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Albury Post Office

Item details

Name of item: Albury Post Office
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Post Office
Location: Lat: -36.0804214562 Long: 146.9159591400
Primary address: 570 Dean Street, Albury, NSW 2640
Local govt. area: Albury City
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Albury And District
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT2612DP758013
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
570 Dean StreetAlburyAlbury City  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Australia PostFederal Government 

Statement of significance:

An imposing country post office in the Victorian Free Classical style with civic architectural qualities that make a significant contribution to the historic Dean Street precinct. The landmark qualities of this prominent building make it a suitable ‘entrance’ to the civic precinct and significant to the Albury community’s sense of place.

The building is associated with the NSW Colonial Architect’s Office under James Barnet and it is part of an important group of post offices by Barnet.
Date significance updated: 01 Dec 99
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Description

Designer/Maker: NSW Colonial Architects Office under James Barnet
Construction years: 1880-
Physical description: A substantial Victorian Free Classical post office with an overall Palazzo form. The building is of two stories, constructed of stuccoed brick with moulded decoration. The ground level consists of colonnade archwork and the first floor of segmental arch window openings with exaggerated keystones, separated by pilasters. A truncated clock tower with cupola was added in the 1920s on the corner and designed similarly in the Free Classical style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical condition is good.
Date condition updated:01 Jul 99
Modifications and dates: Substantial extension along Kiewa Street in 1904. Addition of clocktower in 1920s.
Current use: Post Office
Former use: Post Office

History

Historical notes: An electric telegraph station was erected at Albury in 1860. In 1878 the original part of the present building was constructed on the same site as the telegraph station. In 1904 the Post Office was amalgamated with the original telegraph office through substantial extensions along Kiewa Street. The clocktower was added in the 1920s.

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building is associated with the NSW Colonial Architect’s Office under James Barnet and it is part of an important group of works (including GPO, Sydney) by Barnet, a key practitioner of the Free Classical style.

The scale and distinctive architectural treatment of this post office (constructed 1878) reflect the importance of Albury once it became the Riverina railhead to the northeastern railway in 1873.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It is an imposing country post office with civic architectural qualities and makes a significant contribution to the historic Dean Street precinct which includes the Town Hall, Court House and former Telegraph Office. The style, scale and height of the building make it a suitable ‘entrance’ to the civic precinct. The strong addressing of the corner of Dean and Kiewa Streets makes the Post Office a focal point, endowing it with landmark qualities.

The Albury Post Office is an example of the Victorian Free Classical style. It is similar to other post offices at Orange (1879), Goulburn (1880) and Forbes (1881).
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
As a prominent civic building in a historic precinct, the Albury Post Office is considered to be significant to the Albury 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]
Not assessed as being rare.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The Albury Post Office is an example of the Free Classical style in a building with a palazzo form. It is also part of the group of Victorian Free Classical post offices (including GPO, Sydney) designed by James Barnet.
Integrity/Intactness: The building has been substantially extended along Kiewa Street and the original loggia filled in and a clocktower added. The major additions respect the original design.
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 RegisterSHR Listing0131117 Dec 99 14112047
Local Environmental Plan  04 Apr 96   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  21 Dec 90   
National Trust of Australia register      
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
WrittenApperly, Richard Identifying Australian Architecture

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045452


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