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New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry

Item details

Name of item: New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry
Other name/s: Phoenix Foundry and contents; Industrial Archaeological Site
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Manufacturing and Processing
Category: Foundry Iron/Brass
Location: Lat: -30.6482331386 Long: 151.5019069970
Primary address: 6 East Street, Uralla, NSW 2358
Parish: Uralla
County: Sandon
Local govt. area: Uralla
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Armidale
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP1114524
LOT2 DP1114524
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 East StreetUrallaUrallaUrallaSandonPrimary Address
6 East StreetUrallaUrallaUrallaSandonDuplicate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private 

Statement of significance:

Australia's oldest operating foundry in original condition, including associated industrial objects and movable contents.

By virtue of its history as an important long-standing industrial undertaking in New England, and by virtue of its ability to demonstrate industrial technologies and techniques now long gone, CA Young's Phoenix Foundry at Uralla is clearly a place of considerable significance to the State of New South Wales. (Irving and Pratten 1999)
Date significance updated: 13 Nov 00
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Description

Construction years: 1900-1900
Physical description: A timber industrial building. The site is listed as a heritage item in the Uralla LEP. This listing includes the movable heritage within the building, including a mass of cedar wooden patterns for iron lace casting, many of which date back to 1872.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good.
Date condition updated:13 Nov 00
Current use: Foundry, Open to Public
Former use: Foundry

History

Historical notes: The New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry is a well established foundry and museum. It is claimed to be Australia’s oldest operating foundry, originally established in 1872. The business and its equipment moved operations to its present site in 1900. It is still operated for its original purpose.

The first iron foundry was established in Uralla by HS Goddard in 1875. It operated until 1900. At the end of 1901 the foundry was re-established on the present site by CA Young, utilising much of the equipment and many of the patterns at Goddard's works. During the Young era which effectively terminated with his son Les Young's sale of the foundry in the mid 1970s, new plant was installed, although the essential foundry practices of the 19th century were continued. Even today, some casting of metal takes place at the Uralla foundry, and the combination of simple technology, vintage plant and machinery and vernacular buildings creates a place whose evocative character is matched in very few other surviving small industrial works. (Irving and Pratten 1999)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Australia's oldest operating foundry in original condition, including associated industrial objects and movable contents.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Thought to be Australia's oldest and most complete operating foundry.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Shows a traditional industrial process in operation. By virtue of its ability to demonstrate industrial technologies and techniques now long gone, CA Young's Phoenix Foundry at Uralla is clearly a place of considerable significance to the State of New South Wales.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Rare.
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 0145517 Aug 01 1276105
Heritage Act - Interim Heritage Order - Lapsed 2408 Oct 99 116 
Local Environmental Plan 0198821 Oct 88 1595520

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenArnold Wolthers, Architects and Conservation Management Planners & Associates2002The New England Brass & Iron Lace Foundry (6 East Street Uralla NSW): Conservation Management Plan, Vols 1 and 2
TourismAttraction Homepage2007New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry View detail
WrittenIrving, Robert and Pratten, Christopher1999CA Young's Phoenix Foundry, Uralla
WrittenPhoenix Foundry The New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry
TourismTourism NSW2007New England Brass And Iron Lace Foundry 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: 5045468
File number: H98/00004 (H97/01165)


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