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8 Rose St South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1912

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, 8 Rose Street, is a typical brick and iron single storey house dating from 1912. 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

8 Rose Street is a single storey, brick and iron house with an asymmetrical façade built in 1912 designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are face brick. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. There is a projecting bay with double hung sash windows. The verandah has a continuous corrugated iron roof and is supported by turned timber posts with timber frieze. There is a projecting gabled porch area over the front door. The house is situated at street level and there is a rendered masonry and iron wall to the front boundary line.


This area of South Fremantle was part of a five acre grant made to Captain John Bruce of the Pensioner Guards in 1851. The property was subdivided in the early 1890s although the majority of the street was not developed until the early 1900s.

House, 8 Rose Street was built in 1912 for (or by) Francis Kestel, a local builder. The Kestals had five children and the family moved from James Street, Fremantle, to Rose Street in 1905/06. They first lived in No. 4, then from 1909 to 1912 lived at No. 6. They occupied No. 8 for a brief period after it was built. Although not confirmed, it would appear that Kestal was a modest developer, and may have built the houses at 6 and 8 Rose Street himself.

In 1913/14, the house was sold to George and Annie Pyle, who continued to own the property until the late 1910s. In 1919/20, the house was owned and occupied by Edward Brooks, whose family continued to own it until the mid-1970s.

A sewerage diagram dated c. 1915 shows House, 8 Rose Street as a large brick house with a square bay window to the west and a full length front verandah wrapping around to half the length of the eastern side of the house. A verandah extended across the rear of the house, and was enclosed on the western end with galvanised iron. At this time, the property was numbered 18 Rose Street.

In 1975, House, 8 Rose Street was bought by Alross and Donald Whittington. Don Whittington was a Fremantle Councillor from 1975 to 1983 and served as Deputy Mayor from 1981 to 1983. Trained as a lawyer, Don Whittington later had a herb and spice importing business in South Terrace and a stall at the Fremantle Markets known as “Culpeppers”. A modest addition comprising a new kitchen and store was built to the rear of the house in 1977.

This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - RED -significant for contributing to the unique character of Fremantle.


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 Bungalow

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

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

05 Mar 2020


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