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Nobbys Signal Station

Item details

Name of item: Nobbys Signal Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Water
Category: Port facility
Primary address: , Newcastle East, NSW 2300
Local govt. area: Newcastle
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 Newcastle EastNewcastle  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Newcastle Port CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

Historically significant as a record of the use of Nobbys Head and the Signal Station for the control and direction of transport in the Port of Newcastle. Prominently located building of some aesthetic value in its utilitarian form.
Date significance updated: 16 Mar 00
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Physical description: Four storey brick and concrete structure, with lower three storeys containing staff amenities and storage spaces and top floor containing former signal room. This upper level is almost entirely glazed for unobstructed views of the harbour and beyond. A projecting semi-circular bay housed the telescope. Various masts and other equipment mounted on roof. The original staircase rose with the tower, climbing steeply with a single flight for each storey.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:25 Sep 01
Modifications and dates: Major upgrade in the 1980s
Current use: vacant
Former use: control point for shipping movements


Historical notes: Built in 1953 to replace an earlier weatherboard structure. Storeroom and offices occupied the two lower levels, with signaling sections on the top two levels. This building underwent a major upgrade in the 1980s. The building is no longer manned by Port Corporation staff as signal station functions are now based at the Pilot Station.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements The shipping of coal and other goods from the Hunter River and Newcastle Port-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically significant as a record of the use of Nobbys Head and the signal Station for the control and direction of transport in the Port of Newcastle
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Prominently located building of slight architectural value in its utilitarian form. The communication equipment could have some technical 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.

Recommended management:

Conserve in accordance with Conservation Management Plan. Investigate options for adaptive re-use.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
s170 Heritage & Conservation Register2001 Suters Architectslls Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenSuters Architects2000Macquarie Pier and Nobbys Head Conservation Management Plan

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3930006

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