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Bourke Court House

Item details

Name of item: Bourke Court House
Other name/s: Courthouse
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Location: Lat: -30.0896737714 Long: 145.9372467990
Primary address: Richard Street, Bourke, NSW 2840
Parish: Bourke
County: Cowper
Local govt. area: Bourke
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Nulla Nulla
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Richard StreetBourkeBourkeBourkeCowperPrimary Address
Oxley StreetBourkeBourke  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Attorney General's DepartmentState Government28 Jan 99

Statement of significance:

The Bourke Court House is an outstanding example of a Federation free style public building within Australia. It is a significant historic townscape element within Bourke. The building has a lengthy association with the provision of justice in the district.
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Designer/Maker: Oakeshott, W L Vernon
Builder/Maker: J Douglas
Physical description: The Bourke Court House is an impressive public building designed in the Federation Free style which has been adapted to suit the climate of Bourke. The building is a complex composition of several pavillions of various scales and forms and expresses thew freedom of this style. The covered open walkways and enclosed garden court are designed to suit the hot dry climate. The central Court Room dominates the complex, the corner location is emphasised with a turret.
The Bourke Court House is constructed in rough cast rendered brick and face brick. The hipped roofs are clad in slate tiles.
Architectural Style: Federation Free Style
Exterior: Rendered brick, slate
Interior: Joinery, Marble
Modifications and dates: Major restoration work undertaken in 1968.
Former use: Court House


Historical notes: The present day Bourke Court House designed in the office of the Government architect, WL Vernon is the third Court House building in this town. The design is attributed to G Oakeshott. It was constructed by J Douglas of Orange during the period 1897-1900 and cost 9,596 pounds. It was renovated in 1968.
Historical period ; 1875 - 1900

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
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 0079102 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Bourke Heritage Walk View detail
TourismTourism NSW2007Bourke Mateship Country Tour View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045662
File number: S95/00338/1

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