Cleir Hills 1) Drop-Slab Barn, 2) Weatherboard House And 3) Mature Exotic Planting, Including A Pencil Pine And 4) A Line Of Five Yellow Box, 1394 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd

Address

1394 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd
St Andrews
Nillumbik Shire, VIC, 3761

Construction Period

1900 - None

Significance

REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010

What is significant?
The late 19th century/early 20th century drop-slab barn, and the surrounding site to a radius of 50 metres

How is it significant?
The late 19th century/early 20th century drop-slab barn is historically and technically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.

Why is it significant?
The drop-slab barn is historically significant because it is associated with the pioneering orchardist and nurseryman William Gray of Allwood (HO61) (Criterion H). It serves as a reminder of the importance of farming to the area's past and is a rare surviving example of a timber slab farm building in a Metropolitan context; only four drop-slab buildings of any age now survive in the Shire - see also HO 64 and HO 107 (Criteria A & B). The barn is historically and technically significant as an excellent demonstration of the kinds of building that would have been erected by the Shire's early settlers (Criteria A & D).

BICK STUDY, 1992
The Clier Hills slab barn is a rare survivor of this vernacular type of construction, in both the municipality of Eltham and this part of Melbourne, and is an excellent illustration of the sort of buildings that would have been erected by the Shire's early settlers. Farm outbuildings from the 19th and 20th century are rare anywhere in the municipality. Clier Hills also has historic associations with leading orchardist and nurseryman William Gray of Allwood in Hurstbridge (q.v.). The house illustrates the most common nineteenth century and 1900s house type in the Shire and is enhanced by the surviving garden and orchard planting, particularly the Pencil Pine tree and the Box hedge plants. The use of Yellow Box planting around the lawn area so close to the house is an unusual use of indigenious trees for its time.

BASIS OF SIGNIFICANCE:
ILLUSTRATION OF THE THEMES

HISTORY

ARCHITECTURE - CONSTRUCTION

STREETSCAPE

EXTENT OF SIGNIFICANCE: ALL OF BOTH BUILDINGS, IN-GROUND TANK, MATURE EXOTIC PLANTING AND SITES TO A RADIUS OF 50 METRES

DEGREE OF SIGNIFICANCE: LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE

URL

http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/heritagevic#detail_places;63242

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