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City of Fremantle

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18-20 Nairn St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1887

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Register of the National Estate Registered 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Nominated 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 01 Aug 1983

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 2

Level 2

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.

Statement of Significance

Duplex 18-20 Nairn Street is a rendered limestone and corrugated iron hipped roof single storey residence in the late Victorian Georgian style of architecture and is of cultural heritage significance.
The place has aesthetic and historic significance as a rare pre gold boom example of residential development in the Old Port City of the West End Conservation Area of Fremantle dating from the late nineteenth.
The place is representative of a residence which is part of a group of remnant residential buildings in Collie, Nairn and Essex Streets.
The place is of social significance as it contributes to the community’s sense of place and as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust.

Physical Description

Duplex, 18-20 Nairn Street is a single storey rendered limestone and zincalume hipped roof duplex constructed as a late example of the Victorian Georgian style of architecture.
The duplex has a dividing firewall which extends through the corrugated iron clad steeply pitched hipped roof. There are four tall corbelled chimneys extant. The dropped verandah is supported by timber collared columns between cast iron brackets (probably not original) over a concrete floored verandah (not original).
There is a front entrance with timber panelled front doors and pairs of timber framed double hung sash windows to each duplex. The metal grille front fence and gate are not original.
A Heritage Assessment was prepared in May 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for signage at No 20 as the place is to be used as a Barristers and Solicitors office.


Nairn St was named for Major William Nairn of 46th Regiment, original grantee of land in Grass Valley, east of Northam. Nairn was born in England in 1767 and died in Fremantle in 1853. In 1839 he was appointed one of the guardians to minors sent to the colony from the United Kingdom. He died at Fremantle on 8 June 1853, aged 86.
Duplex, 18-20 Nairn Street is two four-roomed cottages constructed in 1887 for Edward W. Davies. It remained in the Davies family until 1940.
A Heritage Assessment was prepared in May 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for signage at No 20 as the place is to be used as a Barristers and Solicitors office.


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 fair to good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian
Victorian Regency

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Zincalume
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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