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C B Newling Centre

Location: 122-132 Mossman Street, Armidale, NSW 2350

Constructed: 1928-1931

While admiring the history of Armidale on the heritage drive, you will be able to take in the sights of the CB Newling Centre. Formerly the Armidale Teachers' College, this building housed the first college built outside the Sydney metropolitan area to train country teachers for country service. Built in 1928 in the Interwar Georgian Revival Style, the building includes a commanding entrance, with a main staircase leading to the first floor and auditorium, as well as the use of local Australian timbers, terrazzo steps and parquetry floors. The building is also surrounded by a significant early 1930s landscape that is a rare and surprisingly intact representation of institutional gardening from that period. Featuring a mature parkland with pines, elms and poplars, sheltering rose gardens and other beds that are planted annually, the garden provides a magnificent setting for the Centre as well as being a beautiful place to for visitors to explore.

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Name of item: C B Newling Centre
Other name/s: Armidale Teachers College, Old Teachers College, Armidale Advanced College of Education
Type of item: Complex / Group
Collection: Education
Category: Tertiary College
Location: 122-132 Mossman Street, Armidale, NSW 2350
Local Govt: Armidale Dumaresq
Designer: Chief Architect, Mr Sparkes. Original sketch plans were submitted by J. Dawson, Acting Architect
Builder: NSW Public Works Department, supervised by Mr Tolhurst, Supervising Architect for Armidale
Constructed: 1928-1931
Current use: Offices; New England Conservatorium of Music and Community Arts; New England Heritage Centre
Former use: Aboriginal land; Armidale Gaol; Armidale Teachers' College and College of Advanced Education