127 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy (Waratah Cottage)

This cottage is named ‘waratah’, which is the official floral emblem of the state of New South Wales. Waratah, comes from the Eora Aboriginal word ‘warada’ meaning ‘beautiful’ or ‘seen from afar’.

Google image – April 2021 of 127 and 129 Westgarth St


In the late 1830s the land of Fitzroy was subdivided into 12 sections. Section 85 which was mostly swamp, was the last to be subdivided. In 1876, a plan for the subdivision of the block bordered by Cecil St (N), Young St (W), Westgarth St (S) and Napier St (E) – which was land owned by J M Smith.

While the original plan had 7 dwellings on this site (lots 5-11), only 6 houses were built, each as a pair with only one party wall between the pair.

Section of the 1876 Plan of Subdivision of part of section 85 Parish of Jika Jika Fitzroy, 1876 – State Library

In 1897, This location was operated by McLaughlin Bros, Case, Cask and Bottle Merchant. (Mercury and Weekly Courier, Thu 4 Mar 1897)

Committee for Urban Action (between 1970-1974) – Identifier CUAFY6/7 – State Library

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