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7 Nelson 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 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, 7 Nelson Street, is a typical rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from 1910. 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 Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

7 Nelson Street is 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 face brick and rendered masonry. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. There is a protruding front room with bullnose awning. The gable end above this room has decorative timber features and finial. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron bullnose roof and is supported by turned timber posts with decorative iron brackets and frieze. There is a small gable above the verandah also with decorative timber features and finial. The front door and front window are under the verandah. There are two brick and rendered corbelled chimneys evident. There is a timber picket fence with rendered masonry pillars to the front boundary line.


This area of South Fremantle was subdivided by Henry Briggs in 1893. However, Nelson Street does not appear in Council records until 1898 and was not developed until c. 1900.

House, 7 Nelson Street was built c. 1910. In 1914/15, it was owned by Mary Fell and occupied by John Fell. By 1930/31, George Hobbs was the owner and occupier. After George’s death c. 1938, title passed to his estate and Mary Hobbs was listed as the occupant.

A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated 1954 shows a brick residence with a projecting front room to the east and a half length front verandah over a square bay window to the west. The house had a centrally located front path and the front yard was fenced across the front and down the side to the corner of house. This allowed access to the backyard from the street. There was a large fenced lawn area in the middle of the backyard and a weatherboard stable with a galvanised iron room attached set against the back fence.

Mary Hobbs continued to own the property until the 1960s, and in 1981, House, 7 Nelson Street was owned by a Mr Angove. A Thomas Angove had been the occupant of the house in the 1950s and 1960s.


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

08 Jan 2007

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Last Update

06 Mar 2020


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