16 Brockman St Gingin
Cnr Brockman & Constable Streets
Constructed from 1886
|State Register||Permanent||27 Feb 1996||
|Statewide Post Office Survey||Completed||01 Mar 1992||
|Classified by the National Trust||Recorded||05 Mar 1979||
|Municipal Inventory||Adopted||17 Nov 1994||Category 1||
An integral part of the Gingin Township since it was built in 1886. Postmasters have resided there until recently. The telegraph was brought to Gingin in 1886 and the Gingin Telegraph Office was opened on the 28th October 1886. Gingin Post Office, a single-storey rendered masonry and tile building, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the place is a rare example of the Colonial Government's Post Office building program and is the oldest extant purpose-built Post Office in Western Australia; the place represents the vigorous lobbying by the Gingin community for its construction and the associated connection to the telegraph line from Perth to Geraldton; the place, in its relatively intact interior of public space, mail room and residence, is a fine demonstration of a rural postal establishment in the late nineteenth century for the receiving, sorting and distribution of mail and telegrams along the horseback routes of the district; the place is representative of a complementary association between Police and Postal service in the early development of public facilities; and the attached residence is a demonstration of the role and lifestyle of the Postmaster at the time.
Gingin Post Office is a single-storey rendered masonry and tile building. It is a rare example of the Colonial Government’s post office building program and is the oldest extant purpose built post office in Western Australia.
This Post Office has a unique style with twin gables and entrance to the office between. The public area is very small. A room for Post Office mail boxes was added to the west side in 1996.
In July 1886, tenders were called for the erection of a Post and Telegraph Office and living quarters at Gingin. Chas H. Smith won the contract with a bid of 684 pounds and 10 shillings. The Post Office was built on Police Reserve land next door to the Police Station. The Telegraph office was officially opened on the 28th October 1886. Early occupants are unknown, but Mr & Mrs Hackett lived there from 1893 to 1914, Mrs Hackett being Postmistress and Mr Hackett (P C.) the Policeman.
The Post Office was one of six (Pingelly, Narrogin, Wagin, Katanning, Broomehill, Mount Barker and Gingin) built to a standard design, varying only in the use of local materials (stone or brick) for approximately 600 pounds as recorded in the Annual Public Works Report for 1892 -1893. The only surviving Post Office still in operation is at Gingin.
The actual designer for the Post Office standard design is not stated but work in the Public Works Office was under the direction of Mr. George Temple - Poole and his influence is evident in the dramatic character of those six buildings which were designed as both Post Office and residence.
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|Dr I H Van Bremen; "Thesis submission for the Doctorate of Philosophy- Dept of Architecture".||UWA||1990|
Individual Building or Group
|Present Use||Transport\Communications||Comms: Post or Telegraph Office|
|Original Use||Transport\Communications||Comms: Post or Telegraph Office|
|Present Use||RESIDENTIAL||Single storey residence|
|SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES||Law & order|
|DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY||Government policy|
|TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS||Mail services|
|OCCUPATIONS||Technology & technological change|
|DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY||Technology & technological change|
|TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS||Technology & technological change|
|TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS||Telecommunications|
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