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Lands Board Office

Item details

Name of item: Lands Board Office
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Other - Government & Administration
Location: Lat: -30.5141413325 Long: 151.6667709450
Primary address: 108 Faulkner Street, Armidale, NSW 2350
Parish: Armidale
County: Sandon
Local govt. area: Armidale Dumaresq
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Armidale
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT1 DP1198874
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
108 Faulkner StreetArmidaleArmidale DumaresqArmidaleSandonPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Department of Planning and InfrastructureState Government30 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

The building is a superbly crafted and designed Victorian public building. It is surrounded by others of the same period of town growth such as the Armidale Folk Museum, the Imperial Hotel and the Post Office, forming part of the Armidale Conservation Area. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date significance updated: 06 Dec 00
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Designer/Maker: James Barnet
Construction years: 1887-1887
Physical description: The building is an impressive two storey Victorian public building built of face brickwork laid in English bond. It is surrounded by an elaborate and elegant verandah with corrugated steel roofing to balcony over. The balustrading and columns are of cast iron with curved timber roof forms and trussed balcony beams. Six tall chimneys dominate the simple corrugated iron (originally slate) roof form with ridge roof vents. (DLWC S170 Register)
Modifications and dates: The building was renovated in 1974-5. The slate roof was replaced with corrugated steel in 1975. (DLWC S170 Register)
Current use: Department of Lands
Former use: Department of Lands


Historical notes: The Armidale Lands Office was built in 1887 to a design from the Office of Colonial Architect, James Barnet.
The establishment of the Lands Office for New England district after the new Lands Act of 1884 was controversial. On the recommendation of Lands Minister, J.S. Farnell, a new Lands Office was set up in Glen Innes in January 1885. As a great proportion of the cases that the Land Board was handling were from the Armidale and Walcha districts, far from Glen Innes, petitions were presented and public meetings called to relocate the Land Office. Following a review in 1886, it was announced that the Lands Office would open in Armidale on 1 February 1887. (DLWC S170 Register)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-
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. (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for endorsementConservation Plan Mar 19 1998
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 0096302 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.130 Order  28 May 82 074 
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Local Environmental Plan  23 Sep 88   
Local Environmental Plan  30 Nov 90   
Local Environmental Plan 198820 Mar 92 0381903
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Land & Water Conservation Section 170 Register199554049Heritage Group: State Projects  No
Land & Water Conservation Section 170 Register1995 Heritage Group: State Projects  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Armitage Heritage Walk View detail
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Armidale Heritage Walk View detail

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045068
File number: H00/00369; S95/00332 [S170]

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