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Royal Hotel & Outbuildings

Item details

Name of item: Royal Hotel & Outbuildings
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Location: Lat: -36.2378878526 Long: 149.1163344490
Primary address: 59 - 61 Lambie Street, Cooma, NSW 2630
Parish: Cooma
County: Beresford
Local govt. area: Cooma-Monaro
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Merrimans
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOTB DP326660
LOT2 DP553752
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59 - 61 Lambie StreetCoomaCooma-MonaroCoomaBeresfordPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Royal HotelPrivate 

Statement of significance:

A fine two storey stone pub with original outbuildings of Georgian/Victorian character which occupies an important site on the Snowy Mountains Highway and which makes a splendid entrance to Lambie Street and its other pleasant residential buildings. (Heritage Office, 1991)
Date significance updated: 26 Jul 02
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Construction years: 1858-
Physical description: The Royal Hotel is a large two storey hotel with outbuildings all constructed of dressed freestone and build in 1858. It is of simple Georgian style with a late Victorian cast iron decorated verandah and balcony on the street corner and 4 large decorative gables added to the early hipped roof. The two storey wing facing Lambie Street retains its original rolled iron roof and Georgian style 12 paned windows. The building is generally in good order apart from the main bar areas which have been altered in this century and would benefit from restoration.

The Royal Hotel and its outbuildings consist of a stone terrace , a 2 storey house, 2 storey terrace, a brick cottage and semi detached cottages. As a group they collectively exhibit valuable sandstone architecture which provided a outstanding entrance to one of the most interesting historical and architectural streets of Cooma.

The semi detached cottages exisit as a pair of victorian semi with Gothic influences. They rest on stone foundations having bay window fronts, scalloped fretwork gable barges and timber and iron verandahs. Face brick walls relieved by painted stuccoed toothed quoins, door and window reveals and bay window spandrels. Verandah balustrading and stair handrails require restoration otherwise building is in near original condition.

The brick cottage that also forms part of the outbuildings is a neat vernalcur residence which perserves the 19th Century integrity of the housing group between Tumut Street and the Highway (Heritage Office, 1991).
Modifications and dates: In 1986 several alterations were made to the exterior of the Royal Hotel. Stonework repair involved the steam cleaning and repoint of the front of the hotel. Replacement of lacework was untertaken with a loyaltly to the original style. New gutters, downpipes and vally were installed. Sheets of iron for the roof on flat and toilet roof were used to restore the buildings original splendor.

The following yearthe owner order replacements to the roof, front and side gutters, the eves on the Hotel and Restuarent plus 4 new sheets of Lace work for the resturant.
Current use: Hotel
Former use: Hotel


Historical notes: The original hotel was established in Lambie Street around 1858, less than twenty years after settlement in Cooma first commenced in 1839. Early settlement concentrated in and around Lambie Street which became the focal point of the community activity at the time. Today, the Royal Hotel along with other historic landmarks in the street comprise significant elements of theLambie Town Walk at Cooma.

In 1988 a Permanent Conservation Order was placed on the Royal Hotel.
(Heritage Office, 1991)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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. Accommodating travellers and tourists-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Going to the pub-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This hotel is situated in the oldest part of Cooma and is recognised as following the tradition of several architectually and historically interesting cottages from the 1850's to the later part of the nineteenth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A fine two storey stone pub with original outbuildings of Georgian/ Victorian aesthetic.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Royal Hotel conveys at once a sense of history of the development of domestic architecture of the area and a very handsome piece of streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
It is one of the oldest buildings in the Cooma precinct.
Integrity/Intactness: A number of significant elements of the original fabric are still intact.
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 workHeritage Act renovate dining roon & front bar

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
Internal decorating and upgrading work to the Dining Room and Front Bar of the Royal Hotel.
Aug 30 1985
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act gen build maintenance

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
Sep 2 1988
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 0061602 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0061602 Sep 88   
Heritage Act - s.130 Order - Lapsed  31 Jul 81 1084118
Heritage Act - s.130 Order - Lapsed  04 Sep 87 108 
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Royal Hotel & Outbuildings View detail
PhotographHeritage Office Royal Hotel LGA Cooma
TourismTourism NSW2007Royal Hotel Cooma 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: 5045289
File number: S90/01017 & HC 33400

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