STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE -GRCHistoric Places Documentation Sheet
The prefabricated 4 room weatherboard clad cottage at 22Coronation Street is one of a number of portable buildings imported to Geelong in the period 1853-1856 to meet accommodation exigencies during the Victorian gold rush. The picturesque style cottage was most probably imported by Frederich Bauer, a Geelong entrepreneur and portable house merchant from Hamburg. The construction system is of great technological interest and the cottage is one of a building type best represented in Geelong. The prefabrication cottage dated from 1854 and has strong historical links with the early development of Geelong.
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Historic Buildings Council Register
National Trust of (Victoria) Register
Australian heritage Commission Register of the National Estate
Geelong Regional Commission Register.
City of Geelong Rate Books 1854-1870
City of Geelong West Rate Books 1876- 1900 -1981.
'Geelong County of Grant' Map of the City of Geelong 1854,
James Kearney Draughtsman, published by Tulloch & Brown, Scale 5 chains to 1 inch.
Two identical cottages are shown at 22 and 24 Coronation Street with the outline corresponding to Title particulars and a later field note survey by the Geelong Water and Sewerage Trust.
Geelong Water and Sewerage Trust Field Noted 121/29 - 22 & 24 Coronation Street.
Geelong Advertiser - 11 July, 1854, advertisement F Bauer, FOUR ROOM WOODEN HOUSES FOR SALE'
The undersigned has received per Amethyst from Hamburg TWELVE HOUSES similar to those imported per Nancy whish met with such ready sale..
For general discussion on prefabricated buildings, see
Gilbert Herbert, Pioneers of Prefabrication, Baltimore, 1976
Miles Lewis - 'The Diagnosis of Prefabricated Buildings'
Australian Society of Historical Archaeology, Melbourne, May, 1885
STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE - City ofGeelongWest - Urban Conservation Study - Building Identification Form
The c1854 timber house placed on the street frontage at 22 Coronations Street appears to be a rare and relatively intact imported building from the mid-1850's. Historically it is important a prefabricated building of the Victorian Gold Rush era imported to meet the consequent accommodation crisis. Technically the construction system is of great interest and I the better of the two know cottages in Geelong which are roofed in this way. It is of National significance.
Historic Buildings Council Register,
National Estate Register
Alan Willingham - "Historic Places documentation Sheet" No 149, Geelong Regional Commission 1986.
Lorraine Huddle - "The Heights Conservation Analysis Report", National Trust of Australia (Victoria) 1985.