is 28
Solomon Street, which on the surface appears much later, but elements of
the fabric including the location in close proximity to boundaries and cast
iron wall vents be


The precinct comprises Nos. 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 27b, vacant lot, 28, and 29 Fothergill Street, and nos. 28 and 30 Solomon Street, Fremantle, (i.e. Fothergill Street between the east side of Solomon Street and Swanbourne Street). The majority of these 11 residences were constructed in the decade 1898-1908, of limestone and brick with iron roofs. The street was formerly called John Street.

During the 1880s and 1890s, many of the Fremantle merchant class, having acquired the necessary degree of wealth, moved from homes located in the heart of Fremantle, close to their business premises, to the 'more exclusive area… using to advantage the high ground above the township on the east side of High Street.', where they built substantial family homes, generally on large lots, which displayed their wealth and their status. In contrast to the simple dwellings of the majority of the populace of Fremantle, 'the homes of many merchants were of two storeys or more, with basements, towers, and


All houses in the historic precinct remain in use as residences, retaining
their original use. The prospect for future conservation remains good and
the degree of integrity high.
All residences in the historic precinct have been subject to internal and
external change. Change has included additions to most residences,
alterations to verandahs, boundary treatments, and roofing finishes. The
substance of all but one of the houses remains substantially intact. The
precinct as a whole retains a moderate to high degree of authenticity.


Most of the places are well maintained. All have been impacted upon by maintenance and change to varying degrees and there is much replacement material along boundary fences, roofs, and verandah structures. Some places have received some poor maintenance strategies.On the whole the maintenance has effected subtle changes but has not detracted from the historic precinct to a significant degree. Fothergill Street Precinct is generally in fair to good condition.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
6816 Submission to Heritage Council : opposing proposed development at 27A Fothergill Street, Fremantle, WA. Heritage Study {Other} 2004
6798 Development application to two storey proposed residence, Lot 11 (House No. 27A), Fothergill Street, Fremantle. Report 2003

Place Type

Precinct or Streetscape


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Filigree
Federation Queen Anne
Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof TILE Cement Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

01 Feb 2000

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Last Update

25 Jun 2021


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