City of Fremantle

Place Number



83 Attfield St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1913

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, 83 Attfield Street, is a timber and iron single storey house dating from 1913. 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

83 Attfield Street is a single storey, timber and iron cottage with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are timber framed and clad with weatherboards. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a corrugated iron bullnose roof and is supported by turned timber posts. There is brick chimney with rendered corbels. The house has an asymmetrical plan form with a projecting front room with a simply detailed gable above facing the street. There are two double hung sash windows with a bullnose corrugated iron and decorative timber awning over. Original double hung sash window and front doorway with fan and side lights appear intact. There is a low level limestone 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, 83 Attfield Street was formerly 117 Attfield Street. Numbers changed in1935/36. House, 83 Attfield Street was constructed for the owner Albert Ernest Sinclair in 1913 for a cost of £260. He occupied and owned the cottage until at least 1920. This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Red: "Significantly contributing to the unique character of Fremantle.) A photograph of the place at that time shows that the front verandah was partially enclosed in lattice and most of the original features were intact. The front boundary was fenced in a low asbestos fence. A two stone addition designed by Jeff Roberts was completed in approximately 1995.


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 Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard
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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