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8-14 Lithgow Street. Lithgow, New South Wales

Lithgow is one of the few places in the Blue Mountains area where you can find terraced housing and many of the working class terraces there served as housing for the mining and industry in the 19th century. This row of four double storey terraces is situated in the Pottery Estate and likely dates to the 1880s, most probably serving as homes for those working at the local colliery which opened in 1873.1  Architecturally they are interesting for the materials and lack of significant ornament.

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  1.  NSW Heritage record 1960330

3-21 Paternoster Row, Pyrmont. Sydney, New South Wales

Pyrmont has some impressive long stretches of terrace houses.  While the vast majority were built in Sydney’s Harris and Macarthur estates during the 1870s and 1880s with decorative iron lace, some earlier sandstone georgian working class terraces survive.  The fact that this working class row of ten was built in brick as early as 1860 sets it apart.

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Specimen Cottage: 178-180 Hargreaves Street. Bendigo, Victoria

Specimen Cottage, the oldest terrace house in Bendigo is also reputed to be the oldest house and possibly oldest buildings in the city.  The row of two sandstone ashlar cottages was built in two stages.  The first single storey double fronted cottage was erected in 1856 by local stonemason James Brierley.  The name and date are enscribed in stone above the doorway.  In 1861 he extended it with a matching double storey cottage.

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Barwon Mill Cottages. 42-52 Lower Paper Mills Road, Fyansford. Geelong, Victoria

This row of six single storey double fronted workers cottages was built between 1878 and 1879 in local bluestone and designed by Joseph Watts as part of the historic Barwon Paper Mill Victorian era industrial complex and a rare example of British model company housing ensuring that it has the highest heritage protection being on the Victorian Heritage Register (H0743)1, National Trust Register2 and part of a City of Greater Geelong heritage overlay HO2083.

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  1. Victorian Heritage Database H0743
  2. National Trust file B3361
  3. City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme 47ho

Princess Row: 190-198 Petrie Terrace. Brisbane, Queensland

Located on the corner of Princess Street and Petrie Terrace, this row of four attached workers cottages on the fringe of the central business district was built in an era when Brisbane was still without public transport. Forming part of the historic Petrie Terrace group of terraces and cottages, its prominently steep gable roof is free of projecting party walls and each cottage is marked only by paired dormer windows and shared chimneys between each pair. This is probably the most rustic of the remaining working cottages with its corrugated iron roof clearly corroding. The addition of an interwar shopfront on the corner obscures one of the end terraces.

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92-94 Perry Street, Collingwood. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of plain looking old terraces in formerly working class Collingwood is in fair external condition but obviously visibly showing its age, moreso the house at 92 which has the appearance of subsiding with large visible cracks along its facade, nevertheless it was recently advertised by real estate agents as “structurally sound” and recently sold for many hundreds of thousands.

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2-4 Regent Street, Richmond. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of narrow working class cottages are situated near the Victoria Street railway bridge and are distinctive due to their rustic gothic style. The style was mildly popular in the 1860s but seldom used in terrace houses in Victoria.

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Recent Discussion
  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...
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