City of Fremantle

Place Number



97 Wray Av Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1916, Constructed from 1915

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, 97 Wray Avenue, is a typical weatherboard and iron single storey house dating from 1915/16. 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

House, 97 Wray Avenue is a single storey, weatherboard and iron house with an asymmetrical facade designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are painted timber weatherboards with an ashlar effect. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The facade has a projecting room with a gable above and double hung windows. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and is supported by square timber posts with a timber balustrade and decorative timber elements. There is a timber picket fence to the front boundary.


Wray Avenue was originally Hampton Street. The named was changed to avoid confusion with the intersecting Hampton Road. It became Alexander Road, after Laurence Alexander, Mayor 1901-1902, and a representative of Falk & Co. The street name was again changed to avoid confusion with Alexandra Road in East Fremantle, and became Wray Avenue in 1923. It was named for William E Wray, at one time with the Education Dept as Truant Inspector, and a resident of the street. He was on the Fremantle Tramways Board and Mayor of Fremantle, 1914-1918. This property was formerly numbered 189; renumbering occurred in 1934/36. This house was built in 1915/16 at a cost of £300 for the owner Fanny Elizabeth Powell and was occupied by Edwin J Powell. The adjacent block which subsequently was numbered 95 Wray Avenue had a garage constructed on it in 1928/29 and was also owned by Fanny Powell. The two lots were commonly owned or closely associated until approximately 2000. Edwin Powell was well known in the area as a contractor and builder. Fanny and Edwin Powell owned and occupied the house and garage until approximately 1947. The house was then transferred to Francis G Coleman who owned and occupied the house until 1964/68. At that time the garage was owned by George Ross Aley and he took over the ownership of the house. The house was occupied by John Gawned in 1964/68. The firms Aley and Powell were builders and later Aley and Richardson were joinery manufacturers. The garage or workshop was used as a timber mill and joinery for many years. This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Purple: "Of architectural and historic significance in its own right") A photograph of the house at that time shows that the house was in relatively good condition with the front verandah partially enclosed with asbestos sheeting. The timber and iron roof were in good condition and the garden was well maintained. In 1980, the house was owned and occupied by James Richardson. Richardson continued to occupy the place until 1999 although the owner changed to Retainer Pty Ltd. In 2000, the land on which this house was located was subdivided separating it from the former workshop. It appears that prior to the subdivision the house was not used as a residence but was an extension of the business adjacent. At this time asbestos cladding which had been fixed to the exterior of the house was removed to reveal the original timber weatherboards in relatively good condition. By 2003, the house had been renovated although not extended. The original verandah had been reinstated.


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

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

03 Mar 2020


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