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State Battery (fmr), Sandstone


Shire of Sandstone

Place Number

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6km south-east of Sandstone on the Menzies-Sandstone Rd Sandstone

Location Details

6km south-east of Sandstone on the Menzies-Sandstone Road, Sandstone

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1904, Constructed from 1925

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 07 Sep 2006 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
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jun 1997 Category 1

Category 1

Highest level of protection appropriate: recommend for entry in the Register of Heritage Places; provide maximum encouragement to the owner to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

The former State Battery has high historic significance for its essential role in the mining industry in the Sandstone district. The place has further significance given that much of the machinery is still intact.

Physical Description

A large timber framed structure which is clad with corrugated iron. It contains a five head stamper, a diesel engine with a large generator, a cooling system attached to the southern facade and other machinery inside. There is evidence of white ant damage. There is a wire fence running around the perimeter of the Battery.


A State Battery was established at Sandstone by removing one which had fallen into disuse at Paynesville, about 80km west of Sandstone. Andrew Irvine was appointed the first manager of the Battery and was responsible for its dismantling and removal to the new site, which was a small distance west of the present location. Teams of horses, donkeys and bullocks were used to transport the Battery in early 1904. Irvine collapsed and died on April 10, just prior to its completion. The Battery was moved to its present site in 1925. Initially it was operated by coking local wood, but was later converted to diesel power. During its working life a total of 135, 809 tons of ore were treated here, producing 115, 787 ounces of bullion. The Battery closed in 1982.


Integrity: High Degree




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Sandstone Heritage Trail brochure".

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
6724 Conservation plan for Sandstone State Battery (fmr) (1908), Sandstone, Western Australia. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2003

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused
Original Use MINING Mining Battery

Architectural Styles


Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall METAL Corrugated Iron
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Mining {incl. mineral processing}
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Resource exploitation & depletion

Creation Date

17 Jul 1997

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Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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