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Courthouse, Police Station and Police Residence (Former)

Item details

Name of item: Courthouse, Police Station and Police Residence (Former)
Other name/s: Old Courthouse & Police Residence Museum
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Primary address: 3 Museum Place, Batemans Bay, NSW 2536
Local govt. area: Eurobodalla
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Museum PlaceBatemans BayEurobodalla  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Although moved from its prominent location in the civic centre, the former Court House and Police Station retains its high-level local historic significance for its role in establishing police operations and the administration of justice in Batemans Bay. It is also of significance for the continuity of a single process for just over 100 years. The building has local aesthetic significance for having been designed by eminent Government Architect W L Vernon and for its characteristic domestic style, unusual for a building of its type and function in the local Batemans Bay area. Some of the aesthetic significance of the building has been reduced with the loss of its tall chimneys, a characteristic of the Queen Anne style. It is of local social significance for its local area identification with the provision of law and order in Batemans Bay from the late 19th century. Scientifically, it has local significance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of the changes in the administration of law and order and of the lifestyle of police officers form the late 19th to late 20th centuries.
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Designer/Maker: W L Vernon
Builder/Maker: Government Builder
Construction years: 1905-
Physical description: Federation Queen Anne. Timber framed with weatherboard walls. Vented gables to hipped roof. Timber verandah with vertical balustrade.
Further information: Moved to present Watergarden site Metal shed built in 1995, currently being restored after relocation in 1994. Chimneys removed. On new metal pipe piers. New roofing to verandah link. New timber balustrading.


Historical notes: The Court House and Police Complex was built on a former site in Orient Street in 1885. The complex was destroyed by fire in October 1903. A new complex was built on the same site in 1905. Government Architect W L Vernon designed the Court House and Police Station as a prominent feature in the Batemans Bay townscape and a key element of the civic centre. The Court House consists of a Court Room and adjoining Clerk of Petty Sessions office. Attached to the Court House is the three bedroom police residence. The building was in use as a police residence until 1986 and was moved to its current 'Watergarden' site in 1994. The Complex is now operated by the Batemans Bay Historical Society as a museum.

Assessment of significance

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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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Urban Local Environmental Plan 1999 10 May 02 No.852815
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012I920 Jul 12 No.783419
Heritage study BATE/R00101 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Eurobodalla Heritage Study1997BATE/R001The EJE GroupEJE No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1997Australian Heritage Commission Database Place Report

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1550002
File number: 88.0018.B & D

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