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Magistrate's House

Item details

Name of item: Magistrate's House
Other name/s: Carthona; Ballynahinch
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 5-7 Market Place, Berrima, NSW 2577
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5-7 Market PlaceBerrimaWingecarribee  Primary Address
Next to Rose (Nurses) CottageBerrimaWingecarribee  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Ballynahinch is significant through its associations as the residence of the magistrates and the role of Berrima as a legal/administrative centre. Its setting and roofline are features which contribute to the streetscape qualities of the Marketplace and the building has some aesthetic significance as an early building with good stonework. The extent of the original fabric remaining in relation to the later alterations needs to be determined however.
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Construction years: 1836-
Physical description: An early Berrima modified Georgian house with cedar doors, floors of solid jarrah and a stone flagged front verandah (National Trust listing). Single storied and built of ashlar sandstone the house has a half-gabled corrugated steel clad roof (with louvred ventilators) and wide, raftered eaves. The hipped front verandah roof is of similar "raftered" character (Both roofs may be later alterations). The 4 chimneys are stone with simple, flat neck moulds. Windows to the west elevation have louvred shutters. The house has been recently refurbished. The tall Oak and Poplar trees as well as the hedge, provide a distinctive setting.
Modifications and dates: Extensive renovations/alterations carried out at various periods - eg. 1927 and quite recently (1970's). Hipped-roofed porch and modern glazed doors to east elevation (1970's ?).
Further information:
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential, Educational


Historical notes: Higgins was the original owner until 1850. It was later leased to police
magistrates. Mary Stone used it as a school c1900 after which time it became
derelict until 1927 when extensive renovations were undertaken by the Browns.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High level historical significance. Historically associated with the expansion of Berrima as a county town in the 1830s and 1840s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High aesthetic significance. Makes an important contribution to the street.
SHR Criteria g)
Moderately significant local example of Georgian style.
Integrity/Intactness: Moderate level of integrity, as it includes additions.
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 PlanWLEP 2010I12516 Jun 10   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed1989,Sch.3    
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991WI0125JRC Planning Services  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenLeary, F & J1972Colonial Heritage
Oral HistoryLinda Emery Local history interview with Peter Kabaila, 2005.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2680125

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