Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany


Heritage Council

Place Number



Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Even nos. only: 32-190

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1915, Constructed from 1867

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020
State Register Registered 07 Dec 2007 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020 Exceptional
Classified by the National Trust Classified 14 May 2007
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Child Places

  • 15552 Drew Robinson & Co (fmr)
  • 00051 Albany Court House Complex
  • 00062 Glasgow House
  • 00059 Argyle House
  • 00061 Ballybane Tearooms (fmr)
  • 00052 J McKail & Co.
  • 15551 Sandover & Co.
  • 15553 Commercial Building
  • 03339 London Hotel
  • 00079 Taxi Rank & Women's Rest Room
  • 00030 Old Albany Post Office
  • 00067 White Star Hotel
  • 27063 House
  • 15548 Everett Buildings
  • 00066 Edward Barnett & Co Building (fmr)
  • 15550 Norman Brothers
  • 15550 Norman Brothers
  • 27067 House
  • 15551 Sandover & Co.
  • 00077 Empire Buildings
  • 00053 Rotunda
  • 15553 Commercial Building
  • 00065 Royal George Hotel
  • 00077 Empire Buildings
  • 15552 Drew Robinson & Co (fmr)
  • 00064 National Bank (fmr)
  • 00058 Albany House
  • 03339 London Hotel
  • 27069 House
  • 27067 House
  • 00067 White Star Hotel
  • 00061 Ballybane Tearooms (fmr)
  • 00079 Taxi Rank & Women's Rest Room
  • 00059 Argyle House
  • 00062 Glasgow House
  • 00060 Western Australian Bank (fmr)
  • 00064 National Bank (fmr)
  • 00066 Edward Barnett & Co Building (fmr)
  • 00052 J McKail & Co.
  • 00068 Buildings
  • 00063 Edinburgh House
  • 00060 Western Australian Bank (fmr)
  • 15549 Commercial Building
  • 00065 Royal George Hotel

Statement of Significance

the historic precinct is a fine and relatively intact example of a late nineteenth century and early twentieth century townscape, dating primarily from 1867 to 1915, demonstrating a range of activities and support infrastructure associated with the foundation and development of a prominent nineteenth century town; the historic precinct is rare as a prominently located townscape with a town plan dating from the foundation of the settlement with a set of finely designed Victorian and Federation period buildings; as the original commercial heart of the town, the historic precinct was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One when Albany was a prominent town in the Colony and Australia, due to its role as the Colony’s coal depot for the international mail and passenger service, which linked Europe to the eastern colonies. This role was expanded with the addition of regional railways and interstate telegraph links; viewed from the harbour and from the western approaches to the town, the historic precinct as a whole is a landmark, strengthened by the strong vertical accents of the Royal George Hotel and the former Post Office; the historic precinct is highly valued by the local community for its aesthetic values and historic associations and, along with the defining topography of the Princess Royal Harbour, Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, is as one of the elements that contributes to the local community’s sense of place and to the identity of Albany; within the precinct, G.T. Poole’s designs for the Post Office and Court House demonstrate creative excellence and J.T. Hobbs’ design for theSandover & Co store, which later became Drew Robinson & Co.’s store, at 108-110 Stirling Terrace makes innovative use of large plate glass windows; and the historic precinct includes buildings designed by prominent architects James Manning, Lt. General Sir J. T. Hobbs, J. Herbert Eales, and George T. Poole, and was historically the location of businesses founded and run by significant Albany and regional identities including Thomas Sherratt, Alexander Moir, John Robinson, Charles Drew, Frank Dymes, Edward Barnett, J.F.T. Hassell, and E.G. Everett.


Generally in good condition.


Name Type Year From Year To
George Temple Poole Architect - -
Lt General Sir J.T Hobbs Architect - -
G. Johnston Architect - -
George C. Inskip Architect - -
J.C Smith Architect - -
T. Anthoness Architect - -
J. Herbert Eales Architect - -
Robert Greenshields Architect - -
James Manning Architect - -
E.N Warne Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7730 Images CD No. 42: Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany Courthouse complex, old Kalgan River Road bridge, new Kalgan River Road bridge. C D Rom 2006
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
8851 Albany waterfront structure plan. Heritage report, heritage impact study. Heritage Study {Other} 2007
8344 Albany waterfront. Brochure 2006
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
255 Evaluation for restoration: historical precinct Stirling Terrace and lower York Street Albany WA Report 1983
11381 White Star Hotel Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2015
11358 Cast iron pillar boxes of Western Australia: An early history of the J & E Ledger foundry Book 2015

Place Type

Precinct or Streetscape


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn
Original Use COMMERCIAL Insurance Building
Original Use COMMERCIAL Restaurant
Original Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Original Use COMMERCIAL Bank
Original Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne
Federation Free Style
Federation Filigree

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Wall STONE Local Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries
OCCUPATIONS Hospitality industry & tourism

Creation Date

05 Jul 2002

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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