Bexley Primary School

Item details

Name of item: Bexley Primary School
Other name/s: Bexley Primary School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: Other - Education
Primary address: 330 Forest Road, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Bayside
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
330 Forest RoadBexleyBaysideSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A two storey brick school building in a prominent location on Forest Rd., historically part of the earlier school development across Forest Rd. The school provides physical evidence of the rapid development growth in the area in the early twentieth century. The school has broader significance in that it is representative of State education in Rockdale in the mid twentieth century.
Date significance updated: 17 May 10
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Description

Construction years: 1925-
Physical description: A two storey Inter-War red brick building with steep hipped roof, clad in Marseille patterned tiles. Large double hung timber windows are divided into small panes. The original front fa├žade is oriented at an oblique angle to Forest Road.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The school is in good condition. Building works commenced on site 2010.
Date condition updated:24 Jun 10
Modifications and dates: ISP-2010/5 : Bexley Public school - New Hall and covered outdoor learning area
DA-2004/1253 : SHADE STRUCTURE
Current use: School
Former use: School

History

Historical notes: The land on which the school is built was first granted to James Chandler on the 19th October 1831 by Governor Brisbane (1300 acres). The land was later subdivided into estates, including Luck's Estate. This was the site of a Victorian villa known as Loretto, the home of James Glen one of the founders of the Bexley Presbyterian Church. The dwelling was later occupied by James Campbell Thom, Solicitor for Railways. The property comprising four acres was acquired by the Education Department in 1921 and converted into four classrooms until demolished to make way for the present school building. The school was built as an extension of the original school immediately across Forest Rd. The school was consolidated onto this site with the selling of the original school buildings in the late 1990s.
See subdivision plan:
Lynton Heights Estate Oriental Estate

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The school is historically significant representing the development of State education in Bexley during the early part of the twentieth century and the expansion from the original site. The school provides physical evidence of the rapid development growth in the area in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The school has aesthetic significance for its location on a bend in Forest Road this has been diminished however by high concrete acoustic walls.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The school is representative of State Education in Rockdale.
Integrity/Intactness: The original school building is reasonably intact.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRockdale Local Environmental Plan 2011I13005 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Study1991028BMeredith Walker and Terry Kass  No
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2330152


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