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Bh070 : Paul Harris Lookout

Item details

Name of item: Bh070 : Paul Harris Lookout
Primary address: 16-28 Staveley Parade, Blackheath, NSW 2785
Parish: Kanimbla
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
16-28 Staveley ParadeBlackheathBlue Mountains KanimblaCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Criterion (a) Historical and (d) Community
Rotary Clubs have had a great deal of influence worldwide since Paul Harris founded the first such service organisation in Chicago in 1905. The service work done by men in Blackheath, who formed the second Rotary Club in the Blue Mountains in 1944, has local significance. So has the contribution of Bill Tucker to the community through Rotary and the Horticultural Society. The public-spirit and service-orientation of both Harris and Tucker are commemorated in the Paul Harris Lookout at a local level.

Criterion (c) Aesthetic
The lookout does not have aesthetic heritage attributes either in its construction or in the quality of its view down Pulpit Hill Creek into Megalong Valley.
Date significance updated: 18 Oct 04
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Description

Construction years: 1954-1954
Physical description: The Paul Harris Lookout is marked by a concrete and steel structure providing shelter to visitors taking in views over Blackheath Glen and Shipley Plateau. The structure has a concrete floor cantilevered from a splayed concrete blade wall. The north wall of the structure is concrete, partly concealing the view beyond. The east, south and west sides of the structure have balustrades of pipe rail infilled with metal panels. The roof is flat with a minimal pitch and is supported by a trussed frame. The lookout is approached by a concrete ramp with pipe handrails.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:18 Oct 04
Current use: Lookout
Former use: Lookout

History

Historical notes: This lookout was erected in 1954 as a memorial to Paul Harris (1868-1947), the American founder of what became Rotary International. Harris started a Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905 to foster an ideal of service, in the context of businessmen and professional men. By 1912 the organisation had spread to Britain and renamed itself the International Association of Rotary Clubs, changing again ten years later to Rotary International. (New Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed., X 199, 654-5; Crystal, Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia, p 426)

The first Rotary Club in Australia was formed in 1921. Within half a century it had grown to some 800 clubs in Australia out of 17,350 clubs worldwide in over 150 countries. (Australian Encyclopaedia, 3rd ed., V 244)

The first Rotary Club in the Blue Mountains was formed at Katoomba in 1937. Blackheath was the second, founded in 1944. Among the 21 original ‘charter’ members was William Tucker, always known as Bill. In that year, 1944, Tucker was elected to the Blackheath Municipal Council and served there until the Council was amalgamated into the Blue Mountains City Council in 1947. Tucker’s own career was as a rent-collector, but he had been prominent in the Blackheath Horticultural Society from its beginnings in the 1920s, was frequently Vice-President and after 1946 the supervisor of the annual Horticultural Show. He was also one of the Rotarians who in 1950 sponsored the widespread planting of rhododendrons in Blackheath. (Historic Blackheath, 117, 196, 198, 218-222)

The death of Bill Tucker in 1954 was lamented by both the Horticultural Society and the Rotary Club. Tucker’s death coincided with the celebration of the jubilee of Rotary International: Rotary years are not calendar years, so the jubilee year was 1954-5. Well aware of this, Tucker had included in his will a bequest to pay for the erection of a suitable monument. Rotary elected to put up a lookout near the end of Staveley Parade and to dedicate it, not to Tucker, but to Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, who had died seven years earlier. (Historic Blackheath, 201; plaque on lookout)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Welfare-Activities and process associated with the provision of social services by the state or philanthropic organisations (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Rotary Clubs have had a great deal of influence worldwide since Paul Harris founded the first such service organisation in Chicago in 1905. The service work done by men in Blackheath, who formed the second Rotary Club in the Blue Mountains in 1944, has local significance. So has the contribution of Bill Tucker to the community through Rotary and the Horticultural Society. The public-spirit and service-orientation of both Harris and Tucker are commemorated in the Paul Harris Lookout at a local level.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The lookout does not have aesthetic heritage attributes either in its construction or in the quality of its view down Pulpit Hill Creek into Megalong Valley.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Rotary Clubs have had a great deal of influence worldwide since Paul Harris founded the first such service organisation in Chicago in 1905. The service work done by men in Blackheath, who formed the second Rotary Club in the Blue Mountains in 1944, has local significance. So has the contribution of Bill Tucker to the community through Rotary and the Horticultural Society. The public-spirit and service-orientation of both Harris and Tucker are commemorated in the Paul Harris Lookout at a local level.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP1991BH07027 Dec 91 183 
Heritage study BH070   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blue Mountains Heritage Study1983BH070Croft & Associates Pty Ltd & Meredith Walker  Yes
Heritage Study Review, Blue Mountains1992BH070Tropman and Tropman  Yes
Blue Mountains Heritage Review2003BH070Jack, Hubert, Lavelle, MorrisIJ, PH, CM Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008BH070Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1989New Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15 edn
Written 1977Australian Encyclopaedia, 3rd edition
WrittenDavid Crystal1994Cambridge Biographical Encylopedia
WrittenRotary Club of Blackheath1976Historic Blackheath

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1170658


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