Nutcote Conservation Management Plan

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Submissions close 31 January 2023

Nutcote at No.5 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay was the home of artist and author May Gibbs from 1925 until her death in 1969. Council bought the property to save it for posterity in 1990. The property is owned by Council but operated and managed by the Nutcote Trust in accordance with a Joint Strategic Plan and a Conservation Management Plan (CMP)

A new CMP has been prepared by external heritage consultants, this replaces the previous CMP prepared in 2008. It confirms that the house and garden are a place of ‘exceptional significance’ as the workplace and home of May Gibbs. It is significant also as an example of the architectural design of BJ Waterhouse, reflecting the blend of English and Mediterranean elements that he was then embracing.

While Nutcote is a State-heritage listed property, with that status carrying the highest responsibility for care, the CMP acknowledges that not all of the recommendations or policies are achievable due to resourcing constraints. The CMP, therefore, is a guide, not a legally binding document. However, Council will only depart from its recommendations or policies after well-considered reasoning.

The new CMP recommends a modified colour scheme and paint finish, and the ‘nomination’ of a heritage advisor to monitor and oversee maintenance and train Council and Nutcote staff and volunteers on day-to-day care of the property.

There are no colour photographs of the building's original scheme. A textual description from 1926 refers to ‘yellow-washed' walls and blue shutters (Australian Home Beautiful, 12 March 1926). The terms ‘yellow’ and ‘blue’ are not at all specific. The 2008 CMP review allowed for the use of acrylic paint as a concession to the cost and difficulty of applying limewash finishes. The new CMP suggests a more muted cream colour be applied in a stonewash finish, which closely approximates limewash and a blue-grey for the shutters.

Have Your Say

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

  • Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au
  • Mail - North Sydney Council, PO Box 12, NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For more information contact Council's Historian, Ian Hoskins on 9936 8100.

Submissions close 31 January 2023

Nutcote at No.5 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay was the home of artist and author May Gibbs from 1925 until her death in 1969. Council bought the property to save it for posterity in 1990. The property is owned by Council but operated and managed by the Nutcote Trust in accordance with a Joint Strategic Plan and a Conservation Management Plan (CMP)

A new CMP has been prepared by external heritage consultants, this replaces the previous CMP prepared in 2008. It confirms that the house and garden are a place of ‘exceptional significance’ as the workplace and home of May Gibbs. It is significant also as an example of the architectural design of BJ Waterhouse, reflecting the blend of English and Mediterranean elements that he was then embracing.

While Nutcote is a State-heritage listed property, with that status carrying the highest responsibility for care, the CMP acknowledges that not all of the recommendations or policies are achievable due to resourcing constraints. The CMP, therefore, is a guide, not a legally binding document. However, Council will only depart from its recommendations or policies after well-considered reasoning.

The new CMP recommends a modified colour scheme and paint finish, and the ‘nomination’ of a heritage advisor to monitor and oversee maintenance and train Council and Nutcote staff and volunteers on day-to-day care of the property.

There are no colour photographs of the building's original scheme. A textual description from 1926 refers to ‘yellow-washed' walls and blue shutters (Australian Home Beautiful, 12 March 1926). The terms ‘yellow’ and ‘blue’ are not at all specific. The 2008 CMP review allowed for the use of acrylic paint as a concession to the cost and difficulty of applying limewash finishes. The new CMP suggests a more muted cream colour be applied in a stonewash finish, which closely approximates limewash and a blue-grey for the shutters.

Have Your Say

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

  • Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au
  • Mail - North Sydney Council, PO Box 12, NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For more information contact Council's Historian, Ian Hoskins on 9936 8100.

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