Moore's Building


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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42-46 Henry St Fremantle

Location Details

Other Name(s)

W D Moore & Co Warehouse

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1895

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Permanent 29 Oct 1993 Register Entry
Heritage Council

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 27 May 1974

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

(extracted from the Heritage Council’s Register documentation for the place)
Moore’s Buildings, 42 - 46 Henry Street is of considerable significance as an example of the mixed residential, warehousing and merchandising economic base of the West End of Fremantle, in the nineteenth century.

The Moores Buildings record and reflect, in essentially uncompromised examples, the development and change in building methods, building materials and architecture from 1869 through to 1900; a rapidly changing and significant period of growth. The place is rare in this respect.

The place has historic significance relating to the important role of general merchants, and W.D. Moore in particular, in the colonial development of Fremantle, and Western Australia.

The unified façade of the Moores Building, together with the other buildings in Henry Street, plays a significant role in establishing, and maintaining, the ‘gold boom’ (turn of the century) urban character for which the West End of Fremantle is renown.

Physical Description

Moores Building, 42 - 46 Henry Street is located on the eastern side of Henry Street and is situated between High Street and Marine Terrace. This section of Henry Street comprises an intact street of Federation Free Classical and Federation Warehouse buildings dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in response to the gold rush period of the 1880s – 1890s.

The place comprises a complex of housing, stables and warehouse constructed between 1868 and 1899 in the Victorian Georgian and Victorian Academic style of architecture. The backstore was constructed at an earlier unknown date. The buildings are mainly constructed from rubble limestone walls and have brick quoined openings. Roof materials comprise of corrugated iron and some shingled cladding. There is a recent (1990s) corrugated iron clad structure at the rear.

The façade was cement rendered during the gold rush years with rusticated coursings to the ground floor. The two storey stucco frontage also features an asymmetrical triangular pediment over the entrance at the northern end of the façade with decoration to the tympanum. The parapet has engaged pilasters and there are stucco quoinings and arched pediment over and reveals surrounding the timber framed sash windows.

Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.

A Heritage Assessment was prepared in July 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for the proposed external painting to the façade of the building.


Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.

A Heritage Assessment was prepared in July 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for the proposed external painting to the façade of the building.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7467 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005
2227 The Moores Buildings history, evolution and conservation Heritage Study {Other} 1988
428 Moores buildings windows final report Conservation Incentive Program 1992 Report 1994
9880 The Moores project: conservation of the Moores complex of buildings. Brochure 1994

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Warehouse
Original Use FARMING\PASTORAL Stable
Present Use COMMERCIAL Other
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Other Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused

Architectural Styles

Federation Warehouse
Victorian Free Gothic
Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Wall BRICK Handmade Brick
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Roof TIMBER Shingle
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
PEOPLE Early settlers
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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