Wyndham History

Wyndham Community & Education Centre,
(former Miss Davis House),
2 Synnot Street,
Werribee

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Wyndham Community & Education Centre,
(former Miss Davis House),
2 Synnot Street,
Werribee

Description

Gable-roofed single fronted cottage with scalloped bargeboard and finial.

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Date

1997

Publisher

Context Pty Ltd

Source

City of Wyndham Heritage Study 1997

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text

Language

eng

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Gable-roofed, single fronted cottage with scalloped bargeboard and finial.  The cottage has a hipped convex verandah across the front.  Two side windows are sheltered by press metal window hoods (similar to those on the former Davis House in Watton Street).  Two tall brick and render chimneys, their tulip shape suggesting a 1910-20 date of construction.  Remnants of a timber picket fence remain within the hedge.

This cottage and the Davis house and shop in Watton Street were once part of the same property and the visual connection between the three elements is important.

The cottage now leased as the Wyndham Community and Education Centre was reputedly one of three houses on the Davis family’s Cowies Hill property in Tarneit.  Part of a second cottage once formed a section of the Davis residence in 11 Watton Street.

The cottage in the Synnot Street Extension is located in Allotment 5 of Block 22 in the Werribee township.  There were a number of earlier buildings on this allotment including a shop and dwelling owned from the late 1890s by the Beamish family and occupied by John McKeown, baker.  By 1910-11, Mrs Anastasia Beamish was the owner of the shop and dwelling on Allotment 5 valued at £40 and occupied still by McKeown.

In 1921-22, according to Shire rate records, a new house was recorded on Allotment 5, owned and occupied by Mrs Mary Davis.  The earlier buildings on the site, the shop and dwelling, were rated now to Mrs Jane McKeown.  The McKeown house ceased to be rated by 1925, when presumably it was removed from the site.  In that year the valuation of Mary Davis’ house increased to £40. 

Citation

Wyndham City Libraries, “Wyndham Community & Education Centre,
(former Miss Davis House),
2 Synnot Street,
Werribee,” Wyndham History, accessed November 30, 2022, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/1062.

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