Heritage Council assessment
Both cottages are both standard Type 8 with detached washhouses and timber framed and clad garages. Both cottages are generally intact, although with some minor modifications including the enclosure of the rear verandah.
The cottages are timber framed, with weatherboard cladding and corrugated iron gabled roofs. The roofs extend over the front and rear verandahs, and the footprint of the cottages is contained within a simple rectangle. The gable ends are finished with weatherboards and the eaves are battened. Each cottage has a single brick chimney, simply detailed with a soldier course at the top.
The verandahs have timber floors and are supported by simple square posts with timber handrails. The gable ends are tongued and grooved panelling.
Paired casement windows (variously with two or three horizontal glazing bars) are used for all of the main rooms. Most of the windows have narrow, flat metal weather shields over, but Building 624 also has framed awnings over the north windows.
In plan the cottages include a living room (with open fire), two bedrooms, kitchen (with wood stove), and bathrooms off the rear verandahs. There are bedroom additions to the rear verandahs. Internally the cottages are lined with plasterboard to walls with timber battens to the top of the dado and to the vertical panel joints. The main rooms have stained Jarrah dados and the living rooms have picture rails (variously continuous or broken). Plasterboard ceilings have simple moulded or coved cornices and are divided into long narrow panels by timber battens. Floors were 75mm jarrah T&G boards. Internal doors are flush panel, stained to match the dado and architraves.
The living room fireplaces are face-brick with a semi-circular arch and simple timber mantle. The kitchen fireplace has a higher segmental arch, also with a simple timber mantle over.
The external detail of Building 624 has been modified by the addition of a second window to the living room (on the southern side). Internally, some of the ceilings appear to have been replaced, the doors have been replaced, the plaster has been removed from the living room fireplace and a new mantle installed above. Kitchen and bathroom fittings have been upgraded over time (although the wood stove has been retained in the kitchen).
The external detail of Building 625 is largely intact. Internally, some of the ceilings appear to have been replaced and the plaster has been removed from the living room fireplace. Kitchen and bathroom fittings have been upgraded over time.