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Dempster House


Town of Cambridge

Place Number

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82 The Boulevard Floreat

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1950 to 1959

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Anglican Church Inventory YES 31 Jul 1996

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Category 4

Category 4

Little significance Contributes to the understanding of the history of the Town of Cambridge. Photographically record prior to major development or demolition. Recognise and interpret the site if possible

Statement of Significance

The place has some aesthetic value as a largely intact example of the post war International style executed in brick and tile.

The place has historic value for its association with the establishment and development of the Anglican Church in the district in the
period following World War Two.

The place has social value for members of the community who have attended the premises in its role with the Anglican Community
and for its continuity in the streetscape.

Physical Description

The place is a single storey dwelling that has undergone some alteration to the façade which has impacted on the authenticity and presentation of the place. The house is of brick, render and tile construction with an asymmetrical plan form to the façade. The central projecting bay has been extended to provide an increased covered entrance and two storey parking and accommodation element has been constructed to the western side of the façade. The house is set behind lawned gardens with additional plantings.


Dempster House was built in the late 1950s as the aerial photographs for late 1953 show no evidence of the building and the style of the residence is consistent with this period. It is not known if this place was built by the Wembley Parish or was acquired later for its use. The origin of the name 'Dempster House' is not known.

The Anglican Parish of St Nicholas (Floreat Park) was initially part of the St Edmunds (Wembley) Parish and became a parish in its own right in 1972. At first, people from the Floreat area worshipped in the local tennis club. The congregation later gathered in the first church hall which was on the adjacent site (HN84-86 The Boulevard) in 1953. The church hall building project was organised by Rev Jack Watts, the Rector of the Wembley Parish. It is noted that Jack Watts and his wife lived in Pangbourne Street Wembley in the 1950s and 1960s.

It is possible that this residence was acquired when the new parish was created in 1972 and used by the Floreat Parish priest. With the construction of the new parish hall in 1998/9, this property was sold to a private owner.

Photographs of the building in 1996 show the place was originally face brick work. The current rendered
finish appears to date from the late 1990s when it was transferred to the current owner.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
St Nicholas' Anglican Church Floreat Park Website
Aerial photographs, Landgate Online Resources 1953-2016
Cambridge Notes, Cambridge Local Studies Centre, Item T265. Online Document

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RELIGIOUS Housing or Quarters
Original Use RELIGIOUS Housing or Quarters

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Cement Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

26 Mar 1998

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Last Update

29 Apr 2019


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