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Talbragar Shire Council Chambers

Item details

Name of item: Talbragar Shire Council Chambers
Other name/s: CBC Bank, Commerical Banking Company
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Location: Lat: -32.2508127730 Long: 148.6003312260
Primary address: Macquarie Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Parish: Dubbo
County: Lincoln
Local govt. area: Dubbo
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Dubbo
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT51 DP591672
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Macquarie StreetDubboDubboDubboLincolnPrimary Address
Bultje StreetDubboDubboDubboLincolnAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Dubbo Regional CouncilLocal Government 

Statement of significance:

Constructed of sandstone to the designs of the architect Hilley in 1867, the building represented a substantial vote of confidence in the future of Dubbo by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited, the first Bank to open for business in Dubbo and the first to construct major premises in the town. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 4/2/1980) The building makes an important contribution to the streetscape of Macquarie Street and is complemented by the Old Imperial Hotel building (now Kemwah Court).
Date significance updated: 03 Oct 00
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Description

Designer/Maker: Architect Hilley
Physical description: Styled in a restrained Italianate manner, the dressed sandstone facades of the building are almost severe, lightened only by round-headed window openings arranged in pairs on the Macquarie Street facade and in triad on the Bultje Street facade, string courses at first floor level and rusticated quoins. The iron roof is obscured by the substantial projecting cornice. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 4/2/1980)

The building is two storeys and has an extensive cellar. Much of the original interior is intact; lath and plaster walls and ceilings. (Heritage Branch Site inspection 14/12/1983)
Modifications and dates: It appears that the building may have been sandblasted for cleaning with subsequent erosion damage. Repointing with cement mortar also.

1984 - Heritage Council approval granted minor alterations to convert ground floor into a restaurant and upper floor into two offices.
1989 - Heritage Council approval for demolition of rear and erection of new addition.
1989 - Heritage Council approval for signage, and exterior colour scheme
1990 - Heritage Council approval for internal fitout for offices
Former use: Bank, Council chambers

History

Historical notes: The building was originally the premises of the first bank in Dubbo, erected by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney. The building was constructed in 1867 to the design of the Architect Hilley. For many years it was the towns finest building and the only bank until 1876. When the bank moved further north the building became the offices of Talbragar Shire Council, established in 1907.

In December 1979 the Dubbo Council and Dubbo Museum and Historical Society advised the Heritage Council that the Talbragar Shire building was under threat of demolition and requested protection under the Heritage Act, 1977. Following amalgamation of Dubbo and Talbragar the future of the building was uncertain. To provide security to the building an Interim Conservation Order was placed over the building on 2 May 1980.

In recognition as an important item of the State environmental heritage and to ensure the protection of the building a Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the building on 23 July 1982.

It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Constructed of sandstone to the designs of the architect Hilley in 1867, the building represented a substantial vote of confidence in the future of Dubbo by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited, the first Bank to open for business in Dubbo and the first to construct major premises in the town. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 4/2/1980)
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building makes an important contribution to the streetscape of Macquarie Street and is complemented by the Old Imperial Hotel building (now Kemwah Court).
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.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
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.

FRANK SARTOR
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

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0021902 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0021923 Jul 82 993387
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1983Heritage Branch Site inspection 14/12/1983
Written 1980Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 4/2/1980

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045080
File number: S90/03778 & HC 32504


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