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Albany Court House Complex


City of Albany

Place Number

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184-190 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Albany Justice Complex
Police Station & Court House, Public Works

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1896, Constructed from 1898

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage Agreement YES 22 Jun 2009 Text of the Heritage Agreement
Heritage Council
State Register Registered 14 Feb 2003 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

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
Classified by the National Trust Classified 04 Apr 1977

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

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.

Child Places

Statement of Significance

The place is one of a large number of important heritage buildings in Stirling Terrace. Stirling Terrace is one of the significant Local Heritage Areas in the City of Albany. The Albany Court House is on the WA State Rehister of heritage Places and therefore, has significant heritage value for both Albany and the State of Western Australia.

Physical Description

The Court House is located in centre of the town of Albany, it is positioned close to the roadway making it a dominant feature in the streetscape.
The Court House is a two storey red brick and granite building with arched convolute doorways of granite and rounded front corners. The roof is covered in grey roof tiles and has brick chimneys with terracotta tops.
One of the most interesting features is the curved stonework around the two entrances. It is believed that the blocks were fitted without the use of cement and pointing was added later built by local stonemason called Trott. The English coat of arms on the front wall was carved into a plaque of Sydney freestone.
The building is now used solely for a court house as the police station moved to new quarters c1970. The former police office is now occupied by the Albany Bailiff.


The Albany Court House was designed by Public Works Architect, George Temple-Poole. The Hon F H
PIESSE MLA laid a foundation stone on December 29, 1896. The building was completed on 7 February
1898 by builder Charles F Layton. The skills of local stonemason, Trott, were employed to build the imposing front arches. A ceremony was held in December that year with the acting Premier Edward R Wittenoom to officially open the building.
The building served a multi-purpose role including a police station and Court House on the ground floor and Public Works Department offices on the first floor. Other government departments used the building at different times during its history. A lockup and keepers quarters were built to the north in 1908 followed by the Police Sergeant's Quarters in 1909 on the Duke Street frontage of the site. The Lock-Up also served many years as a gaol for short term prisoners (sentences up to three months), until the opening in the late 1960s of the Albany Regional Prison.
The lock up is now unused, except for mail storage and old court records while the keepers quarters is in use as a police residence. The court house is now used solely for that purpose as the police station moved to new quarters c1970. The former police office is now occupied by the Albany Bailiff.


Integrity: Very high




Name Type Year From Year To
Francis Bird Architect 1896 1898
George Temple Pool Architect 1896 1898

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5292 Albany Courthouse complex : conservation plan revised draft / prepared for the Department of Housing and Works on behalf of the Department of Justice by David Heaver and Associates. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
328 Albany, Western Australia : the first hundred years, 1791-1891. Book 1992
5493 Albany Courthouse Precinct : conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2002
420 Albany Court House architectural evaluation for the Western Australian Heritage Committee no 12 Report 1985
5006 Technical clauses : IT cabling upgrades for various courts. Report 2001
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
7730 Images CD No. 42: Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany Courthouse complex, old Kalgan River Road bridge, new Kalgan River Road bridge. C D Rom 2006
1039 Albany Court House: Lock Up and Keepers Quarters Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1995

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Courthouse
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Courthouse

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne
Federation Romanesque

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Roof TILE Other Tile
Wall STONE Other Stone
Wall STONE Granite

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Government & politics

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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