This property is now part of the University of Sydney – Newtown Campus, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. The local context of this site is totally separated from the main University campus.
The Camphor Laurel at the rear of the property is an outstanding specimen (canopy spread of 30 metres) and would be one of the larger examples of this species in the City of Sydney LGA.
Although continuing the evergreen, broadleaf theme these vigorous colonising trees are now often considered to be an exotic weed species. Further voluntary colonisation by this group should be controlled. (For further University of Sydney listings, refer to Precincts 16 and 17 (main campus) in this section of the Register).
This collection of exotic Camphor Laurels (Cinnamomum camphora) is considered to have local group significance with notably one specimen of individual significance in terms of aesthetic and historic values. This is an unusual collection in its singular species composition.
The front row of five Camphor Laurels makes a dramatic impact on the visual and aesthetic quality of this local streetscape. All of the trees would pre-date the existing development on the site and were likely planted during the early twentieth century rather than being self-sown. Review of 1943 aerial photos reveal these trees as semi-mature specimens, probably dating from 1910-1920, based on their size at that time.