Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number



28 Irvine St Peppermint Grove

Location Details

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1900

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 24 Jul 2018

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Statement of Significance

This single storey limestone, iron and timber pavilion cottage, in a transitional Victorian Tudor cum Federation Bungalow style, has cultural significance because: it has historical associations with senior public servants Charles Gale and John Moore Dickson, and with Olga Dickson the initiator of Kindergarten of the Air; it is an attractive and elegant pavilion design which makes a skilful transition between the Victorian Regency and Federation Bungalow styles; it is rare in style and provenance; it is part of a cultural group and a townscape area.

Physical Description

The place is an attractive and refined residence designed as two pavilions linked with a wide cranked verandah.


Numbers 28, 30 and 32 Irvine Street were all built in the first decade of the twentieth century and as such form a group. Between 1910 and 1920 the house was occupied by Charles Gale, a civil servant who in 1899 was appointed Chief Inspector of Fisheries and Aborigines. Owned and occupied from c.1920 to c.1955 by John Moore Dickson, Civil Servant, after which for at least two decades the house was occupied by his daughter, Olga Dickson, who initiated Kindergarten of the Air. Considerable historical significance. The place is a clever transition between two styles, which has been skillfully done with restraint, elegance and fine proportioning. The original place has a medium to high level of integrity. The substantial additions are intrusive, as these disguise the pavilion structure and rooflines of the original. The place is part of a cultural group. The place is part of the townscape area at the western end of Irvine Street.


Large additions to rear


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
R Pascoe Western Australia's Capital Suburb, Peppermint Grove
L Molyneux Looking Around Perth

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
64 Municipal Inventory

Other Keywords

The place is rare because of its provenance and skilful
transitional style.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Creation Date

04 May 2002

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Last Update

18 Feb 2021


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