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40 Carnac St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

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, 40 Carnac Street, is a typical rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from 1898. 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

40 Carnac Street is a single storey, rendered masonry and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are rendered masonry. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The facade has a projecting front room with a gable roof over. The gable detailing has been removed except the finial. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and is supported by steel columns. Part of the verandah has been infilled with fibre cement sheeting and glazed louvres.


Carnac Street is at an elevation from which Carnac Island can be seen, but not the other islands, possibly the reason for the name. Carnac Island was named after Lieut. John Ruett Carnac, of H.M. Frigate Success.
This house was formerly 58 South Lane; the numbering changed in 1934/35 to 6 South Lane and changing again in 1956/60 to the current name and number. It is referred to as 40-42 Carnac Street in some documents. .
House, 40 Carnac Street was first recorded in 1898 in the Post Office Directories with Mrs Harriet Chamberlain as occupant. The following year its occupants were Frederick Gibson and Mrs Harriet Chamberlain.
The 1908 sewerage plan of the site shows this stone house has a verandah at the front and rear with two timber additions on the rear verandah. The house appears to have been split to enable it to be used as two separate dwellings. Fences have separated the back and front yards. Each of the back yards has its own galvanised iron closets.
This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Brown: "Positively contributing to the built environment") A photograph of the house in 1979/81 shows that the house continues to be used as two separate dwellings as there are two gates and front doors. The front verandah is enclosed with louvres and fibre cement sheeting. The building was in good condition at that time.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent partially clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with some original fabric remaining but with some alterations.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as fair (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 Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Smooth
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof METAL Zincalume

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

24 Feb 2020


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