City of Fremantle

Place Number



108 Attfield St South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1900

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

House, 108 Attfield Street, is a timber and iron single storey house dating from c 1900. 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

108 Attfield Street is a single storey timber and iron house constructed c.1900 in the Federation Bungalow style of Architecture. The walls are timber framed. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah is under a separate corrugated iron bullnose roof supported by timber posts with decorative iron brackets. The symmetrical front façade has a central front flanked on either side by double hung sash windows. The house is situated at street level. There is a rendered masonry and timber picket wall to the front boundary line.


Attfield St is named after Dr George Attfield, Imperial Surgeon 1854-1879, who qualified in London in 1850. He attended Fremantle Gaol and was Superintendent at Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. Attfield married a daughter of Surveyor-General Roe. He died in Brighton UK c1923. The street was developed from the late 1890s, with the majority of the houses dating from the first two decades of the twentieth century. House, 108 Attfield Street was built c. 1900. In 1902, James Kneale, a miner, was the owner. Kneale also owned the adjacent property at 106 Attfield Street. A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated c. 1910 shows a small weatherboard residence with a full length front verandah but no rear verandah or additions. There was a small weatherboard outbuilding with an adjoining tin structure to the north of the house. To the rear, there was a weatherboard outbuilding with a water closet attached. A fowl run was located at the back of the property and a well was located half way along the southern boundary fence. James Kneale continued to own the property until c. 1930. He leased it to tenants during this time. Alice Harken was listed as the owner and occupier in 1932; Winifred and Samuel Davon in 1942. The property changed hands several times in 1952 and again in 1960. It has had a number of owners since that time. This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - BROWN -significant for making a positive contribution to the built environment 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
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard
Wall STONE Limestone
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

21 Feb 2020


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