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Macquarie Watchtower

Item details

Name of item: Macquarie Watchtower
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Water
Category: Lighthouse Tower
Primary address: 1538 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW 2036
Local govt. area: Randwick
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1538 Anzac ParadeLa PerouseRandwick  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The tower is the oldest remaining building in Randwick City and ranks among the earliest colonial structures in Australia. It is also the first seat of State education in the City of Randwick.
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Physical description: Octagonal stone tower surmounted by a castellated parapet.


Historical notes: Governor Macquarie built the tower in the early 1820s to prevent smuggling activities. From 1831 the tower served as a customs house. Botany Heads Provisional School opened in 1868 in the tower. The School closed in 1890 but reopened in 1892 as the La Perouse Public School. This was relocated in 1910. The tower was restored to its original state in the 1960s following a fire in October 1957 with the loss of the caretaker’s wife. Now administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 1998 - Sch329926 Jun 98 975020
Local Environmental PlanRandwick Local Environmental Plan 2012I16615 Feb 13   

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2310298

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