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Gingin Post Office


Shire of Gingin

Place Number

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16 Brockman St Gingin

Location Details

Cnr Brockman & Constable Streets

Local Government



Avon Arc

Construction Date

Constructed from 1886

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 27 Feb 1996 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
Statewide Post Office Survey Completed 01 Mar 1992

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 05 Mar 1979

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Nov 1994 Category 1

Category 1

A place of exceptional cultural heritage significance to Shire of Gingin and the state of Western Australia, that is either in the Heritage Council of WA's Register of Heritage Places or worthy of consideration for entry in the Register. A development application needs to be submitted to the Heritage Council for any proposed development. Recommend: Retain and conserve the place. Full consultation with property owner prior to making the recommendation.

Statement of Significance

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.

Physical Description

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.


Very Good


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Dr I H Van Bremen; "Thesis submission for the Doctorate of Philosophy- Dept of Architecture". UWA 1990

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use Transport\Communications Comms: Post or Telegraph Office
Original Use Transport\Communications Comms: Post or Telegraph Office
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Wall RENDER Roughcast
Roof TILE Cement Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Technology & technological change
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Technology & technological change
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Technology & technological change

Creation Date

24 Jan 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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