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Bowral Court House

Item details

Name of item: Bowral Court House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Primary address: Bendooley Street, Bowral, NSW 2576
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
Hectares (approx): 0.0736
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bendooley StreetBowralWingecarribee  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Department of Justice and Attorney GeneralState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Bowral Court House is a rare example of late Victorian rustic Gothic public building which has been constructed in locally quarried granite. It is prominently located on a corner site and contributes to the historic townscape of Bowral. The building has a lengthy association with the provision of justice in the district. (Courts Administration Files)
Date significance updated: 01 Jul 02
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Designer/Maker: WL Vernon, C Parkes
Builder/Maker: A Stephens
Construction years: 1895-1896
Physical description: The Bowral Court House is a small late Victorian Rustic Gothic design constructed in local stone. The Court House is located on a corner site and comprises two wings built at right angles to each other. Typical rustic picturesque details which give a Scottish character, include gable end walls and grouped small windows emphasised by stone surrounds and a splayed buttressed verandah. The corner site is enclosed with a splayed stone fence and gate piers.
Other accommodation: Magistrate Chamber, general office, witness room, storeroom.
Construction: The Bowral Court house is constructed in local dark grey basalt with sandstone details. The gable roofs are clad in tiles.
Exterior materials: granite, sandstone, tiles
(Courts Administration Files)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:03 May 10
Modifications and dates: Additions in 1953 designed by Gov. Architect C Parkes
Further information: Recommended conservation strategy: A Conservation Plan should be prepared before any work is undertaken. Any proposed work should respect the existing building fabric, including the interior of the building. (Courts Administration Plan)
Current use: Court House
Former use: Court House


Historical notes: The Bowral Court House was designed by the Government Architect WL Vernon and built by A Stephens of Bowral during 1895-96 at a cost of 2,527 pounds. Additional records and witness rooms were designed by the Government Architect, Cobden Parkes in 1953. ( Courts Administration Files)

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 Administration of justice-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
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
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenSchwager Brooks and Partners Pty Ltd1993Department of Courts Administration: Preliminary Heritage and Conservation Register

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3080020

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