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Duplex, 139 South Terrace [right] was built c. 1900 for John Bateman, a local merchant and land developer. The duplex was built at the same time as its pair, 141 South Terrace.
A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated c. 1910 shows a pair of long, narrow brick cottages at 139 and 141 South Terrace, with full length front verandahs, short rear verandahs and various attached rooms at the rear.
The duplex pair were rental properties for many years. Fred Instone owned them in the early 1930s, and Peter Samios was the owner from c. 1945 until at least 1981.
This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - RED - significant for contributing to the unique character of Fremantle.
The RED sticker indicates that this 1978 photo was taken for the Fremantle Society inventory.
139-141 South Terrace is a single storey, limestone, brick and iron duplex pair with a symmetrical facade built c1900 and designed as an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture. The walls are limestone with brick quoins. The roof is hipped and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof. The front doors with fanlights are adjacent to each other and both have modern security screens. There is a timber and wire fence to the front boundary line together with proliferate foliage making further description difficult.
Statement of Significance
Duplex, 139-141 South Terrace, is a typical limestone, brick and iron single storey duplex pair dating from c1900. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical workers' houses in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture.
Mandurah Road, now South Terrace, 1905. On the right is the terrace at 131-135. Duplex 139-141 may be in the photo a few chimneys further on.
The same road in 2020: the building with the grey roof and white chimneys is 131-135.
High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).
Heritage Council page for this building (from which the text above comes).
Garry Gillard | New: 1 May, 2020 | Now: 1 May, 2020