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Item details

Name of item: ANZ Bank
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 71 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW 2790
Local govt. area: Lithgow
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
71 Main StreetLithgowLithgow  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building is an architecturally interesting example of consistent gothic revival detailing applied to a 19th century commercial building. It is well designed for its corner site and contributes significantly to the streetscape. It is externally intact. This bank is widely recognised as having significant aesthetic appeal. Particularly grand and imposing it contributes greatly to the streetscape. Its church-like grandeur on the Main Street gives the building special landmark qualities, accentuated by its corner position. It demonstrates the wealth and optimism of banking institutions in the mid to late Victorian era.
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Designer/Maker: William Wardell (perhaps)
Construction years: 1888-
Physical description: Two storey rendered brick building in Gothic Revival character, lined to imitate ashlar with highlighted trims and string courses. Windows are lancet shaped and string courses have a small frieze decorated with lancet motifs. The Main Street façade is almost symmetrical, with a gabled parapet and central three light window. A single storey portion on the west side breaks this symmetry and has simpler detailing, suggesting that it may be a later addition. The Esbank Street side has a parapet with lancet shaped niches and piers. Chimneys are moulded. There is a chimney at the front corner of the building. Hipped corrugated roof. The main entrance is placed asymmetrically on the façade and has a lancet-headed fanlight. Simple render-work mouldings decorate the windows and doors.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Minor enclosures and additions at the rear. Ground floor interior has been modernised and made accessible while maintaining external design.


Historical notes: Built around 1888, this building was the original English, Scottish and Australian Bank (The E.S.& A).

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Local significance - early commercial development in Main Street.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local significance - well designed and comatibly extended.
Integrity/Intactness: Excellent exterior.
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:

As with any group listing what is important in heritage terms are the elements that the buildings have in common. These will usually include the scale of the building, the envelop shape, the materials, colours, and the front elevation detailing.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014I33719 Dec 14   

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1960834

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