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Government Savings Bank (Former)

Item details

Name of item: Government Savings Bank (Former)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 30 Woodlark Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
Local govt. area: Lismore
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
30 Woodlark StreetLismoreLismore  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

One of the few surviving commercial examples of the work of distinguished local architect, FJ Board. An unusual design, specially notable for its strong vertical emphasis and interesting detail. Has suffered some unsympathetic alteration but most of this appears cosmetic. Short-lived use for its original intended purpose of banking, illustrative of the historic unpredicability of financial markets. High local significance.
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Designer/Maker: FJ Board
Builder/Maker: Richard Hughes
Construction years: 1911-1911
Physical description: Two storey brick commercial building. Face brick facade of unusual castle-like design. Strong vertical emphasis with high parapet. Parapet topped by decorative curved overhangs, with brackets. Central casement windows with high narrow window on each side. Moulded detailing above. Central window has a segmental curved head and bracketed hood. Ground floor features three arched openings symmetrically arranged. Elliptical arch to wider central opening. Now with awning in matching form.
Modifications and dates: Originally featured stone (or rendered ashlar) to ground floor, top of parapet, and first floor banding. All masonry work now unsympathetically painted. Also spoiled by signage. Unsympathetic curved awning mimics shape of arched heads to original ground floor openings. No awning at all on old photos. Below awing facade altered, though form of original openings retained. Appears capable of reconstruction.


Historical notes: Built originally as Savings Bank of NSW in 1911. The new branch opened in 1913, relocating from premises in Magellan Street. Closed again one year later following the merger with the Government Savings Bank (later the Commonwealth Savings Bank, 1931). Built by Mr Richard Hughes at a cost of $3,408. Now in commercial use.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as historically representative locally.
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 PlanLismore Local Environmental Plan 2012I6922 Feb 13   
Local Environmental Plan  08 Jun 01   
Heritage study  01 Oct 95   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Lismore Heritage Study199420103Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdVM No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGray P0"The Work of Frederick Johnson Board", University of Queensland, unpublished thesis, 1991 (pp 16,122-123)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1950139

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