By Cathy Jones
‘Cressy’ 13 Brunswick Street Strathfield and ‘Coleraine’ 15 Brunswick Street Strathfield were twin freestanding single storey weatherboard Federation Queen Anne style Houses. They were built c1912. 15 Brunswick Street (pictured above) was burnt down in 2002 and 13 Brunswick Street has since been demolished.
Weatherboard houses were rare in Strathfield and in 1920, Strathfield Council prohibited building of houses in materials other than brick, stone or concrete in their planning controls.
As recounted by former Mayor John Robert Firth in 1945:
“Shortly after the area was proclaimed a Residential District, the Council resolved that all new main buildings should be built of brick, stone, concrete, or like material. This step did much to eliminate fire risks and tended to enhance the appearance of the district, for wooden houses frequently become unkempt through lack of regular painting and thus tend to lower the tone of a district”.
© Cathy Jones 2018
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