Type 2 Residences, West Island

The Type 2 Residences are six heritage-listed houses at Air Force Road, West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia. It was added to the Australian Commonwealth Heritage List on 22 June 2004.[1]

Type 2 Residences
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Type 2 Residences, West Island
Location of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean
General information
StatusCompleted
TypeHouses for government employees
LocationAir Force Road, West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
CountryAustralia
Coordinates12°11′34″S 96°49′58″E / 12.1928°S 96.8327°E / -12.1928; 96.8327Coordinates: 12°11′34″S 96°49′58″E / 12.1928°S 96.8327°E / -12.1928; 96.8327
Completedc. 1950 (1950)s
ClientAustralian Government
Technical details
MaterialCement asbestos
Official nameType 2 Residences
TypeListed place (Historic)
Designated22 June 2004
Reference no.105357

HistoryEdit

The "Type 2" houses were built during the 1950s as part of the establishment of housing for Australian Government employees administering the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The houses were built as part of the West Island housing settlement. Originally eight were built; now only six remain.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The "Type 2" residences are located on the eastern side of the West Island Residential Area facing the airstrip. The elevated asbestos cement clad houses have a plan form and design suited to local climatic conditions.[1]

Several variations of the houses have been achieved by lengthening the base plan and most have distinctive raking on the end walls. The houses mainly have three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living room with a large hall leading onto the front porch. There is a separate laundry out the back of the house.[1]

The Type 2 Residences are located on Lots 128, 191, 121 122,127 and 129 Air Force Road, West Island Settlement.[1]

In 2000 the residences were assessed as being in good condition. Some have had alterations and small ancillary buildings such as carports, two storage sheds and other additions have been added.[1]

Heritage listingEdit

The Type 2 Residences on West Island are significant for their association with the establishment of housing for Australian Government employees administering the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The presence of the Australian Government assisted the self determination of the Cocos Malay people. The houses are significant in the development of the West Island settlement which grew after Government House was located on West Island in 1953.[1]

The elevated houses are significant as examples of Australian Government housing on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands with a plan form and design suited to local climatic conditions.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Type 2 Residences (Place ID 105357)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

BibliographyEdit

  • Allom Lovell Marquis-Kyle Architects Pty Ltd (1996). Cocos (Keeling) Islands Heritage Study. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
  • Allom Lovell Marquis-Kyle Architects Pty Ltd (1994). Lot 14 Home Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
  • Bunce, P. (1988). The Cocos (Keeling Islands) Australian Atolls in the Indian Ocean.
  • Nairn, B. (1986). Searle, G. (ed.). no title (1891-1939). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press.

AttributionEdit

  This Wikipedia article was originally based on Type 2 Residences, entry number 105357 in the Australian Heritage Database published by the Commonwealth of Australia 2019 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 15 May 2019.