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124 Wray Av Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1904 to 1905

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, 128 Wray Avenue, is a typical rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from 1904/05. 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

House, 124 Wray Avenue is a single storey, rendered masonry and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are painted and rendered masonry. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The façade is asymmetrical with a projecting front room with a gable over and timber framed double hung sash windows. The verandah has been infilled.


Wray Avenue was originally Hampton Street. The named was changed to avoid confusion with the intersecting Hampton Road. It became Alexander Road, after Laurence Alexander, Mayor 1901-1902, and a representative of Falk & Co. The street name was again changed to avoid confusion with Alexandra Road in East Fremantle, and became Wray Avenue in 1923. It was named for William E Wray, at one time with the Education Dept as Truant Inspector, and a resident of the street. He was on the Fremantle Tramways Board and Mayor of Fremantle, 1914-1918.
House 124 Wray Avenue was formerly 164 Wray Avenue; renumbering occurred in 1930.
The house is one of three identical stone cottages (120/122/124) built for Harry Higham in 1904/5. Higham leased them to tenants and Stephen W. Cusack first occupied this house.
A plan of the site in 1908 shows the stone cottages as identical in plan with an asymmetrical front elevation with a verandah. At the rear of the houses were stone additions across the full width of the rear elevation with a water tank adjacent. In the backyards were timber sheds and a brick closet. This house had an additional galvanised iron shed in the back yard.
This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Red: "Significantly contributing to the unique character of Fremantle") A photograph taken at the time shows that the building was in relatively good condition with a corrugated iron roof and rendered stone walls. The front verandah had been partially enclosed with a structure of fibre cement sheeting and glass. The front door was accessed by steps and the balustrade for the steps was a later addition. The concrete steps and verandah floor were probably not original. It appears the place was being used at that time for a non-residential use.
A photograph of the place in 2006 shows that it had not substantially changed although it had been painted. It had also returned to a residential function.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining with some alterations.


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
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall RENDER Smooth

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

03 Mar 2020


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