Type T Houses Precinct

The Type T Houses Precinct is a heritage-listed residential area at William Keeling Crescent and Qantas Close, West Island Settlement, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia. It was added to the Australian Commonwealth Heritage List on 22 June 2004.[1]

Type T Houses Precinct
Type T Houses Precinct is located in Earth
Type T Houses Precinct
Location of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean
General information
StatusCompleted
TypeHouses for government employees
LocationWilliam Keeling Crescent, West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
CountryAustralia
Coordinates12°11′28″S 96°49′52″E / 12.1912°S 96.8310°E / -12.1912; 96.8310Coordinates: 12°11′28″S 96°49′52″E / 12.1912°S 96.8310°E / -12.1912; 96.8310
Completedc. 1950 (1950)s
Renovated1979 (1979)
ClientAustralian Government
Technical details
MaterialCement asbestos
Official nameType T Houses Precinct
TypeListed place (Historic)
Designated22 June 2004
Reference no.105408

HistoryEdit

The "Type T" 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. Structural upgrades were completed in 1979.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The houses are located generally on the western side of the West Island residential area. Twenty houses were originally built and all still remain.[1]

The elevated asbestos cement clad houses have a plan form and design suited to local climatic conditions. The houses have three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living room and a front porch. The design of the houses is in the shape of a "T" - hence giving the name of Type T Houses.[1]

In 2000 the houses were assessed as being in good condition. They were undergoing new paint to the exterior - a change from the asbestos cement sheeting.[1]

Heritage listingEdit

The Type "T" Houses Precinct is significant for its 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 Type "T" Houses Precinct is significant as an example of Australian Government housing on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands with a plan form and design suited to local climatic conditions. The houses are important as the predominant early housing type provided for Australian personnel.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Type T Houses Precinct (Place ID 105408)". 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 T Houses Precinct, entry number 105408 in the Australian Heritage Database published by the Commonwealth of Australia 2019 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 15 May 2019.