Item 7.9 - Attachment 1
Heritage Advisory Committee Minutes for 24 November 2010
Professor Carol Liston in the Chair, Shylie Brown (arrived 5:45pm), Peter Crittenden (retired 6.53pm), Elaine Evans, Ruth Evans, Anne Mathews, Bill McGuirk and David Shakespeare.
An apology was received and accepted for the absence of Bronwyn Alcorn and Janice Huntington.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION
Professor Carol Liston declared a non pecuniary interest in relation to Minute No 74/10 as Professor Liston had reviewed information associated with the themes for Parramatta Stories.
72/10 Heritage Advisory Committee Minutes – 26 October 2010
A copy of the Minutes of the Heritage Advisory Committee held on 26 October 2010 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the minutes of the meeting of the Heritage Advisory Committee held on 26 October 2010 be taken as read and be confirmed as a true record of the meeting
FEEDBACK FROM COUNCIL
73/10 Adoption of October Minutes
It was noted that Council, in adopting the Committee’s October minutes,
had further resolved to thank the Friends of Mays Hills Cemetery for works
undertaken and to make available an amount of $1000 from Council’s Local Heritage Account
by way of a grant to the Friends to assist in the general upkeep of the
Samuel Burge 1874
Edward Pearce 1902
Charles Byrnes 1870
William Noller 1896
Arthur Collett 1930
William Irwin 1938
The Committee noted the significance of the Mayors and expressed appreciation to the Council for its action.
A copy of the 12 themes, as discussed at previous meetings and as devised by Dr Terry Kass and reviewed by Professor Liston, had previously been distributed to all members for comment.
The 12 themes were as follows:-
· Where the salt water meets the fresh (Natural evolution and background)
· Aboriginal heritage and culture
· Shaping Parramatta
· Moving about
· Surviving in Parramatta
· Being successful in Parramatta
· Living in Parramatta
· Working in Parramatta
· Making Parramatta secure
· Expanding the bounds of personal knowledge, science, technology and the arts
· Mixing and meeting (A meeting place)
· Building community identities/ Fashioning lifestyles
Michelle added that Dr Terry Kass had also worked on a series of secondary themes which fall under the 12 main themes and commented that there was in interest in building a broader understanding of the linkages of any site throughout and beyond the LGA.
David Shakespeare commented that Arthur Phillip did not get a mention.
indicated that he would fall under a number of the themes including Shaping
Karen O’Donnell arrived at the meeting at 5.55pm.
Peter Crittenden noted that in the theme ‘Making Parramatta Secure’ the fortified redoubt was constructed on the ridge rather in the crescent.
75/10 Sesqui-Centenary of the
The Committee welcomed Louise Preston, Council’s Archivist, to the meeting to speak on the subject issue, as raised at the previous meeting.
Karen O’Donnell and Louise Preston advised that preliminary research had been undertaken on the issue and advised:-
· Council was incorporated on 27 November 1861 with the first Council Meeting having been held in January 1872;
· Possible recognition could include exhibitions and associated programs, a possible publication focusing on civic life and the impact of local government on Parramatta and/or a cradle city exhibition;
· A cross functional team had been arranged within Council with members from Civic Events, Marketing and Communications and the Heritage Centre to consider appropriate celebration/recognition; Consultation with Councillors would also occur.
Other comments/suggestions discussed included:-
· The possibility of local schools being involved;
· The need to articulate in an easily understandable way why 150 years is significant;
· Any guest speakers should be fully aware of Parramatta’s local history;
· Consideration could be given to digitising the first Council rate book and election information;
· Possible publication of a book providing details on the Mayors throughout Parramatta’s history.
76/10 Comprehensive Heritage Review
Mr Kennedy noted that the Committee, at its previous meeting, had requested that contact be made with other Western Sydney Councils to ascertain the approaches for dealing with fibro heritage properties, such as exist in the Blaxcell Estate Conservation Area.
