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Court House

Item details

Name of item: Court House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Primary address: 100 Campbell Street, Narooma, NSW 2546
Local govt. area: Eurobodalla
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
100 Campbell StreetNaroomaEurobodalla  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Historically the buildings have high-level local significance in the provision of the centre of law and order in the town for nearly three quarters of a century. The grouping is of unusual design locally, exhibiting excellence of craftmanship and detailing. As such it has high-level local aesthetic significance. The building group is identified with the administration of law and order in Narooma for the better part of the 20th century and is thus held in high esteem by the community. For this reason they have high-level local social significance. The buildings have the potential to reveal information about the design of such buildings for rural South Coast towns in the early 20th century and about local craft skills of the period. As such they have local scientific significance.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: E Millican, Bermagui
Construction years: 1934-
Physical description: Inter-War Neo-Georgian. Hardwood frame, weatherboard walls, corrugated galvanised iron roofing. Panelled timber doors, timber multi-paned windows. Brick foundation walling. Concrete stairs and landings.
Further information: New roofing and ridge capping. New concrete paths, painting.


Historical notes: Built in 1934, these were at least the second court house and police station. Earlier ones were located across the road and were demolished for home units some years ago. Ernie Millican of Bermagui was the building contractor on the current courthouse. He was later a boatbuilder at Bermagui. The foreman was "Big Bert" (name unknown) who was a joiner and cabinet maker. Local hardwood was used for the frame of the Court House with American redwood weatherboards which were four inch checked and nose boards. Local builder Bernie Martin said the roof was originally corrugated fibro. Interior fittings, window frames and windows were made by Big Bert on site; he even made desks. The police station was in the small office at the entrance to Wagonga Inlet. Therefore the police were the first to know if there was a problem at the bar. They would ring the switchboard who would then sound the alarm. The current police residence next door was erected at the same time by Millican as part of the contract, as was the jailhouse. Ernie Millican also built several houses in Moruya, "Myall" in Pilot Street for SP bookmaker Bill Henderson from Melbourne, a house for Jack Bettinin (c1938) on the corner of Forsters Road and Bettinin Lane, 151 Princes Highway for the daughter of the local dentist Mr Ernjey after Jack Bettini's (now Neville Gough's house). Bertie Martin did repairs to the residence and court house at the same time, including replacing the ridge capping.

Assessment of significance

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[Historical significance]
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.852821
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012I18620 Jul 12 No.783419
Heritage study NARO/R00201 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Eurobodalla Heritage Study1997NARO/R002The EJE GroupEJE No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral HistoryB Martin, Narooma.  
WrittenW A Bayley. "Behind Broulee"

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1550170
File number: 81.1139.B & D

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