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See also: Haberfield Fencing
  • Victorian style houses were characterised by iron palisade or acorn-headed timber picket fences, while
  • Federation style houses provided plainer flat-topped timber picket fences, or sometimes a combination of masonry and wrought iron

Australian Heritage Fence Styles:

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Federation Queen Anne style house with late Victorian style picket fence


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1850s
Gold rush economy
Colonial and Gothic
Simple pickets
1880s
Victorian land boom
Victorian Ornate
Pickets/rippleiron
1900s
Federation
Federation and Edwardian
Featured gates & caps
1910s
Edwardian era / Ist world war
Edwardian
Arts & crafts
1920s
Art Deco
Californian Bungalow
Woven wire
1930s
Great Depression
Garden City movement
Chain mesh
1940s
2nd world war the low brick fence
Late deco, double brick homes
The low brick fence
Table thanks to Dave English, Resurrection Gates and Fences
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From: http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/default/StrategicPlanningDocuments/Federation__Edwardian_Fencing_Guidelines.pdf

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Closed Federation Fence

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How to Install a Picket Fence By: Jefferson Kolle, This Old House magazine
Construction

In the most common construction, the pickets are mounted vertically on a pair of parallel stretchers (horizontal strips), one near the bottom and one near the top.
  • These strips are attached to posts (upright sturdy poles made of timber or possibly metal) that are driven into the ground.

  • The fence can be assembled from prefabricated sections, where the posts of each section are posted into the ground but

  • the pickets or boards that make up the fence wall are not inserted into the ground.

  • Federation style fences combine palings, lattice panels. and decorative finials.

  • The fence is usually built as either 2.4 or 2.7 feet high.

Edwardian and Federation Fence detailing

The following excellent examples are all from
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Heritage Fencing South Australia

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Picket Fence Components from Heritage Fencing



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Picket styles from Heritage Fencing S.A.