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6 Carnac St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1903

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, 6 Carnac Street, is a typical rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from 1903. 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

6 Carnac Street is a single storey, single room width, rendered masonry and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are rendered masonry. The roof is gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The facade has a front door with fanlight with a timber framed casement window to the side. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and is supported by round steel posts with a metal balustrade. The house is set well above the street level and there is a set of concrete steps leading up to the verandah level. The house is set at a 45 degree angle to the street alignment. There is a rendered masonry wall to the front boundary line.
One of a pair of four-roomed cottages on a single lot. The cottages are built on opposite boundaries, the intervening space serves as a lane way to the rear of both cottages.
This place contains a limestone feature.


Carnac Street is at an elevation from which Carnac Island can be seen, but not the other islands, possibly the reason for the name. Carnac Island was named after Lieut. John Ruett Carnac, of H.M. Frigate Success.
The house was formerly numbered 20 Carnac Street. The numbering changed in approximately 1934/35.
This house is one of a pair that is similar in design and built at roughly the same time. The two were jointly owned for some years.
8 Carnac Street was built in 1898 for the owner and occupier, John Smith. Smith was a lumper and later a stevedore. The property was transferred to Richard Rennie in 1902/3 and he built the brick cottage which is now 6 Carnac Street.
Whilst Richard Rennie was the owner he leased out the two cottages to tenants. Occupants of 6 Carnac Street included J Weidenbach (draper) and Ernest Coe (butcher).
In 1908 the sewerage plan of the site shows that the cottage had verandah at the front and a stone wall was on the front boundary and part of the wall between the cottage and 8 Carnac Street. In the back yard was a brick closet.
This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Brown: "Positively contributing to the built environment") A photograph of the cottage in 1979/81 shows that the front façade and front wall have been rendered and the original front window replaced.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent partially clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining but with some alterations.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as fair to good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

24 Feb 2020


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