Head - heritage sites
Tuross House and Norfolk Island pine
Location: Lots 5 and 6, DP 258730, 18-20 Coral Crescent
significant regionally for its associations with Eva
Mylott, famous opera singer; with well-known early settler Patrick
Mylott; and, eminent land developer, Hector
McWilliam. It has local aesthetic significance for its distinctive
Victorian Georgian style, rare in the local Tuross area.
Socially it has special cultural significance and association to Tuross
residents as being integral to the identification of the town and its
As such it has local social significance. It has local scientific significance
for its potential to contribute to an understanding of early building
techniques and the lifestyles of early Tuross area pioneers in the later
years of the 19th century.
2 Description: Tuross House Barn
Location: Lot 1, DP 258730, 221 Hector McWilliam Drive
The Barn has
regional historic significance for its association with well-known early
settler, Patrick Mylott; and, eminent land developer, Hector McWilliam.
It has also high-level local aesthetic significance for being the only
surviving one of its type in the local Tuross area.
It has local scientific significance for its potential to contribute
to an understanding of farming practices and building techniques in
the later years of the 19th century on the South Coast
3 Description: Old Tuross Bakery
Location: Lot 156, DP 15425, 10 Hood Crescent
bakery has local historic significance for its connection with the sub-division
and development of Tuross and for evidencing the importance of the seasonal
tourist trade in the local area.
It has aesthetic significance for its unusual quoin detailing and rarity
of design in the local Tuross area. Scientifically it has local significance
for its potential to contribute to an understanding of the scale and
demand for commercial services and also the changes in bread-making
from the early years of the 20th century.
4 Description: Timber cottage
Location: Lot 21, DP 15425, 23 Hawkins Road
has high-level local significance for its identification with pioneering
attempts to develop Tuross Head as a tourism/leisure destination. Its
design is typical of purpose built leisure dwellings on the NSW coast
in the early 20th century.
Socially it has special association with the local beginnings of the
20th century leisure culture and as such has local social significance.
Scientifically, the building contains a form and fabric identifiable
with leisure housing of its period and has the potential to reveal information
about the scale and construction of such purpose-built dwellings on
the South Coast in the early 20th century.
It goes on
to say “erected this cottage in 1928, in 2 sections” without
saying that these were two single cottages that were move from Garlandtown
and butted together to form one which is far more historical and interesting.
5 Description: St
David’s Presbyterian Church
Location: Lot 181, DP 15425, 277 Hector McWilliam Drive
the Church has high-level local historic significance for two areas
of settlement in the region. In the first instance it was erected by
the Presbyterians only a year after the government had laid out the
town site, in response to the influx of gold rush population. The early
town supported Churches of three denominations.
It was relocated to Tuross at the time of the post-was expansion of
the town which had only been established some thirty years previously.
For these reasons, the Church is historically significant at a regional
level. Its aesthetic rarity is not only on its age, but also on the
fact that its weatherboard cladding has been reversed at the time of
the building's move.
As such it has local aesthetic significance. Socially it has served
the Presbyterians of two townships for a total of over one hundred and
thirty years and has regional social significance.
Scientifically the building has local significance for its potential
to reveal information about Presbyterian worship in small South Coast
NSW towns in the later middle 19th and mid 20th centuries and also about
local rebuilding skills and techniques in that location in the mid 20th
DAVID'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. According to historical records, this
Church was actually built in 1869 at Nerrigundah i.e one year after
the government had laid out the town site of Nerrigundah in response
to the influx of the gold rush population.
In 1953 it was taken down and re-erected on its present site on Hector
McWilliam Drive in Tuross by Athol Hawdon and his workforce. Using local
rebuilding skills and techniques, all of the sound material of the old
Church was used and the outside weatherboards were reversed (turned
inside out) when the Church was re-erected.
So historic St.David's Church has served the Presbyterian community
of two townships for nearly one hundred and forty years. Its architectural
style is described as "Victorian Gothic Carpenter" and it
is listed on the Shire's Heritage Register.
The adjoining Church Hall was completed in just over eight months, constructed
mostly by voluntary labour and officially opened on 1st March 1997.
The hall was named the "Athol Hawdon Memorial Hall" to commemorate
the life of Athol who was for over forty years the Session Clerk of
the Parish of Moruya/Narooma which includes the Tuross congregation.
(compiled by Helen Townend )
6 Description: Progress
Location: Lot 131, DP 15425, 1 Jutland Avenue
in 2013 - The Hall had local historic significance for its role in providing
an entertainment venue for local Tuross residents and tourists prior
to the advent of television and when access to the Moruya cinema was
difficult. It has local social significance for the part it has played
in the lives of Tuross residents and visitors for nearly fifty years.
It had local scientific significance for its potential to contribute
to an understanding of the form, scale and geographical focus of public
social life in Tuross from the mid 20th century.
7 Description: Eva Mylott
Location: DP 752137, Eva Mylott Park, Jutland Avenue
has local historic significance for representing the achievements of
a locally-born international opera singer Eva
Mylott and for its association with the early Tuross settler family
- the Mylotts.
It has high-level local social significance for the local family descendants
of the Mylott family and also for the residents of Tuross who followed
Eva's world-wide success with pride and identify this famous person
with the social history of the town.
of other old homes and buildings around Tuross