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63 Wray Av Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1923, Constructed from 1924

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, 62 Wray Avenue, is a typical rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from 1923/24. 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

63 Wray Avenue is a single storey, rendered brick and iron house with a symmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are rendered brick. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The front elevation has a central front door flanked on either side by replacement timber framed windows. The verandah has a continuous corrugated iron roof and is supported by timber posts with brackets. There is a rendered masonry 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.
63 Wray Avenue was built in 1923/24 for the owner and occupant, James Stevens, a Fremantle Councillor between 1905 and 1943. Stevens was born in Victoria in 1867 and arrived in Western Australia in c.1898. He worked as an accountant for butchers, J & L Baker, who had a shop on the corner of South Street and Hampton Road. James Stevens subsequently established his own business as a land and house agent. As a councillor, Stevens served on numerous committees and most notably moved that Fremantle become a city.
Stevens lived at the house with his wife, Jane Cleveland Stevens until her death in 1926 at the age of 61. James lived on at the house until 1943 when he died aged 76. A relative, Margaret Walker Steven owned and occupied the cottage until at least 1952.
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")
At this time the house was photographed and the rendered house is shown to be in good condition with a corrugated iron roof. The original front windows have been replaced with aluminium windows although the front door appears to be original. The verandah supports and the brick wall on the front boundary are not original.
In 1985, the city of Fremantle received an application to establish a medical practice at the premises. This application was refused. Information received at this time shows that a garage and shed was located at the rear of the property. It was also planned that architect Brian Klopper would restore the front verandah of the house at this time.


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 COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Other

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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