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30 Suffolk St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1897

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
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 01 Aug 1983

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 14 Dec 1983

Heritage Council
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, 30 Suffolk Street, is a typical limestone, brick and iron single storey house dating from c1897. 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

30 Suffolk Street is a single storey, limestone, brick and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are limestone with brick quoins. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The facade has a front door with fanlight and a double hung sash under the verandah. There is a projecting front room. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and is supported by ionic columns. There is a timber picket fence to the front boundary line.


Suffolk Street is named after the English county, as per Norfolk and Essex Streets.
This house was renumbered twice since its original construction. Originally it was 12 Suffolk Street and was changed to 28 Suffolk in 1934/35 then changed in 1960-64 to the current number, 30 Suffolk Street.
The exact date of construction of this building cannot be ascertained from the available information. The place is recorded as being in existence in 1880 when the earliest City of Fremantle rates books are available. At this time there were three cottages on the lot and it is assumed that one of these was the current cottage. In 1880, the lot was in the ownership of the estate of Gordon Drummond Ralston who died in 1878. Gordon Ralston was a master carpenter and foreman of works at the Convict Establishment. It is speculated that the quality of detailing of the façade of this cottage may be as a result of Gordon Ralston’s own work or his workplace associations. The property passed to his son Joseph in 1883. Joseph was a storekeeper and draper in the mid and late 1800s.
In 1884, the property was transferred to John Snook, a Fremantle City Councillor 1871 -1875 and 1877 – 1887. Snook tragically met his death in 1887 when a Fremantle resident, William Conroy shot him because Snook had refused him permission to enter the Town Hall for a function.
From 1896 to 1903/4, five cottages were listed on the lot. The number of cottages on the lot explains why the House at 30 Suffolk Street is located directly on the western boundary. This would have enabled the maximum number of cottages on the lot.
Subsequent owners of the cottage did not always occupy the place. Later owners and occupiers included: Rose Heberle, William Leonard Boyd, Florence Bartlett, Alexander John Forbes, George Leonard Ordner, Vincenzo De Luca, Nanziata (or Nunziata) and Vittoria Tomba, Arnold DeBoer, John Edward and Christine Wildman, Gregory Jones, Brian and Hazel Hedgley and Reinhart Wolfer.
The 1908 sewerage plan shows a rear verandah with timber enclosures at either end, one for a bathroom. Within the rear of the property two galvanised iron sheds, brick earth closet . The house is built on the western boundary leaving half of the lot free. A front fence is located across the front boundary.
A portion of the block was built on in 1929 when a brick residence was constructed on portion of the lot by the owner at the time, George Ordner. This was numbered 32 Suffolk Street.
This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Purple: "Of architectural and historic significance in its own right.”)
A 1978 photograph of the house shows that the roof was a dark corrugated iron of a dark colour. At that time it was in poor condition. A timber picket pence was located on the front boundary.
In 1981, the owners J and C Wildman submitted an application to the City of Fremantle for the construction of a new bathroom and toilet.
Photographic evidence from 1993 and 1997 when the property was for sale indicates that the cottage was in reasonable condition but no major renovations had been undertaken at this time.


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 Other
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

03 Mar 2020


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