City of Fremantle

Place Number



16 Ainslie Rd North Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1905

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

Parent Place or Precinct

22385 North Fremantle Precinct

Statement of Significance

House, 16 Ainslie Road, is a typical limestone, brick and iron single storey cottage dating from the 1900s. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical building stock located within the residential areas of North Fremantle. Historically significant as a representation of typical workers' houses in the North Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

House, 16 Ainslie Road, is a single storey limestone, brick and iron cottage with an asymmetrical facade designed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture (with a two storey stone addition to the rear). Walls are limestone with tuck pointed brick quoins and reveals. The front facade has a protruding gable roofed section with a pair of timber framed double hung sash windows with brick arched heads, and a recessed section with a timber framed sash window and a front door. The verandah is in front of the recessed section. Roof is gabled and hipped corrugated iron. There is a decorative finial and timberwork to the gable end; the barge boards have simple curved detailing. The verandah is under a separate corrugated iron roof and runs along half of the front facade. Verandah is supported by timber posts. The house is on the high side of Ainslie Road and is elevated from the street. A limestone fence is located on the front boundary. There are two face brick chimneys with rendered corbelling.


Ainslie Road appears in Fremantle Rate Books from the 1890s as a street of unimproved lots. Although a 1904 Water Supply map indicates there were no buildings on the street at this time, Post Office Directories list a number of residents, suggesting a tent settlement prior to the construction of permanent dwellings. Ainslie Street was gazetted a public highway in 1905. Development followed relatively quickly, and by the interwar period the short street was mostly developed with modest residences. Following World War Two, a number of residences in the street were purchased by the State Housing Authority, particularly towards the eastern end. House, 16 Ainslie Road was constructed c.1905 for Charles E. Blechynden, one of the first two residences on the street (the other being 4 Ainslie Road). From 1909 to 1912 the place was occupied by William D Evans. Evans was North Fremantle Town Clerk while he lived at the Ainslie Road house. This place was included in the 'North Fremantle Heritage Study' (1994) as a place contributing to the development and heritage of North Fremantle. It was also 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.


Moderate degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability, partially restored, some loss of fabric and extensive rear additions). Moderate 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 Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

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

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

22 Mar 2019


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