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Wilcannia Police Station

Item details

Name of item: Wilcannia Police Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Police station
Primary address: Lot 8 Reid Street, Wilcannia, NSW 2836
Local govt. area: Central Darling
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Lot 8 Reid StreetWilcanniaCentral Darling  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
NSW Police ServiceState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Wilcannia Police Station, originally built as a gaol, is a substantial and dominating building. The Police Station along with the neighbouring Courthouse and Police Residences form an unified civic group of historic, social and aesthetic significance.
Date significance updated: 22 May 06
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Designer/Maker: Colonial Architect, J Barnet
Physical description: The Wilcannia Police Station was original designed for use as a gaol in 1881. The two storey building dominates the streetscape. Designed in the classical manner, the building has a heavy appearance with a two storey colonnaded verandah (maybe an addition) to the front elevation. The Police Station is constructed in locally quarried sandstone with rendered brick columns along the front facade.
Date condition updated:22 May 06
Further information: Materials Exterior: Stone, Rendered Brick
Current use: Police Station
Former use: Gaol


Historical notes: The Wilcannia Police Station was original designed for use as a gaol by the Colonial Architect, J Barnet in 1881. The large size of the gaol for Wilcannia's remote location and town population is probably reflective of the town's administrative importance within the surrounding districts.

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]
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.

Recommended management:

Any proposed works should be sympathetic and respect he existing building fabric, including the interior..


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

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBroken Hill District Accommodation Survey, December 1990  

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4180248

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