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Land Titles Office

Item details

Name of item: Land Titles Office
Other name/s: Registrar General's Department Building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Administration Office
Location: Lat: -33.8699106915 Long: 151.2132561990
Primary address: Prince Albert Road, Sydney, NSW 2000
Parish: St James
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1863 DP1000001
LOT1864 DP1000002
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Prince Albert RoadSydneySydneySt JamesCumberlandPrimary Address
Queen's SquareSydneySydneySt JamesCumberlandAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Department of Planning and InfrastructureState Government 

Statement of significance:

A well scaled civic building sensitively detailed to complement the adjoining older buildings such as St. Mary's Cathedral. Its carefully composed sandstone facade contributes to the streetscape and satisfactorily terminates the northern end of College Street. It provides a sympathetic component in the progression of civic historical buildings along College Street to Queen's Square. The building has long association with the registration of birth, death and marraiges, as well as trade marks, bills of sale, business agents etc. The building stores valuable old registers and other land title documents. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date significance updated: 06 Dec 00
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Designer/Maker: Walter Vernon, E. H. Farmer
Builder/Maker: Loveridge & Hudson
Construction years: 1912-1913
Physical description: A three-storey Neo-Gothic sandstone-faced office building with attic storey and basement, of steel-framed construction with reinforced concrete floor and slate covered steel framed roof. The facades contain some elaborate gothic detailing to windows and good carving work to gables and over entrances. The three large gables facing Prince Albert Road are flanked by castellated corner turrets, whilst the facade to Queen's Square has a similar small gable flanked by two turrets on each side. The initials CH (Colin Hudson, stonemason), are carved into one of the string course bosses at about second-floor level on the western side return wall of the main entrance facing St. Mary's. Nearby on a small octagonal turret are the initials of his father HCH (Herbert Charles Hudson). On the eastern side of the main entrance on the east and west elevations, with initials of the architects and clerks of works. On the keystone of the arch over the main entrance are the entwined numbers 1912. (DLWC S170 Register)
Modifications and dates: Originally U-shaped, the north side was closed off by an addition in the 1930's and further extended in the 1960's. (DLWC S170 Register)
Current use: Government Office
Former use: Government Office


Historical notes: The major part of the building is designed by Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon and completed c 1913. The building contractors and stonework contractors were Loveridge and Hudson. (DLWC S170 Register)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - public land administration-

Recommended management:

Conserve and maintain in accordance with the Burra Charter. Maintain the original plan configuration and retain all original fabric and detailing if possible. Preparation of a Conservation Plan is highly recommmended. (DLWC S170 Register)

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for endorsementFormer Registrar General's Building - CMP submitted for endorsement by Urbis.  
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 0096202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register LTO90000101 Sep 95   
Local Environmental PlanCSH LEP 4 07 Apr 00   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Land & Water Conservation Section 170 Register1995LTO900001Heritage Group: State Projects  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045050
File number: S90/07488; S95/00332 [S170]

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