According to the Trust, the Pheasant Point Heritage Precinct at Minnamurra, Devonshire and Fitzroy streets has historic significance as its houses and their streetscapes provide important physical evidence of Kiama’s 19th century history, particularly the Basalt Boom. They are the only complete collection of quarry workers’ houses where there has been no demolition or unsympathetic infill.
The precinct is part of the original lease of farming land to William Gard, and its subdivision in the 1870s. The picture above shows 12 Fitzroy St, which differs from the timber workers’ cottages as it is an amalgam of the original Gard buildings (including the remains of the Figtree Inn in its grounds).
The Kiama Historical Society is based at the Pilot’s Cottage at Blowhole Point, and is keen to welcome new members.