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Rotunda

Author

City of Albany

Place Number

00053
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Location

Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Queens Gardens

Other Name(s)

Jubilee Bandstand
Queen's Park Rotunda & Gardens

Local Government

Albany

Region

Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Permanent 29 Nov 1996 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 04 Apr 1977

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category A+

Category A+

• Already recognised at the highest level – the WA State Register of Heritage Places. Redevelopment requires consultation with the Heritage Council of WA and the City of Albany. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Statement of Significance

The Queens Park Rotunda a decorative open sided pavilion on a half ellipse plan, has aesthetic, historic,
representative, social and rarity cultural heritage significance for the following reasons;
The place has a high aesthetic value in its unusual half ellipse plan and the quality of the timber
workmanship.
The place has historic value owing to its association of the setting aside of Queens Park, Albany, as a
public reserve in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
The place is highly valued by the local community of an example of a civic amenity partially funded by
public subscription and
As a former focal point for local entertainment, the place has landmark qualities owing to its location on
the edge of Stirling Terrace commanding sweeping views of the harbour and railway station facilities.
The rotunda makes an important contribution to the streetscape of Stirling Terrace and is part of a group
of important heritage places.

Physical Description

The rotunda is built in a Federation Carpenter Gothic style, displaying a vigorous and confident use of timber craftsmanship, with elaborate balusters, posts, capitals, brackets and bosses.
The Rotunda is an open-sided pavilion, situated on the south side of Stirling Terrace, overlooking the Memorial Gardens, the railway station and Princess Royal Harbour. It is positioned at pavement level approximately 3.5 metres from the kerb. A curved granite retaining wall forms the base of the rotunda and steps lead down to Proudlove Parade.
The rotunda is in plana half ellipse, with the curved section of the ellipse facing the Memorial Gardens and the views beyond, and the straight section aligned parallel with Stirling Parade. The random granite retaining wall base is expressed for the curved section only, and is surmounted by a stucco moulding. A central gabled entrance, with its axis aligned at right angles to Stirling Terrace, projects over the pavement to come within one metre of the kerb, and provides the only entrance to the rotunda. This gabled section appears to be a recently added item. A perimeter timber balustrades is continuous around the rotunda interrupted only at the entrance. Timber posts and beams support a timber framed, zinc clad roof. The soffit is at present lined with painted asbestos, although originally the roof structure would haven exposed or perhaps lined with pressed metal.
The building is in good condition but the granite base wall and the stucco moulding at the top has several large cracks, probably caused by either insufficient sub soil drainage or by vibration from passing traffic.

History

In 1890, Albany Mayor Mr J. Moir proposed the development of the embankment of Stirling Terrace, an area which was formerly a dumping ground. It was subsequently opened in June 1897 as Queen's Park in honour of Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. At this opening ceremony it was proposed that a bandstand be built to supplement the park.
Funding for the structure was provided by a state government grant of £150, a donation of £90 from the Albany Council and public subscription. Construction was carried out by local carpenter and joiner, Nobby Clark under the supervision of the designer Mr Robert Greensheilds. The bandstand was officially opened on 23rd May 1898 by Mayor WG Knight. The mayor 'hoped that it would be a means of giving entertainment with the assistance of the band and he was sure that the townspeople and visitors would appreciate it'. From this time, the Rotunda was used regularly for band concerts, public addresses, shelter, and even ceremonial occasions such as the reception of the official party during Fleet Week in September 1908.
During the late 1940's the covered entrance to the bandstand wsa removed and Queen's Park has been reduced to make way for road works. Repairs to the bandstand were carried out in 1972 by the Albany council. Since the alteration of the park and changing patters of use the structure became unsuitable as a bandstand and is now used as a viewing structure and shelter. Restoration works were again carried out to the Rotunda in 1992.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High

Condition

Excellent

Associations

Name Type Year From Year To
Mr Greenshields Architect - -

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage Council of Western Australia assessment for entry on interim basis 1996
K Bizzaca; "Stirling Terrace, Albany, Draft Conservation Plan". Considine & Griffiths Architects 2000
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
8851 Albany waterfront structure plan. Heritage report, heritage impact study. Heritage Study {Other} 2007
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000

Place Type

Historic site

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use SOCIAL\RECREATIONAL Rotunda or Bandstand
Present Use SOCIAL\RECREATIONAL Rotunda or Bandstand

Architectural Styles

Style
Federation Carpenter Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Other Metal
Other TIMBER Other Timber

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

31 Dec 2016

Disclaimer

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