Mr Kennedy outlined his preliminary findings regarding fibro dwellings and also the condition and degree of intactness of dwellings in Blaxcell Estate. Key points to emerge from the investigations were that:
· Maintenance is an issue for fibro dwellings, with the hope often for delisting to allow total demolition and construction of more modern houses
· Alterations can be permitted to fibro dwellings if undertaken in a sympathetic manner, but recladding will always be a fundamental issue
· The fibro and brick houses in Blaxcell Estate are generally in a good and original condition; the brick houses in Montgomery Avenue in particular showing high levels of intactness.
The Committee agreed
that there was a strong case for listing the brick houses in
Consideration was then given to a further batch of items of State significance to determine whether they should be included on the State Heritage Register.
The following sites were then considered and subsequent decisions reached:-
In view of the notable former owner and position of the premises, it is considered that the premises should be an Item of State Significance.
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery – 502 Church Street, North Parramatta
It was understood that the cemetery was the oldest catholic cemetery in NSW and accordingly, is an item of State Significance.
Houses Built for Housing Commission -- 276,
Items of local significance.
All Saints Cemetery –
Numerous notables buried in cemetery including explorer Gregory Blaxland. Item of State Significance.
Housing Commission Houses – 6-16,
Items of local significance.
Home – Burnside Homes Group –
It was noted that the site forms part of a group of homes, the remainder of which lie within The Hills Council area.
As the premises were designed by William Hardy Wilson, it was considered that it may qualify for as an Item of State Significance.
Whilst the premises are beautiful, item of local significance only.
First form of construction of this type in the world. Item of State Significance.
Item of local significance.
Site possibly contained Howells Mill. Potential Item of State Significance.
Convent of Our Lady of Mercy and associated Buildings – 2 – 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta
Item of local Significance.
A beautiful building, but only of local significance.
Item of local significance.
Home of the notable John Nobbs. Test site as Item of State Significance.
Use of materials on site was innovative at time. Test as Item of State Significance.
Item of local significance.
Water Aqueduct – 579a
Pipeline was revolutionary at the time. There may be a case for listing as an Item of State Significance.
Peter Crittenden retired from the meeting at 6.53pm during consideration of this matter.
77/10 Update on Development Applications
In the absence of Mr Popovic, this matter was held over until the next meeting of the Committee.
78/10 Local Heritage Fund Applications
That funds in the amount of $1000 be granted.
The fine quality of the work was noted.
(a) That funds in the amount of $2000 be granted.
(b) Further, that a letter of congratulations be forwarded to the relevant tradesman complimenting the quality of the works.
RESOLVED (S Brown/R Evans)
That funds in the amount of $2000 be granted.
of the City March – HMAS
David Shakespeare noted the quality of the subject event held last weekend.
Mr Shakespeare noted that the 2nd anniversary of the sinking of Parramatta II was also imminent.
That Council be congratulated on the quality of the Freedom of the City March held on Saturday, 20 November 2010.
80/10 John McClymont History Award
David Shakespeare noted that some 4 years ago the Lord Mayor had recognised the efforts of John McClymont through the presentation of the John McClymont History Award to the local who scored the highest HSC mark in history each year.
The award will again be presented this year and Mr Shakespeare advised that he was currently chasing up the Department of Education to ascertain the lucky recipient.
Shylie Brown noted that John McClymont’s important book on John Howieson had now been edited and finalised and was currently being printed.
Ruth Evans advised that the Epping Eastwood Conservation Zone was dominated by street trees but noted that their care and maintenance was sometimes lacking.
referred to building works being undertaken at
Ruth asked who was responsible for the protection of such trees and whether Council had developed a policy for street trees’ care and maintenance. Further, whether the development consent issued would require protection of the trees.
Bill McGuirk asked if any further information was available with respect to the subject site.
Mr Kennedy advised
Mr McGuirk noted the site’s important due to its proximity to the Old Toongabbie Convict Farm and indicated that an archaeological assessment of the site should be required.
83/10 The Junius Cup – Sydney - 1827
Prior to her
departure, Louise Preston tabled notification of an auction to be held on
Monday 29 November 2010 for the subject cup. The trophy was made by Alexander
Dick for James Robertson and was won by Robert Fitzgerald’s horse ‘creeper’ at
The Committee considered that the purchase price would be extensive.
84/10 Merry Christmas
The Chairperson wished all a safe and merry Christmas.
The meeting terminated at 8.06pm.