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Redfern Court House

Item details

Name of item: Redfern Court House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Primary address: Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
Local govt. area: Sydney
Hectares (approx): 0.01139
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Redfern StreetRedfernSydney  Primary Address


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

Statement of significance:

The Redfern Court House is a monumental traditional Federation Free Classical building which is an unusual design by the Governement Architect WL Vernon. The building has a lengthy association with the provision of justice in the district. (Courts Administration Files)
Date significance updated: 05 Jul 02
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Designer/Maker: WL Vernon
Construction years: 1896-1897
Physical description: The Redfern Court House is a robust and monumental public building. Designed in the Federation Free Style, it presents a traditional Victorian fa├žade with heavily moulded and articulated rendered surface and central portico entrance surmounted by a pediment with a Coat of Arms.
Other accommodation: General office, Chamber, accounts room, Magistrates room, store/records room, 2 witness/legal rooms.
Construction: The Redfern Court House is constructed in rendered brick with a sanstone base course.
Exterior materials: Rendered brick, sandstone
(Courts Administration Files)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:17 May 10
Modifications and dates: None.
Further information: Recommended conservation strategy: A conservation plan should be prepared before any work is undertaken. Any proposed changes should respect the existing building fabric, including the interior of the building. (Courts Administration Files)
Current use: Court House
Former use: Court House


Historical notes: The Redfern Court House was designed by the Governement Architect WL Vernon in 1896.
Historical Period: 1876-1900
(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 b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
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: 3080111

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