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The Moorings (Residential Units)

Item details

Name of item: The Moorings (Residential Units)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 199 King Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Local govt. area: Newcastle


NEWC.104 Field survey number 0116
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
199 King StreetNewcastleNewcastle  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Moorings has historic significance for its association with various prominent local individualsand aesthetic significance for the quality of the architectural design.The interiors are of significance.
Date significance updated: 29 Oct 12
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Designer/Maker: John Oldham Architect
Construction years: 1935-1935
Physical description: It is designed in the Spanish Mission style with render walls in various patterns, and ornate decorative features such as the projecting balconies. Like Cliff Towers the interior is less overtly stylised having a relatively simple timber balustrade fairly typical of many Federation/Inter-War period building, and the only obvious internal decoration being the stepped arches that are repeated throughout the public spaces of the interior. Its relationship to the tall concrete retaining wall along King Street, originally constructed for the colliery railway, is also interesting.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Both the exterior and the public spaces of the interior remain largely intact and in good condition.
Date condition updated:16 Aug 07


Historical notes: The history of The Moorings is intimately linked to that of the adjacent Cliff Towers, both being constructed by Mrs Lena Campbell to the design of prominent local architect John Oldham in 1935. The Moorings, while of a more flamboyant appearance, was the simple of the two, being designed specifically as bachelor apartments.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing (inner city)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I42915 Jun 12 64 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Newcastle City Wide Heritage Study1996NEWC.104Suters Architects Snell  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2170468
File number: 468

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