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Newcastle Annexe

Item details

Name of item: Newcastle Annexe
Other name/s: Newcastle East Public School, Newcastle Public School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Location: Lat: -32.9294912622 Long: 151.7821760530
Primary address: 58 Bolton Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Parish: Newcastle
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Newcastle
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Awabakal
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP709455
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
58 Bolton StreetNewcastleNewcastleNewcastleNorthumberlandPrimary Address
Church StreetNewcastleNewcastleNewcastleNorthumberlandAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Scott Street Newcastle Pty LtdPrivate 

Statement of significance:

The Newcastle Annexe is of considerable historical, social and townscape significance being reputably the oldest continuously existing school in Australia until its closure in 1980. The substantial Federation Free style designed building is a good example of Vernon's work. It is prominently located on a corner site within the centre of Newcastle.
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Designer/Maker: WL Vernon
Construction years: 1908-1912
Physical description: The Newcastle Annexe is designed in Vernon's typical federation Free Classical adopted school style. The building was designed as a substantial school classroom block with a hipped roof dominated by several tall chimneys. The bolton Street entrance is marked by a small gable roofed projecting entrance bay which features a stone capped parapet.

The Newcastle annexe is construced in face brick and features constrasting sandstone trim, abutments and string coursing. Original slate roofing material has been replaced with tiles.

Architectural style: Federation
Exterior; Brick, Sandstone, Tiles
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition
Modifications and dates: Roof replaced with tiles c1970.


Historical notes: The Newcastle Annexe, originally constructed as the Newcastle East Public School was designed by the Government Architect WL Vernon and built between 1908 - 12. A school has existed on or near this site since 1816 and this school is recognised as being the oldest continuously existing school in Australia before its closure in 1980 when the Education Department vacated this property and Courts took over.
Historical Period: 1901 - 1925

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (none)-
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0079502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Data source

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Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011939
File number: S95/00338/1

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