City of Fremantle

Place Number



15 Grey St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1903, Constructed from 1902

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 2

Statement of Significance

House, 15 Grey Street, is a limestone, brick and iron single storey house dating from 1902/03. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of a typical workers cottage in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

15 Grey Street is a single storey, single room width, limestone, brick and iron cottage with an asymmetrical facade designed as a simple example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are limestone with brick quoins. The roof is gabled and clad with corrugated iron with a decorative timber barge. The verandah has a corrugated iron bullnose roof and is supported by turned timber posts. There is a timber picket fence to the front boundary line.


House, 15 Grey Street was formerly 29 Grey Street; renumbering occurred in 1935/36. This dwelling is one of a group of five dwellings 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23 Grey Street that were built in 1902/03 for the owner Mrs E. H. Fothergill. Mrs Fothergill was the wife of Captain Edward Fothergill, a master mariner who maintained a regular trading run between Fremantle and Melbourne and was at one time the licensed victualler of the Cleopatra Hotel. This is the only freestanding property. The properties were leased to a variety of tenants. The first recorded tenant of this house was John Walsh, a railway employee. Later owners were; George York Hubble and Matthew Lewis Moss; William Birmingham and Matthew Lewis Moss; William Birmingham and Edward Henry Fothergill; and in 1945 Edith Margaret Tindale was the last owner who owned all the five properties. The 1908 sewerage plan of the site shows that these five dwellings were identical to each other. The duplexes at 17/19 and 21/23 were mirror images of each other; 15 Grey Street is the only freestanding cottage. The buildings are brick and each had a verandah at the front and rear. Timber additions at the rear included the bathroom and water tanks were located adjacent to the bathroom. In the back yard of each property were a galvanised iron shed and a timber closet. In 1961, the owner I. Iannello undertook to demolish the existing verandah and replace it with a flat concrete roof and decorative supports. The builder, P. Amaro undertook similar work at the adjacent property at 17 Grey Street. 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")


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
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

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

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

15 Apr 1997

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Last Update

26 Feb 2020


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