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Lidcombe Post Office

Item details

Name of item: Lidcombe Post Office
Other name/s: Rookwood Post Office
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Post Office
Primary address: 1A Taylor Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141
Parish: Liberty Plains
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Auburn
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1A Taylor StreetLidcombeAuburnLiberty PlainsCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Lidcombe Post Office has local historic and social significance as one of the municipality's early, purpose built post offices. Located in Lidcombe's main commercial centre, it provides evidence of the notable growth of population and associated development of civic infrastructure which occured in the area during the Federation / Inter War period.

The building also has local aesthetic significance as a reasonably intact example of a Federation Free Style building and is a notable landmark in a commercial centre where much of the early historic building stock has been modified.
Date significance updated: 07 Dec 10
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Description

Construction years: 1901-1925
Physical description: External Materials: Face brick, Sandstone, TerraCotta Roof Tiling, Terrazo Paving, Timber Detailing.
Internal Materials: Unseen.
Styles: Federation Free Style.
'A single storey rectangular building with half gabled terra cotta tile roof and exposed rafters, on the corner of Joseph and Taylor Streets. The building however, addresses the 'T' intersection of Bridge and Joseph Streets. The southern end of the western facade on Joseph Street has twin parapetted gables seperated by the original entry (now post box porch). The gables are of brick with sandstone capping, string course and bracketed weather bar over the air vents. Three six paned double hung timber windows, seperated by a pier of brickwork, are centred in each gable. A sandstone lintel is over the windows, and a sandstone sill extends the width of the gable fronts. The original entry has two sandstone Tuscan columns supporting a sandstone lintel with rondels, and cornice. The porch has the original grey tarazzo, with red banding floor, with yellow tarazzo steps. The entry to the postal chamber has been moved to the northern end of the west facade. An unsympathetic addition of a porch in brick and timber has been built c. 1945, with timber and wire glass double entry doors to a new postal chamber (the original telegraph exchange). The southern facade has two pairs of six pane double hung timber either side of the chimney. The chimney stack is of plain brickwork with a sandstone capping and a small terra cotta pot.'
(Register of National Estate: Place Report).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Building is in good condition.
Date condition updated:10 Feb 11
Modifications and dates: Some cracking of terrazo paving.Terracotta tiles is possibly new.The previously unglazed tiles were replaced with glazed tiles.
Current use: Post Office
Former use: Telegraph Office and Railway Platform Operations.

History

Historical notes: A post office was established at Hasslems Creek in 1868 at the railway platform. This had been initiated as a result of a public meeting at Phillip Kiefer's Inn at the 11th milestone in 1859.

A telegraph office opened in 1879 at Rookwood, combining operations with those at the railway platform.

Rookwood Post Office had operated from the Town Hall in Church Street for some years before being moved to its present building in Joseph Street in 1920.
In the late 1980's a severe hail storm damaged the roof fabric. The previously unglazed tiles were replaced with glazed tiles.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Lidcombe Post Office has local historic and social significance as one of the municipality's early, purpose built post offices. Located in Lidcombe's main commercial centre, it provides evidence of the notable growth of population and associated development of civic infrastructure which occured in the area during the Federation / Inter War period.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building also has local aesthetic significance as a reasonably intact example of a Federation Free Style building and is a notable landmark in a commercial centre where much of the early historic building stock has been modified.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Lidcombe Post Office has local historic and social significance as one of the municipality's early, purpose built post offices.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
A post office was established at Hasslems Creek in 1868 at the railway platform. This had been initiated as a result of a public meeting at Phillip Kiefer's Inn at the 11th milestone in 1859. A telegraph office opened in 1879 at Rookwood, combining operations with those at the railway platform.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is reasonably intact example of a Federation Free Style building. The previously unglazed tiles were replaced with glazed tiles.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

Conserve the building by on-going use or appropriate re-use. This building is important. A Conservation Plan should be prepared to guide any future alternations or upgrading.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAuburn Local Environmental Plan 2010I3429 Oct 10 14111412
Heritage studySchwager Brooks and Partners9-2-4-101   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Auburn Heritage Study19969-2-4-101Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty LtdSchwager Brooks No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1992Liberty Plains: A History of Auburn N.S.W. Centenary Edition.
WrittenT. Kass1995Draft Historical Context Report: Auburn Heritage Study

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1030031


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