Busselton Court House and Police Complex


City of Busselton

Place Number



4 Queen St Busselton

Location Details

Cnr Marine Tce

Other Name(s)

Old Court House & Police Complex Precinct

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1900, Constructed from 1860

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Registered 20 Aug 1993 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Classified by the National Trust Classified 27 Mar 1972
Register of the National Estate Permanent 01 Nov 1983
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jun 1996 Category 1

Statement of Significance

Old Court House and Police Complex Precinct, a collection of Victorian and Federation period civic buildings in various styles, has cultural heritage significance as a very fine collection of public buildings that make a substantial contribution to the streetscape of Busselton. The place represents some of the town’s earliest extant civic buildings constructed under the direction of two of the colony’s most prominent architects and was the location of the town’s original law enforcement and administrative agencies until the mid twentieth century.

Physical Description

The place comprises a series of public buildings that now function as an arts and interpretive centre.Variety of styles relating to both the Victorian and Federation period.


Along with the Agricultural Bank opposite the site, the place was a civic precinct that housed a number of important State services including postal services, courthouse, bond store, police station and lock- up. Buildings were designed by the Public Works Department under the direction of R. R. Jewell and G. T. Poole. Following the closure of the various services and their replacement at other locations, other uses were sought. The place was eventually acquired by the Shire of Busselton and now functions as an arts and interpretive centre. The original goal and customs house were at one time connected to the jetty by a tramway. The court house building is of brick while the other buildings are of limestone or rendered limestone. The roofs were originally shingled but are now of corrugated iron. The buildings are of various ages (1860,1873, 1896-1900).


The site’s long history suggests that it has archaeological potential.


Integrity Notes: The place is no longer used for its intended purpose, but most previous uses are readily apparent. The place retains a moderate degree of integrity. Authenticity Notes: The place has been subject to numerous alterations through time, but the underlying fabric is authentic. Moderate Degree/Moderate Degree




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Report on Busselton Arts Centre" 1979
"Old Busselton Couthouse and Police Complex: Conservation Works Report" 1998
"Old Busselton Courthouse and Police Complex: Conservaton Plan" 1997

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
11778 Busselton Court House and Police Complex Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2020
497 Report on Busselton Arts Centre (former Courthouse and police complex) Busselton Western Australia. Report 1979
3709 Old Busselton Courthouse & Police Complex : final report on conservation works. Heritage Study {Other} 1998
3216 Old Busselton Courthouse and Police Complex : Conservation Plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1997
426 Conservation of the Busselton Arts Centre (former Courthouse and police complex) Busselton Western Australia : a report. Heritage Study {Other} 1984

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Courthouse
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Police Station or Quarters
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow
Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS River & sea transport
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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