Shire of Northam

Place Number



59 Gordon St Northam

Location Details

Other Name(s)

St John of God Hospital

Local Government



Avon Arc

Construction Date

Constructed from 1902

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Permanent 08 Oct 1996 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Feb 1998 1.Exceptional significance
Classified by the National Trust Classified 02 Jun 1987
Register of the National Estate Permanent 28 May 1996

Statement of Significance

Uralia is a significant building, for its architectural merit, and its association with the Throssell family, who were extremely influential in the district, because of commercial and political interests. It was also used as a maternity hospital for a number of years. Uralia is one of a number of buildings in Gordon Street which reflect the influence of the wealth gained by Northam as a result of the gold rush of the 1890s. It is aesthetically pleasing as a fine residential example of Federation Free style, exhibiting details characteristic of the Architect, Prockter and makes a significant contribution to the streetscape of the prestigious residential sector of Northam.

Physical Description

The single storey masonry residence features a distinctive double storey decorative turret tower topped by a belvedere, front gable, corner bay which rises through the roof as a parapet, and verandahs on four sides. The chimneys are trimmed with an arch design. The wide verandahs are supported by turned timber posts and timber trimming. Includes: entrance gates, approach, and Moreton Bay Fig tree.


Uralia was built in an elevated position on a 17 acre site fronting onto Gordon Street by Lionel Throssell, son of George Throssel, who was MLA for Northam (1890 to 1904) and Premier of WA for a brief period in 1901. The house was alongside 'Fermoy', George Throssell's home. After the collapse of the Throssell business empire in 1911, the bank assumed the property, allowing Lionel Throssell to stay on until Uralia was sold in 1923. The property was subdivided and the house became Rosalyn, a private maternity hospital, operating as such until 1948 when it became St John of God Hospital. For a period after 1973 it was used by the Marist Brothers and then as a classroom by St Joseph's School. It reverted to a private residence in 1985.


Integrity: High degree Authenticity: High degree


Very Good


Name Type Year From Year To
H. J. Prockter, Architect - -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
1998 Municipal Inventory Shire of Northam 1998

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Other Use EDUCATIONAL Primary School
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Other Use HEALTH Hospital

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Local Stone
Wall BRICK Pointed Brick
Wall RENDER Roughcast

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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