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Item details

Name of item: Public Library & Museum
Other name/s: Courthouse (Former)
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 125 Swan Street, Morpeth, NSW 2321
Parish: Alnwick
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Maitland
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
125 Swan StreetMorpethMaitlandAlnwickNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Historic: Symbol of town's former importance with its own courthouse prominent in main street. Association with the work of James Barnet, Colonial Architect 1860-1890. Social: Law and order functions still recorded in building fabric - social value and associative significance in presentation of building for civic uses. Aesthetic: Illustrates Barnet's conservationism and skill in employment of Classical styles to public buildings. A landmark building in view from bridge approach and as part of group of public and commercial buildings creating townscape of Swan Street.
Date significance updated: 26 Jun 98
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Description

Designer/Maker: James Barnet
Construction years: 1880-
Physical description: Style: Victorial Academic Classical. Exterior: Rendered Masonry. Symmetrical plan - central courtroom with lower side wings and hallways in standardised arrangement. Render heavily modelled into stone coursing, pilasters and window surrounds, slate hipped roofs. Simple central pediment with clock, lantern on main ridge. First World War Memorial at front, resited gas lamp at kerb.
Modifications and dates: Adapted for use as public library/museum.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Symbol of town's former importance with its own courthouse prominent in main street. Association with the work of James Barnet, Colonial Architect, 1860-1890.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Illustrates Barnets conservationism and skill in employment of Classical styles to public buildings. A landmark building in view from bridge approach, and as part of group of public and commercial buildings creating townscape of Swan Street.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Law and order functions still recorded in building fabric - social value and associative significance in preservation of building for civic uses.
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
Regional Environmental Plan  03 Nov 89 1079349
Heritage study 1994 30210

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maitland Heritage Survey Review19940210Brian McDonald & Associates  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBarnet, Bridges & McDonald0 

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2000122


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