City of Fremantle

Place Number



19 Nelson St South 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, 19 Nelson Street, is a typical rendered brick 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 the typical workers' houses in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture.

Physical Description

19 Nelson Street is a single storey, rendered brick and iron house with a symmetrical facade built in 1913 and designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are rendered brick. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a separate bullnose corrugated iron roof and is supported by turned timber posts with decorative timber brackets. There is a rendered corbelled chimney evident. There is a rendered masonry and timber picket wall to the front boundary line. Proliferate foliage makes further description difficult.


This area of South Fremantle was subdivided by Henry Briggs in 1893. However, Nelson Street does not appear in Council records until 1898 and was not developed until c. 1900. House, 19 Nelson Street was built in 1912/13 for James Wright. It was connected to the sewerage system in 1914. In 1914/15, the cottage was sold to James Forrest Mitchell, who continued to own it until at least the early 1950s. A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated 1954 shows a brick house in a squat L shape, with a full length front verandah and centrally located front steps with a path leading to the street. There were weatherboard and asbestos additions to the rear. A path led from the side of the house, across the back and to two attached galvanised iron structures in the backyard. The yard also encompassed the adjoining lot. Additions to the rear comprising family room, kitchen, pantry, bathroom, toilet and laundry were approved in 1978. In 1990, House, 19 Nelson Street was advertised for sale. The land still comprised two lots at this 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
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

06 Mar 2020


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