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Hymus House and Outbuildings


City of Rockingham

Place Number

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303 Mandurah Rd East Rockingham

Location Details

To be assessed as part of P3841 Est Rockingham Heritage Precinct

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1895, Constructed from 1938

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage Agreement YES 18 Apr 2008 Text of the Heritage Agreement
Heritage Council
State Register Registered 17 Feb 2006 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 19 Apr 2013

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 24 Apr 2018 Category A

Category A

Worthy of the highest level of protection- recommended for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places. Development would require consultation with the City of Rockingham. Maximum encouragement to the owner should be provided under the City of Rockingham Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. A detailed Heritage Assessment* and Impact Statement should be undertaken before approval is given for any major redevelopment. Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be also be considered.

Statement of Significance

Hymus House & Outbuildings, a Victorian bungalow style house constructed of vuggy lacustrine limestone and a roof clad in corrugated galvanised iron, together with outbuildings including Workers’ Quarters and Dairy, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
•The place is a visually prominent element in the East Rockingham landscape, and is a landmark on Mandurah Road;
•The place is a rare example of a vuggy lacustrine limestone structure, a local construction material commonly used in the East Rockingham area until the post-World War Two period;
•The House has aesthetic value arising from its physical proportions and construction in local stone;
•The place is a rare component of a clearly definable collection of buildings and sites from the early settlement of the district;
•The place has a strong association with the Hymus family who were among the earliest settlers in East Rockingham and were involved in the social and civic development of the district;
•The place is associated with the Stokes family who owned land and farmed in the district from the early 20th century up to the 1970s;
•The place contributes to the district’s sense of history and permanence.

Physical Description

Restored single storey bungalow of vuggy limestone masonry construction with a corrugated iron hipped roof, penetrated by a brick chimney topped with two clay pots.
The roughly square plan bungalow and surrounding planted garden of mature shrubs and lawn are contained by a fence of brick piers and flat top timber palings atop low stone walls. The limestone walls of the building have been rendered, painted and feature timber framed windows with face brick quoining. The attached verandah is covered by an extension of the roof with a break of pitch, supported on timber posts and raised two steps from ground level.
The surrounding outbuildings are no longer extant including the former dairy building, loading ramp, shed with lean-to and concrete water tank.


The Hymus family was among the first to settle in east Rockingham in the 1850s. Daniel Hymus (1835-1920) (senior), who ran the then Port (now Rockingham) hotel, and his wife Fanny (nee Bell) (1848-1913) acquired the land on which Hymus house now sits in 1878 and lived in an earlier dwelling. Their son Daniel (1876-1932) built the current house c1895.
In 1935, the property was sold to farmer Joseph Stokes who developed it as a dairy.
In 2006, the cultural value of Hymus House was recognised officially when it was placed on the State Register of heritage Places. In early 2007, subdivision of old farmland surrounding Hymus house was approved, subject to the establishment of a Heritage Agreement which required urgent conservation works which included securing the building, replacing the roof sheeting was replaced and rebuilding the verandahs. The new owners restored the building as the company’s administrative office.


Integrity: Moderate Degree
Authenticity: High Degree




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Hymus House Conservation Management Plan
City of Rockingham Municipal Heritage Investory
Landgate Aerial Photos
State Heritage Office

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
4573 Hymus House : Mandurah Road, East Rockingham W.A. : conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1999
9464 Heritage report on East Rockingham settlement for City of Rockingham, Town of Kwinana and Landcorp. Heritage Study {Other} 0
8421 Urgent works report : East Rockingham heritage precinct. Book 1998
9007 Hymus house outbuildings. East Rockingham, Western Australia. Archival record. Archival Record 2008

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles


Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying
PEOPLE Early settlers
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Immigration, emigration & refugees

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

19 Feb 2020


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