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Mudgee Post Office & Quarters

Item details

Name of item: Mudgee Post Office & Quarters
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Post Office
Location: Lat: -32.5904134521 Long: 149.5857687390
Primary address: 80 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW 2850
Local govt. area: Mid-Western Regional
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Mudgee
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT11 DP786618
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
80 Market StreetMudgeeMid-Western Regional  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Australia PostFederal Government 

Statement of significance:

The Mudgee Post Office and Quarters is significant as one of the first major country post offices built in the state. It is a fine civic building skilfully remodelled from its original c1860 Palladian form to the Victorian Free Classical style seen today. The form of the building is unusual in post office design and is expressive of the building’s early date.

The building is a key streetscape element within the western precinct of Market Street and forms part of an important group which includes the Police Station, former Cudgegong Chambers and Court House to the west.
Date significance updated: 01 Dec 99
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Description

Designer/Maker: NSW Colonial Architect's Office under Alexander Dawson. 1902 addition - Walter Liberty Vernon.
Construction years: 1862-
Physical description: A symmetrical, single-storey stuccoed brick composition in the Victorian Free Classical style. The arched colonnade has both doric and ionic derived columns and is flanked by projecting single bays in the Palladian manner. The end bays have moulded rectangular windows enhanced with quoining in rendered brick. Arched windows and doorways are located within the colonnade.

A classically-styled rendered balustrade extends across the parapet. The three central bays of the colonnade have a classical pediment and parapet surmounted by a small central belltower.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical condition is good. Integrity is good, although tower is defaced by telecommunications apparatus.
Date condition updated:01 Dec 99
Modifications and dates: Modifications in 1875, 1886, 1902.
Further information: Some confusion exists as to the extent of the original building, which examination of the contract drawings may help to clarify.
Current use: Post Office
Former use: Post Office

History

Historical notes: Early postal services operated from a number of local stores and other premises until mid-1861 when the Colonial Architect Alexander Dawson designed a telegraph office and residence on the northwest corner of Market and Perry Streets. The Post Office operated for a period from the rear of this building and in May 1875 a separate post office building was built adjacent to the Telegraph Office in probably a reverse image of the original building.

Alterations occurred in 1886 but in 1902 major remodelling and alterations were carried out by the Public Works Department, which included the design and construction of the colonnade and clocktower. The 1902 works appear to be the work of Government Architect WL Vernon. A proposal to install a weight-operated clock did not proceed and in 1914 another effort was made to install a clock without success.

(From 1996 Heritage Study prepared in association with Dept of Urban Affairs & Planning, Christo Aitken Architect & Heritage Consultant.)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Communication-Activities relating to the creation and conveyance of information Communicating by mail-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing public servants and officials-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Mudgee Post Office and Quarters building is one of the first major, country post offices built in the State. It is associated with Colonial Architect Dawson and Government Architect Vernon.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This Victorian Free Classical styled building with its Palladian pavilions is unusual in post office design in New South Wales.

The building is a key streetscape element within the western precinct of Market Street and forms part of an important group which includes the Police Station, former Cudgegong Chambers and Court House to the west.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
As a prominent civic building, the Mudgee Post Office is considered to be significant to the Mudgee community’s sense of place.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The site has the potential to contain an archaeological resource, which may provide information relating to the previous use of the site, and to use by the Post Office.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
A rare style of post office buiding in New South Wales.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Part of the group of post offices in NSW. Representative of the work of Dawson and Vernon.
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:

Preparation of a Conservation Management Plan

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 0131417 Dec 99 14112048
Local Environmental Plan  15 Dec 89   
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Australia Post Historic Properties Survey - NSW1989 Andrew Ward & Associates and Clive Lucas Stapleton & Associates  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenMudgee Shire Council in assoc. w Dept of Urban Affairs & Planning, C Aitken1996Mudgee Heritage Study

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045269


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