In identifying buildings of significance, considerable attention has been given to the works of individual architects; but much of the character of the
suburbs has always been the work of builders constructing houses on spec or to order. In Annandale, a later 19th Century inner-west suburb of
Sydney, there is a variety of dwelling types and facades ‘scattered’ throughout the suburb, and clearly the work of individual builders. The
Newcastle suburb of Hamilton South-East, is similar. Techniques for investigating the work of builders and their contribution to suburban character
is discussed, using detail plans and other sewerage records. Suggestions about analysis, conservation and promotion are made, including
reference to the contribution of owners, through barbecues and other works.