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Item details

Name of item: Mill Centre
Other name/s: The Albert Buildings, Dispatch (newspaper) office, former flour mill
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Location: Lat: -35.4400314772 Long: 149.7998554500
Primary address: Wallace Street, Braidwood, NSW 2622
Parish: Braidwood
County: St Vincent
Local govt. area: Palerang
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Batemans Bay
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP846907
LOT2 DP846907
LOT3 DP846907
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Wallace StreetBraidwoodPalerangBraidwoodSt VincentPrimary Address
19 McKellar StreetBraidwoodPalerangBraidwoodSt VincentAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private25 Mar 99
Royds Pty LtdPrivate25 Mar 99

Description

Construction years: 1860-1920
Physical description: The Mill Centre consists of several buildings of heritage interest.
Commercial Building (Originally a saddlery):
A two-storey commercial building in Victorian Georgian style extends along the Wallace Street frontage. It has a single-storey timber-framed veranda and ogee profiles roof. The columns are flat profile of Tuscan. The windows are twelve-pane sliding ash windows with implied flat arch elements articulated above each opening in the stucco. The ground floor street-facing windows are larger, as befitted a late Georgian period shop. The veranda flooring is paved with sandstone flagstones. The corrugated steel roof is hipped with a valley in between two shops. The interior has possibly original wide floor boards, butt jointed. Some original shellac timber joinery remains such as architraves.

'Old Post Office' Cottage(Originally the Dispatch (newspaper) office):
A single-storey building constructed of bagged brick work and corrugated steel roofing with two parallel gables facing McKellar Street. The windows appear to be taken from other buildings and each is typical of a different decade 1860s - 1920s. The western facade has been altered to suit a dwelling use.

Mill Building:
A mill building is on the adjacent site facing McKellar Street. It is a two-storey rectangular prism with a hip roof of short length corrugated steel sheets. The walls are load-bearing rubble granite laid in bands as a form of coursing. The first floor has a series of twelve-paned timber sash windows. The ground floor north elevation has been changed several times, apparently soon after construction. Large archways on either side of the north elevation were filled in, and the windows added later. Several small doorways at the middle have been filled in and a later opening with a hardwood lintel was inserted. Apparently the large archways caused the building to become unstable, because a large buttressing mass of granite was constructed alongside the eastern wall. The east and west wall have no openings. The interior is one space with apparent remains of heavy timber galleries constructed to access the higher parts of the milling machinery. The building was used as a function centre in the early twenty-first century.
Modifications and dates: Post Office Cottage. Function centre in the early twenty-first century.
Former use: Aboriginal land, town lot, Post Office Cottage. Function centre in the early twenty-first century.

History

Historical notes: Braidwood or Wigwigly:
Largely unchanged since colonial days the area was originally settled in the 1830s. Aboriginals called the district 'Wigwigly' meaning 'plenty of fur', alluding to the abundant supply of food and clothing from such animals as opossum, koala and kangaroo. Discovered in 1822 by three currency lads, settlement followed in 1833. Due to criminal activities of bushrangers and convicts, a courthouse and lock-up were constructed and the town was built around them. The gold rush of the 1850s brought excitement and population and the district became known for the production of fine wool, beef cattle and fat lambs. In later years mining has re-commenced and the town's colonial charm has attracted a wave of new residents (National Trust of Australia (NSW), https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/looking-at-architecture-braidwood-weekend/, accessed 6/1/2020).

Built 1859 as two shops
- a saddler and
- Dispatch (newspaper) office, called the Albert Buildings. Originally two storeys and an attic and gable ended roof.
McKellar Street was the former main street of Braidwood (LEP, 2014).

Converted to a steam driven flour mill in the 1860s, proprietors Hendricks and Jacobs(?). Used this century as a wattle bark store (LEP, 2014).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
1. Environment-Tracing the evolution of a continent's special environments Environment - naturally evolved-Activities associated with the physical surroundings that support human life and influence or shape human cultures. Changing the environment-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Developing discrete retail and commercial areas-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Developing real estate-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Saddlery - horse saddle-making-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Communication-Activities relating to the creation and conveyance of information Postal and telecommunication services-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Developing local, regional and national economies-National Theme 3
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Landscapes of urban amenity-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Events-Activities and processes that mark the consequences of natural and cultural occurences Developing local landmarks-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods Milling flour, corn and other grains-
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. Building settlements, towns and cities-National Theme 4
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. Worker's Dwellings-
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 (regional towns)-
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 professional people-
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. Adapted heritage building or structure-
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. Victorian era residence-
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. early settlement or worker's cottage-
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-
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 ordinary families-
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 1820s-1850s land grants-
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 Townships-
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 Administering and alienating Crown lands-
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 Changing land uses - from rural to tourist-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages 19th century suburban developments-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Subdivision of urban estates-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Developing the social life of a rural community-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages 19th Century Infrastructure-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Cultural Social and religious life-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Role of transport in settlement-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Providing telecommunications facilities-
5. Working-Working Labour-Activities associated with work practises and organised and unorganised labour Working in the public service-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Developing local clubs and meeting places-

Recommended management:

Recommendations

Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementProduce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) 
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines 
Recommended ManagementCarry out interpretation, promotion and/or education 

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 0043402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0043411 Apr 86 601616
Local Environmental Plan 0199122 Nov 91 1639848
Local Environmental PlanThe Mill 19 Sep 14   

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045386
File number: S90/03300 & HC 33485


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