NSW landmarks added to State Heritage Register

Heritage Minister Mark Speakman today marked Heritage Week by listing the Australian Catholic University’s Mount Saint Mary Campus on the State Heritage Register.

Mount Royal Building, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield Campus

“The listing preserves this special place for its remarkable architecture and its exceptional social and cultural significance as a historic site for education,” Mr Speakman said.

The Victorian Italianate Edmund Rice Building, the Gothic Chapel, the Interwar Romanesque Barron Memorial Chapel, the Mullens Building, the St Edmunds Building, the Creative Arts building and arcades in the Main Central Courtyard, which date back to 1931, are protected under the listing.

“Developed by the Christian Brothers, this site reflects their principles and approach to education and spiritual life – you can read the campus like a book, it’s a truly special place where the building and landscape together create an inspirational environment.”

Mr Speakman also announced six regional NSW state heritage listings:

  • Stroud House – a convict built house built by the Australian Agricultural Company in the Port Stephens area.
  • The Avoca Homestead Complex – a pastoral building complex that is remarkably intact, dating from the 1870s.
  • Wingham Memorial Town Hall – a unique twentieth century civic building on the mid North Coast.
  • Urana Soldiers’ Memorial Hall – a grand regional building to commemorate citizens who enlisted in World War I, located in south-western NSW.
  • 12 Pounder Rifled Breech Loading Gun – designed in 1854, it is the only gun of its type in NSW and a rare piece of historic artillery that is now on display at Deniliquin RSL Club.
  • Old Cobram-Barooga Bridge – a rare example of a vertical lift-span that traverses the NSW and Victorian border.

“I want our extraordinary regional heritage to get the attention it deserves. The stories of these places speak to the economic, social, and technological history of regional NSW – about agriculture, the wool industry, the impact of wars, and the growth of technology and settlements,” Mr Speakman said.