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Katoomba Post Office (former)

Item details

Name of item: Katoomba Post Office (former)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Post Office
Location: Lat: -33.7137100629 Long: 150.3112185140
Primary address: 59-61 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Parish: Megalong
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP930546
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59-61 Katoomba StreetKatoombaBlue Mountains MegalongCookPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated

Statement of significance:

Historically and socially significant as a Post Office closely associated with the commercial centre of Katoomba and communications within the region. As an individual building the Post Office makes a strong contribution to the character of the Katoomba Street commercial shop group and streetscape. (BMCC 1991)

Significant in demonstrating the transfer of control of Post Offices from State to Commonwealth. The NSW Government continued to design and build Post Offices until 1916 after which the Commonwealth took control. The Georgian Revival style of the state-built Katoomba Post Office (1910) was used as a model for a large series of new Post Offices built up to 1930 by the Commonwealth Department of Works and Railways. (Pearson et al 1999)
Date significance updated: 26 Oct 00
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Designer/Maker: NSW Government Architect's office
Physical description: Parapet wall to ends; two storey face brickwork; lower level base of face brickwork with upper and pilasters renered; face brickwork chimneys with terracotta chimney pots; multi-paned double hung timber windows. (BMCC 1991)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:26 Oct 00
Modifications and dates: 1917 - Alterations
1923 - Addition of second storey
Current use: Shop
Former use: Post Office

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)-

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 0145322 Dec 00 16813894
Local Environmental Plan  27 Dec 91 18310838

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
National Federation Heritage Project1999 Michael Pearson et al  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenBlue Mountains City Council1991Heritage Inventory

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5051337
File number: H00/00465

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