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Western Australian Bank (fmr)


City of Albany

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142-144 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Gt Southern Development Commission
Haynes Robinson, Bank of New South Wales- NSW

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977

Heritage Council
Statewide Bank Survey Adopted 01 Nov 1997

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Category B

• Requires a high level of protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any major redevelopment. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Statement of Significance

This 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 GSDC office was formerly the Bank of NSW and has also been used as legal offices. The strong elements of Federation Free Style architecture include the grouping of windows under a decorative parapet that conceals the roof.

Physical Description

Very high integrity
Set amongst a group of significant buildings in Stirling Terrace
Two storey
Has a number of features characteristic of Federation Academic Classical architecture
Smooth rendered façade (second storey)
Lower storey finish is smooth rendered ashlar
Paired groups of arched windows with classical pillars and prominent architraves
String course and entablature
Horizontal emphasis with bracketed course at roofline level
The entry doors either side of a pair of large arched windows are surmounted by prominent gabled
A number of classical motifs have been employed to embellish the façade


This building, constructed in the Federation Academic Classical style, has many features identical to those of
the neighbouring building on the eastern side. The building was originally constructed for the Commercial
Bank of Australia in 1890. The contract included the demolition of the existing single storey buildings on the
site. By 1897 the Western Australian bank had taken over the premises from the Commercial Bank.
The ground floor of the building had a rusticated base with two entrance doors with classically derived
casements made up of plain pilasters, cornices, scrolled brackets and tympanum. A pair of arched windows
was set between the doors. A deep cornice was set above the entablature and this was supported on brackets.
There was an open balustrade at parapet level, with piers at each end and a raised panel buttressed by scrolls
and tympanum above. There were urns on top of each of the piers. In 2000 the parapet level on both
buildings has been removed as have the urns and tympanum The whole building has been painted.
Over the years the building has been used for a number of things, including as a legal offices. In 2000 it was
occupied by the Great Southern Development Commission.
Stirling Terrace is one of the City of Albany's most significant heritage assets, both as a streetscape and as
a collection of Victorian and Federation period buildings overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. Stirling
Terrace is located in visually striking topography and its segmented crescent plan form remains basically
as it was when first recorded by Surveyor Hillman in 1835. The mature trees and the harmonious
architectural composition of diverse building types and styles provide additional visual interest.
Stirling Terrace was developed from the 1830s following the establishment of Albany as part of the Swan
River colony, and was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees
from the 1830s until World War One. The 1835 Hillman survey plan set the scene for the emergence of
Stirling Terrace as the prime location in the town, with a rich variety of social, commercial, leisure,
institutional and service functions. The majority of the built fabric which remains today was completed in the
period 1867 to 1915. The buildings were designed some of the State's most eminent architects and many
were built for prominent citizens and institutions.
Over the years the commercial focus of Albany has moved to York Street, with many institutions, such as
banks and the post office relocating there. Free of substantial development pressure at a critical time, Stirling
Terrace has managed to retain many of its historic structures and features. Viewed from the harbour, and from
the western approach to the town, Stirling Terrace has a landmark quality as a whole.


Modifications: Removal of parapet, balustrading, tympanum and urns


Name Type Year From Year To
John Talbot Hobbs Architect - -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
K Bizzaca; "Stirling Terrace, Albany, Draft Conservation Plan". Considine & Griffiths Architects 2000
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". City of Albany 1994
R Apperly, R Irving & P Reynolds; "A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture". Angus and Robertson 1989
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
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

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Original Use COMMERCIAL Bank

Architectural Styles

Federation Academic Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall RENDER Smooth

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

27 Jun 1988

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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