Dec 242012
 

Looking east from Mann St – Feb 2012

The Art Deco style building was constructed in 1938 for Creighton Funeral Directors.

The Creighton family have been associated with the Brisbane Water district as far back as 1844 and it is not unusual to see the name associated in construction or demolition work in those early days. And moved into the funeral business some time about the 1880s.

The building was designed by local architect F van Hemelryck Snr who at the time had premises in the School of Arts and built in 1835.

Creighton’s brothers rebuilt the top storey of the School of Arts opposite after it was burnt by fire. The firm’s records , transcribed on CD by CCFHS are an invaluable resource for local historians and family historians.

Creighton’s was est in Brisbane Water in 1844 by Robert Creighton, Poundkeeper from 1843-1857, was operating as a builder and wheelwright from 1847, and in 1847 unsuccessfully tendered to build the new Court and Watchouse.After Robert Snr’s death in 1872, the business was taken over by his son Robert and Grandson Richard and became Creighton’s Funeral Services which have operated in Gosford since but are no longer a family business. The commercial firm sold the building.

Creighton Building - Sketched by Gerry Speck

Creighton Building – Sketched by Gerry Speck – 7/2014

Local artist Gerry Speck provided the beautiful sketch of the Creighton building dated 7/2014

On the 3 Sept 2014 Gosford Council posted for comment a DA proposing to demolish and then rebuild the facade of this important historic building. Responses to council closed 24 Sept 2014.

There was an overwhelming support for the building to be  retained through many social media sites the outcome is yet to be released. The National Trust opposed the current development proposal as it “fails to conserve what is acknowledged in the associated reports as an important historical and architectural building in Gosford” – National trust development proposal objection (15-09-2014).
Support from The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) provided a letter of concern to the council dated 13 October 2014 as the members “….were very distressed that a rare and historically significant local building is at risk of demolition”. – The Royal Australian Historical Society (13-10-2014).

 

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  10 Responses to “Creighton’s – Mann Street Gosford”

  1. This is another heritage building which although listed locally by 4 heritage studies is under challenge from developer aspirations. The developer’s heritage architect thinks it is of minor importance. Why don’t web treasure our Art Deco buildings? The Suters study said of the building “a rare example of its style in the area, the Creighton’s Funeral Parlour has strong aesthetic and historical significance, the firm being in the Brisbane Water district for over 150 years …… A fine and rare surviving example of its style in the Gosford area. significant for its townscape and civic qualities . ” ( Gosford Heritage Study # 2 2001 page 57-58)

    The building was designed by local architect F van Hemelryck Snr who at the time had premisses in the School of Arts and built in 1835.

    Creighton’s brothers rebuilt the top storey of the School of Arts opposite after it was burnt by fire. The firm’s records , transcribed on CD by CCFHS are an invaluable resource for local historians and family historians.

    Creighton’s was est in Brisbane Water in 1844 by Robert Creighton, Poundkeeper from 1843-1857, was operating as a builder and wheelwright from 1847, and in 1847 unsuccessfully tendered to build the new Court and Watchouse.After Robert Snr’s death in 1872, the business was taken over by his son Robert and Grandson Richard and became Creighton’s Funeral Services which have operated in Gosford since but are no longer a family business. The commercial firm sold the building.

    • Hello Kay,
      I have just come across this site while I have been working on my family history. I realise your submissions closed a few weeks back and, to be honest, I doubt my information would have any value to a re-development protest. However, the said ‘architect’, Francis Van Hemelryck snr was my grandfather and so I have a personal interest. If I may have any information that would be of use/interest to you I would be very happy to pass it on.
      Sincerely
      Rhonda Goldie

      • Delighted to hear from you Rhonda and any information on Francis van Hemelryk , his career and family, that you are willing to share will be gratefully received. Will contact you separately.
        Regards, Kay

      • Can anyone tell me how to get in touch with a current member of the Creighton Family. I am the current tenant of the property. I have something important I wish to pass in to a family member.

  2. Cosford Council on 03 Sept 2014 posted for comment a DA proposing to demolish / facade this important historic building. Responses close 24 Sept! If you are interested in the retention of this heritageclisted building, pleasecsee below andlet GCC and all Councillors know your feelings:
    Just heard on the grapevine that THE CREIGHTON’S DA is currently on the table for demolition/DEVELOPMENT at Gosford City Council.
    SUBMISSIONS I am guessing are absolutely needed with this heritage listed item.
    WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE TO OPPOSE the demolition of this heritage building as possible.

    People only have until the 24 September to make a submission.
    Just checking to see if you are ALL aware.

    https://ecouncil.gosford.nsw.gov.au/eservice/advertisedDAs.do?function_id=521&orderBy=suburb&nodeNum=263

    37 Mann ST, 125 Georgiana TCE, 31 Mann ST, 29 Mann ST, 27 Mann ST, 27A Mann ST, 35 Mann ST, 33 Mann ST
    Description Mixed Use – Retail, Commercial, Restaurant, Residential Development
    Applicant Rola Property Group Pty Ltd
    Application number DA46209/2014
    Advertised from 03/09/2014 Expires 24/09/2014

    Just reiterating……..WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE TO OPPOSE the demolition of this heritage building as soon as possible.

  3. Thank you for this information – please keep us informed! https://www.facebook.com/nswheritage

  4. Great news re access to Architect’s story & family connections.Great research Kay. Fingers crossed that our local heritage will be respected & preserved.

    • Thanks Sandra. We are getting a positive response from new Council Director and Officers. The job ahead is to make our elected representatives aware of why heritage and protection of our unique past is important to our future. Gosford Council’s past record has not been good in this regard. We need to let Councillors know the community values its heritage and expects it to be protected, and wants to learn more about our unique history.

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