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44 Wray Av Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1906

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 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

House, 44 Wray Avenue, is a typical brick and iron single storey house dating from 1906. 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

44 Wray Avenue is a single storey, brick and iron house with a symmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are face brick.. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The front elevation has a central front door flanked on either side by a projecting bay with double hung sash windows and a gable above each bay. The verandah has a separate bullnose corrugated iron roof and is supported by turned timber posts. The house is elevated from the street and there is a rendered masonry wall and timber picket fence to the front boundary line.


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.
This house was formerly 46 Wray Avenue; the numbering changing in 1935/36. It was probably built by the same owner as the house at 46 Wray Avenue, which had an identical form although this house is apparent one year after the house at 46 Wray Avenue.
This house is first recorded in the Post Office Directories in 1906 and the occupant was James Stephens. It is noted that this was the same occupant as the first occupant of 46 Wray Avenue this may be due to his moving house or a discrepancy in the records.
Further research of the rates books for this period may clarify this issue and establish the exact date of construction and the original owner of the house.
The 1908 sewerage plan of this site shows this brick house has double bay windows on the front verandah with a long flight of stairs providing access to the front verandah. The front yard is retained by stonewalls. At the rear of the building are a verandah and a galvanised iron addition. In the back yard are a galvanised iron structure and a brick closet.
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 of the house in 1979 shows it has a rendered façade and a corrugated iron roof. The retaining wall on the front boundary appears to be a later design. Most original features appear to be intact.
In the early 2000s the place was extensively renovated and extended under the guidance of local architect Richard Longley.


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).

Other Keywords

The Fremantle MHI management category for this place was amended and adopted by the decision of Council on 28/09/2011.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

03 Mar 2020


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