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Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number

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50 Irvine St Peppermint Grove

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Drummond Residence

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1900

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 23 Oct 2018

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 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Category 1

Buildings, which due to their character create the atmosphere of Peppermint Grove, therefore should be retained, but may be altered and extended in a manner which is both discrete and sympathetic to the original fabric and character so that a significant proportion of the original building is retained and from the street the additions are seen to be a continuation of the same fabric and character.

Statement of Significance

This two storeyed limestone and tiled mansion, with its two
storey verandahs to three facades and diagonal bay, in the
Federation Queen Anne style, has cultural significance because:
it has strong historical associations with John Drummond, the
Drummond family, and J J Talbot Hobbs, prominent members of
the suburb's community;
it is an animated and eclectic example of a design in this
style for a mansion in the suburb;
it demonstrated, very tangibly, the revival of the Drummond
family's fortunes inWA;
it revived the name of 'Hawthornden' for the family
it is a landmark in a townscape area.

Physical Description

The place is a lively and notable design by J J Talbot Hobbs,
which attempts to tum the corner to make the east facade as
important as the northern, or street facade,


The mansion was originally constructed for John Drummond,
and demonstrates his revival of the Drummond family fortunes.
He was a member of the well known early Western Australian
family, who fell on hard times. The Drummond family had
previously been well known pastoralists in the Toodyay area,
with their property called 'Hawthornden'. This generation of the
Drummond family became important members of the Peppermint
Grove community for four decades. The mansion design is
attributed to J J Talbot Hobbs, one of the notable architects of the
suburb from this period. Considerable historical significance.
Hobbs sought to animate and give a dynamic relationship
between the front and side facades as he had done in the 1902
design for the Weld Club, Perth. Even the front verandah has a
skipping rhythm. It is a notable and eclectic interpretation of the


Sympathically restored and added to with replacement verandah
by D L Agland.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
R Pascoe Western Australia's Capital Suburb, Peppermint Grove

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
77 Municipal Inventory

Other Keywords

The place is rare as an example of an eclectic design of a
mansion in this style.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities

Creation Date

04 May 2002

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Last Update

19 Feb 2021


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