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Limestone Quarry

Author

City of Rockingham

Place Number

24537
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Location

Chesterfield Rd East Rockingham

Location Details

Local Government

Rockingham

Region

Metropolitan

Construction Date

Constructed from 1850, Constructed from 1950

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 19 Apr 2013

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 24 Apr 2018 Category A

Category A

Worthy of the highest level of protection- recommended for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places. Development would require consultation with the City of Rockingham. Maximum encouragement to the owner should be provided under the City of Rockingham Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. A detailed Heritage Assessment* and Impact Statement should be undertaken before approval is given for any major redevelopment. Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be also be considered.

Statement of Significance

Construction - Mid 1800s
•The place has historic value as a source of a rare building material within the state and appears to be localised to the East Rockingham area with many of the older houses being constructed from the stone.
•The place has social value for its association with the early settlers in the area and demonstrates the tough physical conditions faced in the construction of the first substantial homes.
•The place has research value as the material sourced from this quarry is a localised stone with unique characteristics which could provide valuable information for students of geology.
•The place has research value as the techniques used to extract the stone were employed at this site until the 1950s and the remains in the landscape may reveal information on the methods of quarrying used in the 19th and early 20th century.

Physical Description

The limestone quarry lies within an ecological conservation area off Mandurah Road within East Rockingham. The site is inland and cannot be seen from the main road, being accessed via a sandy track known as Chesterfield Road.
The area has become bushland following the cessation of quarrying which obscures much of the evidence of the quarry. Small areas of rocky outcrops are scattered through the site. The main evidence of the quarry is a crusted edge of approximately 300mm in a clearing which shows evidence of stone being cut leaving a stepped or jagged edge.
The limestone is known as a vuggy lacustrine limestone, more commonly known as swampstone, coral stone or honeycomb limestone. The term ‘vuggy’ refers to the network of chambers that creates the honeycomb appearance. It is a softer material that tends to harden with exposure to air.

History

This quarry is believed to be the source of building materials for local buildings constructed in the mid-19th century. It is probable that given the proximity of Chesterfield House that this quarry was the source of the stone for that building. Little direct documentary evidence has been found, however, to substantiate direct linkages between this quarry and the adjacent properties ‘Chesterfield House’, ‘Woodbine’, ‘Hymus House’ and ‘Leaholm’ amongst others. James Bell who built his own cottage ‘Woodbine’ is believed to have built ‘Chesterfield House’ and he may have quarried the stone himself from the quarry.

Archaeology

Condition - Poor

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High
Authenticity: High

Condition

Poor

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Aerial Photographs Landgate 1953-2012
"Chesterfield House, Chesterfield Road, East Rockingham, Conservation Plan for the City of Rockingham". p.19 City of Rockingham November 1999
Palassis Architects; "City of Rockingham Municipal Heritage Inventory, Thematic Framework and Historical Overview". p.15 City of Rockingham 2011

Place Type

Historic site

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused
Original Use INDUSTRIAL\MANUFACTURING Other

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Resource exploitation & depletion
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Settlements
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

07 Nov 2012

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

14 Feb 2020

Disclaimer

This information is provided voluntarily as a public service. The information provided is made available in good faith and is derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the matters discussed herein and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.