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Higham's Buildings


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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101 High St Fremantle

Location Details

Cnr Market St

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1890

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified 28 Oct 1974

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1B

Level 1B

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is required. It is recommended that this place be considered for entry in the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.

Statement of Significance

The Higham Buildings have landmark significance as they are situated on the corner of High and Market Streets. The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The place is a fine example of a Federation Free Classical style building, with elaborate stucco decoration above the ground floor level, that makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. Awning and shop fronts are not significant.

Physical Description

Two storey prominent and rendered building of co-joined retail shops that return along Market Street with a zero setback from the pavement. The name 'Higham's Buildings' is featured below the highly decorative stucco pediment in the parapet facing High Street, (there are three decorative pediments down Market Street) 'EST. d1853' is in stucco across the truncated corner. The facade has ashlar effect pilasters dividing the building into bays, there are pairs of double hung sash windows with either fanlights or transom lights, the corner has stained glass leadlight (probably not original). There are awnings over the shop fronts (probably not original).


High Street was named by Surveyor General Roe - as was customary in English towns, the main street of the town was named High Street. Eastward from William Street the roadway was completed by convict labour after the Town Hall was built in 1887. High Street around the Town Hall closed to traffic in 1966. The High Street Mall was trialled in November 1973 and made a permanent pedestrian mall in 1975.
The first building on this site was a store and residence owned by Mrs M. Higham in the 1850s and 1860s. The date on the current building records the establishment of that original business, not the date of the building's construction. The first buildings were replaced in the 1890s by the 'new' Higham buildings and added to in the 1900s. The building remained in the Higham family until 1974.
Currently (2013), various retail outlets.



Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex
Other Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Other GLASS Glass
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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