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Mudgee Town Hall

Item details

Name of item: Mudgee Town Hall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Community Facilities
Category: Hall Town Hall
Location: Lat: -32.5905185458 Long: 149.5872433410
Primary address: 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW 2850
Parish: Mudgee
County: Wellington
Local govt. area: Mid-Western Regional
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Mudgee
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT555DP758721
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
64 Market StreetMudgeeMid-Western RegionalMudgeeWellingtonPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Mid-Western Regional CouncilLocal Government 

Description

Physical description: Architectural Style: Neo-classic. Building Material: Brick
A small 2 storey town hall built in 1880, the Mayor at the time being T. Clark. It is neo-classic in style having stuccoed pediments to windows and the elaborate central roof gable containing the date and name plaque and ventilator. The structure is of brick with stuccoed quions, window surrounds and central balcony - porch. A small mansard roof of corrugated iron is set behind a low parapet at the front and is surmounted by a flagpole turret with cast iron crestings.

The ground floor portion of the floor has recently been sympathetically altered to provide shop fronts connected with increased tourist amenities.

Behind the front range of offices there is a small hall of the period having cast iron columns supporting the gallery.

The building is well maintained (National Trust, 1980).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained (NTA, 1980). Upstairs theatre is the most intact space (Broadley, pers.comm., 8/2009)
Date condition updated:04 Sep 09
Modifications and dates: late 1970s: ground floor converted to a library. Subsequently extended. The theatre upstairs has been restored and similarly extended.

c.1980 ground floor portion sympathetically altered to provide shop fronts connected with increased tourist amenities.

Inclinator installed to get disabled access to top floor. Ineffective (Broadley, pers.comm., 8/2009).
Current use: library and theatre, shops
Former use: town hall, shops, tourist office, show society headquarters, theatre

History

Historical notes: The town hall was built in 1880, the Mayor at the time being T. Clark.

The former Mudgee Town Hall is a highly significant 19th municipal building located in Market Street, the centre of Mudgee's business and commercial precinct. The building also forms part of a significant group of historic buildings on the northern side of Market Street that make a strong architectural contribution to the streetscape and the centre of Mudgee. The finely designed Neoclassical building dates from the 1880s and served as the Town Hall until the 1970s. Importantly the public use of the building has continued with its adaptation to library and theatre in the 1980s and remains today an important place in the social life of this rural town (Christo Aitken, letter supporting grant application, 2011).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Beautifying towns and villages-
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 Creating landmark structures and places in urban settings-
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 civic infrastructure and amenity-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Local and municipal self-governance-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - building and operating public infrastructure-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural styles and periods - Victorian Free Classical-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural styles and periods - Neoclassical-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Going to the library-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Gathering at landmark places to socialise-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act general maintenance, alts to ground floor


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.
(2) Alterations to the ground floor interior, the existing additions at rear of the building and separate toilet block provided that these do not diminishthe heritage significance of Mudgee Town Hall.
Jan 30 1987
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 0046402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0046430 Jan 87 200510
Local Environmental Plan  21 Aug 98   
National Trust of Australia register  392223 Jun 80   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Mudgee Shire Council heritage Study1985 Hughes Trueman Ludlow  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBarbara Hickson & John Broadley2009Conservation Plan - Mudgee Town Hall
TourismHeritage NSW2013Former Mudgee Town Hall

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: 5045732
File number: S90/05803 & HC 32498


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