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Redcoats Mess House

Item details

Name of item: Redcoats Mess House
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Staff Accommodation
Location: Lat: -33.8135108277 Long: 151.0051969120
Primary address: Horwood Place, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Parish: St John
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT21579 CP/SP 
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Horwood PlaceParramattaParramattaSt JohnCumberlandPrimary Address
48-50 George StreetParramattaParramattaSt JohnCumberlandAlternate Address
60 George StreetParramattaParramattaSt JohnCumberlandDuplicate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private 
 Private 
 Private 
 Private 
 Private 
 Private 
Mintclaw Pty LtdPrivate 
Vamige Pty LtdPrivate 

Statement of significance:

Evidence of the major role of colonial and state government in Parramatta. Site possesses potential to contribute to an understanding early urban development in Parramatta
Date significance updated: 09 May 01
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Description

Physical description: Two storey gabled building with a rectangular plan running north-south. Painted Flemish bond brickwork with iron roof. The southern portion is slightly higher than the rest of the building. Small paned sash windows. AZP Cross Reference: PC 39
Further information: CPS
Current use: offices, commercial
Former use: Military Mess

History

Historical notes: Archaeological Site Data. Built mid 1830s as a Mess Hall and catering establishment for officers stationed in the Parramatta district. Convict allotment and hut. Grant: Anthony Fenn Kemp, 11 Nov 1808 , cancelled 8 Sept 1825 (LTO Book 3c No 241), Maurice Charles O'Connell, 22 March 1814 (LTO Book 2 No 12) 'Goal' c1804. Return: 1823 Col. O' Connell, Lease: 1823 None, Grant: John Ellison. Sec 21 Allt 10 Sites of Buildings: Building (c1792 map), vacant (c1804 map), vacant (1823 map), 2 buildings of masonry (1844 map) Extant Buildings: None.

The first formal gaol in Parramatta was in George Street - it was constructed in 1798 and destroyed by fire on 28 December 1799. James Meehan's field book of a survey conducted in Parramatta on 5 April 1804 provides clear evidence for two separate locations for the first and second gaols - Meehan refers to the 'Goal (sic)' located on the north side of the river on what is now the Prince Alfred Square/Market Street site, and the 'old Goal (sic)' located on George Street on the southern side of the river.3 (Historic Records of Ausrtalia, Series 1, Vol.11, p 434, quoted in Extent Heritage Advisors, 9/5/2017).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Developing local, regional and national economies-National Theme 3
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Building settlements, towns and cities-National Theme 4
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Adapted heritage building or structure-
7. Governing-Governing Defence-Activities associated with defending places from hostile takeover and occupation A Military Town: The Welfare of the Military-
7. Governing-Governing Defence-Activities associated with defending places from hostile takeover and occupation Military settlement-
7. Governing-Governing Defence-Activities associated with defending places from hostile takeover and occupation Military barracks accommodation-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is technically or scientifically significant.
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:

Recommendations

Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementProduce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) 
Recommended ManagementCarry out an Archaeological Assessment 
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines 
Recommended ManagementCarry out interpretation, promotion and/or education 

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act

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) Change of use.
Aug 1 1986
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 0021802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0021830 Jul 82 1013475
Local Environmental Plan  21 Jul 89 0844633
Local Environmental Plan 20927 Feb 97 20893

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993209Meredith Walker  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenExtent Heritage Advisors2017Re: First Parramatta Gaol Site

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: 5051399
File number: S90/05835 & HC 32462


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