Parkville House


City of Albany

Place Number



136 Brunswick Rd Albany

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1850

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Statement of Significance

Parkville is a substantial two storey residence with high streetscape value. The residence has aesthetic, historic and representative heritage significance.

Physical Description

Substantial two storey residence with views across jetty and over town Prominent gabled wing with projecting bay at lower level on front elevation Verandah on front side, with timber posts and timber balustrading is original Smaller ornamental roof gable on side elevation


Parkville was built in the colonial period as a Georgian style, two-storey cottage. (It was seen in a photo in 1863.) The house was thought to have been originally built for the residence of the Head Gaoler at the gaol, and then situated over the road in Lawley Park. It was extended in the 1890s for retired Point King lighthouse keeper, Samuel Mitchell, who intended to operate a guesthouse. It was during this renovation that the Federation façade was added. Since the 1890s it has been used as some form of boarding or guesthouse. During the Great Depression years both the top and bottom verandah areas were enclosed for extra accommodation. At this time it became a 14-bedroom establishment. In World War II the guesthouse was used as Rest and Recreation accommodation for visiting American submariners. After the war the house was converted to a girls hostel to lodge country girls who came to Albany for either school or work. In 1994, it was called the "Colonial Guest House", owned by David and Chrisitne Duvall. Purchased by the Malcari family in 1995, the dwelling continued as a guesthouse until converted into a private residence in 1998. Arthur and Heather Malacari spent much time and effort sensitively restoring the house including building the verandah and gable on the west side of the residence.


Integrity: Moderate Modifications: Additions at rear Side verandah added to protect exposed brickwork from weather Addition of gable on side elevation Enclosure of verandah at upper level with glass




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage Database City of Albany 1995
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". 1994
C Day; "Oral history interview with Heather Malacari" Heritage Today 2000
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Filigree

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

10 Mar 2000

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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