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127 Attfield St South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1910

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, 127 Attfield Street, is a brick and iron single storey house dating from c 1910. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

127 Attfield Street was a single storey, brick, rendered masonry and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are rendered brick. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron with decorative timber barge boards and finial to the gabled roof. There is a protruding front room with double casement windows. The separate verandah with corrugated iron roof extends across the front façade and is supported by turned timber posts with decorative brackets and frieze. Under the verandah is the front door and casement window. There is a rendered chimney evident. A second storey extension at the rear of the house is part rendered masonry/part timber clad with iron roof. There is a brick and timber picket fence to the front boundary line.


Attfield St is named after Dr George Attfield, Imperial Surgeon 1854-1879, who qualified in London in 1850. He attended Fremantle Gaol and was Superintendent at Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. Attfield married a daughter of Surveyor-General Roe. He died in Brighton UK c1923. The street was developed from the late 1890s, with the majority of the houses dating from the first two decades of the twentieth century.
House, 127 Attfield Street was built c. 1910. In 1912, the property was owned and occupied by Beatrice and Job Selwood.
In 1932, Sarah Selwood was listed as the owner and occupier, and in 1952, Elise Selwood.
A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated 1954 shows a brick house with a projecting front room to the south and a half length front verandah. There were several weatherboard, galvanised iron and asbestos outbuildings behind the house. There was also a large fowl run enclosure at the rear of the yard.
The property has changed hands at least five times since it was sold by the Selwood family in the mid-1970s.
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
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Other Use OTHER Other

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

21 Feb 2020


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