City of Fremantle

Place Number



16 Rose St South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1901

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
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
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 3

Statement of Significance

Duplex, 16 & 18 Rose Street, is a typical limestone, brick and iron single storey duplex pair dating from c 1901. 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

16 & 18 Rose Street was a single storey, limestone, brick and iron duplex pair with a symmetrical facade built in 1901 and designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls to no. 16 are limestone with brick quoins. The walls to no.18 are rendered masonry. The verandah to no.16 has a separate bullnose corrugated iron roof. The verandah to no.18 is flat concrete supported by double steel posts. The front doors are adjacent to each other, no.16 has a fanlight with double hung sash window with iron security grill to one side. No.18 has a simple front door and replacement window. There is a timber picket fence to the front boundary line of no.16 and a painted brick wall to the front boundary line of no.18. Both are obscured by proliferate foliage making further description difficult.


This area of South Fremantle was part of a five acre grant made to Captain John Bruce of the Pensioner Guards in 1851. The property was subdivided in the early 1890s although the majority of the street was not developed until the early 1900s. Duplex, 16 Rose Street was built with its partner, 18 Rose Street, in 1901/02 for owner Selina Oyston. Selina and her husband, John, an engineer, lived in one of the cottages, while the other was leased to architect, Louis Pearce. A sewerage diagram dated c. 1915 shows Duplex, 16 Rose Street and Duplex 18 Rose Street as a mirror pair. Both brick cottages had full length front verandahs and lean-to additions at the rear. At this time, they were numbered 12 and 10 Rose Street respectively. By 1920/21, both duplexes were owned by W H Elkington who leased them to tenants. Between 1930/31 and at least 1941, the properties were owned by Charles Donovan. The duplexes continued to be leased to tenants during Donovan’s ownership. In 1950/51, Duplex 18 Rose Street was owned and occupied by Robert and Vera Williams. Duplex, 16 Rose Street was owned by William Gunnson and leased to Samuel Netherall. It appears that William Gunnson soon moved into No. 16 and in there was no change in ownership or occupation until c. 1960. Both duplexes have had a number of owners since the mid-1970s. This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - RED -significant for contributing to the unique character of Fremantle.


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
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

05 Mar 2020


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