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32 Stirling Terrace Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Stirling Terrace Precinct

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1915 to 1940

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020 Little


Has elements or values worth noting for community interest but otherwise makes little contribution.

Parent Place or Precinct

14922 Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany

Statement of Significance

Stirling Terrace Precinct, a predominantly late Victorian and Federation period townscape set along a segmented crescent plan overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, Albany and containing a diverse range of building types and styles, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the historic precinct is a fine and relatively intact example of a late nineteenth century and early twentieth century townscape, dating primarily from 1867 to 1915, demonstrating a range of activities and support infrastructure associated with the foundation and development of a prominent nineteenth century town;
the historic precinct is rare as a prominently located townscape with a town plan dating from the foundation of the settlement with a set of finely designed Victorian and Federation period buildings;
as the original commercial heart of the town, the historic precinct was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One when Albany was a prominent town in the Colony and Australia, due to its role as the Colony’s coal depot for the international mail and passenger service, which linked Europe to the eastern colonies. This role was expanded with the addition of regional railways and interstate telegraph links;
viewed from the harbour and from the western approaches to the town, the historic precinct as a whole is a landmark, strengthened by the strong vertical accents of the Royal George Hotel and the former Post Office;
the historic precinct is highly valued by the local community for its aesthetic values and historic associations and, along with the defining topography of the Princess Royal Harbour, Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, is as one of the elements that contributes to the local community’s sense of place and to the identity of Albany;
within the precinct, G.T. Poole’s designs for the Post Office and Court House demonstrate creative excellence and J.T. Hobbs’ design for the Sandover & Co store, which later became Drew Robinson & Co.’s store, at 108-110 Stirling Terrace makes innovative use of large plate glass windows; and
the historic precinct includes buildings designed by prominent architects James Manning, Lt. General Sir J. T. Hobbs, J. Herbert Eales, and George T. Poole, and was historically the location of businesses founded and run by significant Albany and regional identities including Thomas Sherratt, Alexander Moir, John Robinson, Charles Drew, Frank Dymes, Edward Barnett, J.F.T. Hassell, and E.G. Everett.

The place at 32 Stirling Terrace has Little significance at an individual level but is within the registered curtilage for Stirling Terrace Precinct.

Physical Description

A painted concrete block wall house with a concrete tiled roof in the Inter War Bungalow style, with metal framed windows and a concrete block fence. There is a garage along the Spencer Street frontage with a roller door onto the street. The place has been subject to a number of alterations and is difficult to date from the physical evidence. It makes little in the way of a contribution to the streetscape and is a very modest house set deep into its garden setting.

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


On 29th December 1888, Grace Cheyne McKenzie applied for Albany Building Allotment S15 in fee simple. [Albany Mail 5/1/1889]. It was likely only an investment property for McKenzie – likely to run as a boarding house - as there is no record of her having lived there. The Rate Book entry for 1912 shows Grace McKenzie still as the owner and the tenants in the house were 1912-1916 H R Corry, Clement Douglas 1932 and W. Monpart. McKenzie owned the place up to 1932. The house McKenzie had built is not the house extant today.
Grace Cheyne McKenzie was the daughter of Andrew Moir. In 1881 she married the former Mayor of Albany Cuthbert McKenzie. They lived at McKenzie House at 198 Grey Street West. Cuthbert died in February 1926 aged 75 at McKenzie House and in April 1932, aged 78, Grace died also at McKenzie House.
Stirling Terrace Precinct
Stirling Terrace is one of the City of Albany’s most significant heritage assets, both as a streetscape and as a collection of Victorian and Federation period buildings overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. Stirling Terrace is located in visually striking topography and its segmented crescent plan form remains basically as it was when first recorded by Surveyor Hillman in 1835. The mature trees and the harmonious architectural composition of diverse building types and styles provide additional visual interest.

Stirling Terrace was developed from the 1830s following the establishment of Albany as part of the Swan River colony, and was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One. The 1835 Hillman survey plan set the scene for the emergence of Stirling Terrace as the prime location in the town, with a rich variety of social, commercial, leisure, institutional and service functions. The majority of the built fabric which remains today was completed in the period 1867 to 1915. The buildings were designed by some of the State’s most eminent architects and many were built for prominent citizens and institutions.

Over the years the commercial focus of Albany has moved to York Street, with many institutions, such as banks and the post office relocating there. Free of substantial development pressure at a critical time, Stirling Terrace has managed to retain many of its historic structures and features. Viewed from the harbour, and from the western approach to the town, Stirling Terrace has a landmark quality as a whole.

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage Assessment, P14922, 2007 (Stirling Terrace Precinct)
Considine and Griffiths Architects, ‘Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan’ (2001)

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Inter-War California Bungalow

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

14 Jun 2022

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Last Update

14 Jun 2022


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