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Court House

Item details

Name of item: Court House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Primary address: 152 DeBoos Street, Temora, NSW 2666
Parish: Bundawarrah - Temora
County: Bland.
Local govt. area: Temora
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
152 DeBoos StreetTemoraTemoraBundawarrah - TemoraBland.Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Court House symbolically by its position and design represents law and justice, as administered by the State Government in the local region. The distinctive architecture has been retained and is complemented by the adjoining Police Station complex, complementing the streetscape and contributing to the Conservation Area.
Date significance updated: 09 Jun 11
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Physical description: A standard regional court house incorporating a central court room with offices and chambers to the rear and accommodation for the clerk to the side, a return verandah shelters the entrances, and the hipped roof incorporates vents for natural ventilation. The interior retains the original joinery, furniture and coat of arms.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Condition: Good
Integrity: Good
Modifications and dates: Furniture, finishes such as carpet and fittings


Historical notes: Temora had sittings of the Court from around the beginnings of the gold rush in 1880, but in those times Court was usually held in a Public House (Hotel), or some other premises. This present building, on the highest point in De Boos Street, symbolical of the presence of the law seeing over all, completes a set of buildings representing the Police precinct. It was formerly opened by His Honour, Mr. Acting Judge Bevan in August, 1902. He declared the building open by repeating the traditional proclamation, "O Yea, O Yea, O Yea, Those who have business in this Honourable Court draw nigh and ye shall be heard - Long Live the King ". The Court then opened and business commenced.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building marks the prominence of the police and justice roles within the region as defined in the late Federation period.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The Judiciary and staff of the Attorney General's Department
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Court house retains the external character, complements the streetscape and contributes to the Conservation Area
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The site is highly valued by the community
SHR Criteria g)
A good example of the type
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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 811 Jun 10   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Temora Shire Community based Heritage Study2003 David Scobie Architects Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenVarious: The Temora Centenary Book Committee.1980Temora Yesterday and Today, 1880 - 1980.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2480018

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