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Nurses Home (Former)

Item details

Name of item: Nurses Home (Former)
Other name/s: Newcastle East Community Health Centre, Newcastle Club, YHA Newcastle
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Health Services
Category: Nurses’ Home
Primary address: 30 Pacific Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Local govt. area: Newcastle
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
30 Pacific StreetNewcastleNewcastle  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Originally constructed as the Newcastle Club, this Federation Queen Anne style building is a fine example of the style. It was refurbished as the Newcastle Nurses' Home in 1917, at the same time that the North Wing of the hospital was opened. Aesthetically, it is a fine example of a Queen Anne style building, designed by FG Castelden, a prominent local architect who also designed the Newcastle Ocean Baths pavilion and parts of Newcastle Cathedral. The building is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The interiors are of significance.
Date significance updated: 10 Jul 13
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Designer/Maker: F.G.Castleden
Construction years: 1911-1917
Physical description: Two storey face brick Queen Anne Federation building with a terracotta tile gable roof. The upper level features two oriel windows to the King Street elevation, while on the Pacific Street side the windows are hooded below a half-timbered gable. The building is symmetrical in appearance to Pacific Street.
Modifications and dates: The building is now used as the Newcastle Youth Hostel, part of the YHA group.
Current use: YHA Newcastle
Former use: Club premises, nurses' accommodation, community health centre


Historical notes: The building was originally built as the Newcastle Club, however when new premises were acquired higher up the Hill on Newcomen Street, the building was sold and was transformed into the nurses' home for the adjacent hospital. It has been used as a youth hostel since the 1990s.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building meets this criterion at the local level as a building purpose designed for one of Newcastle's social clubs - the Newcastle Club. It is also significant as an example of early building adaptation, as it was transformed and re-fitted only 6 years after construction for the Newcastle hospital nurses. The building also evidences the growth of the precinct in the early decades of the 20th century for hospital related uses.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The building meets the threshold for listing for its associative significance for its association with the Newcastle Club - an exclusive club in Newcastle which reflects the general growth in prosperity of the city at the time.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building meets the threshold for listing under this criterion as it is regarded as a fine example of the Federation Queen Anne style, and it is highly intact. Inside the building the public spaces retain the Federation interior with timber panelled walls in Queenlsand maple, and timber joinery.
Integrity/Intactness: High integrity
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 Plan I44315 Jun 12 647679
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Newcastle Heritage Study1990213Unknown  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2170213
File number: 213

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