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Item details

Name of item: Police Station (former)
Other name/s: Randwick Lock-Up
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Police station
Primary address: 28 Coogee Bay Road, Randwick, NSW 2031
Local govt. area: Randwick
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
28 Coogee Bay RoadRandwickRandwick  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A rare example of a 'Lock Up' type Police Station in the Sydney area. Modest but architecturally impressive. Local historical interest and positive streetscape contribution.
The building's location was determined by the increase in settlement to the Randwick area and the introduction of the tram line to Randwick. The building contributes to the streetscape of other prominent buildings nearby, such as the Blackett designed Children's Asylum (now the Prince of Wales Hospital). Prior to construction of the 'Lock-Up' policing for the rear came from Coogee.
The original 1882 building housed both a Police Station and a residence, consistent with police building architecture of the period. It is a fine example of James Barnet's tenure as Colonial Architect. The slate roof rendered mouldings and detailing along with the verandah, differentiate the building from other police stations of the period.
The interior of the building features rendered walls, iron wall vents, fireplaces and timber joinery.
W.L. Vernon's 1902 extensions are a fine example of the Colonial Architect's office of that time, complementing the original building.
Date significance updated: 05 May 20
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Designer/Maker: James Barnet, Colonial Arch.- original 1883 building, W.L.Vernon, Colonial Arch.- 1902 addtions
Builder/Maker: Richardson and Anderson
Construction years: 1892-
Physical description: Pleasantly proportioned brick building. Standard L-shaped plan. Brick with imitation stone, rendered quoining and sills. Some attractive mouldings on gable and chimneys. Timber verandah posts, stop chamfered, with astragals and cast iron brackets. Other detailing limited. Minor alterations generally sympathetic. Good original style picket fence. Sandstock brick exposed, apparently original. Verandah enclosed at side. The words “Lock Up” displayed on gable.
Modifications and dates: 1902 additions comprised and additional room to the rear and an enlarged rear verandah.
1997 modifications to allow adaptive reuse as part of Claremont College.
Current use: School
Former use: Police station and lock-up


Historical notes: The site was purchased by the government in 1875.
It is likely that the building was constructed shortly after 1892. It comprised a kitchen, sitting room, pantry, office, chargeroom and two cells. At the time of construction the police station had one sergeant and four foot constables. Stables were once provided in the rear yard for horses. By 1901 the building ceased to be a residence and charge room, and the entire building became a police station. The bedrooms and kitchen became a Station Sergeant's Office, mess room and change room. Sympathetic rear additions by W. L. Vernon in 1901. A single room was added to the bedroom wing comprising a ground floor office with fuel store and toilets below. A garage was added in 1949. Picket fence restored in the 1980s.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 1998 - Sch317526 Jun 98 975013
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 2012I32515 Feb 13   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCaldis Cook Group P/L1997Statement of Heritage Impact

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2310174

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