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Westpac Bank

Item details

Name of item: Westpac Bank
Other name/s: Westpac Bank Formerly Bank of New South Wales
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 264 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP952497
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
264 Church StreetParramattaParramatta  Primary Address
George StParramattaParramatta  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Building at 264 Church Street is of significance for the Parramatta area for historical and aesthetic reasons and as a representative example of an Interwar Classical bank building in the area. Built c. 1938 on a prominent street corner, it is readily identifiable as part of historical building stock and strongly contributes to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 04 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1938-
Physical description: Two storey building of ashlar sandstone, has entrance at the 45 degree chamfered street corner, flanked by two sandstone columns. Hipped roof splayed at the corner, has parapeted balustrade with cornice and dentils below. Sandstone attached columns set on pedestal form colonnade between each window. There is a coat of arms in transom light above timber four-panelled double doors with bolection moulded panels.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Fair.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: CPS


Historical notes: The Bank of New South Wales occupied this site from 1874 when it rented space in the Australian Arms Hotel from Richard Rouse. The bank later acquired the two-storey inn, altered it and used it till it was demolished in 1938. The present building, designed by Spain, Cosh and Dods, was built in 1938. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): On site of land granted to Richard Rouse in 1823, who was superintendent of Public Works during Lachlan Macquarie's time as Governor. Rouse built an inn known as Australian Arms Hotel. In 1874 the Bank of New South Wales rented space in this building, then later acquiring the building and using it as a bank until 1938 when it was demolished and the present building erected. A plaque was found when demolishing giving date of building to be 100 years old minus a week. New building designed by Spain, Cosh & Dods. | PCC RO 1914-1916 No.268,270 | SD 1932: Bank of NSW, F.P. Richardson, manager | SD 1930: | SD 1929: Bank of NSW, F.C. Dunn, manager | SD 1924: | SD 1918: Bank of NSW, F.C. Dunn, manager | SD 1917: Bank of NSW, A.E. Hawkins, manager No.220 | SD 1912: Bank of NSW, J.J. Phillips, manager | SD 1910: Bank of NSW, Beresford Cairnes, manager | SD 1889: Bank of NSW, Beresford Cairnes, manager

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically significant
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
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
Regional Environmental PlanREP No 2811420 Aug 99 956161
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993114Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240114

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