Nestle Complex (fmr)


Shire of Waroona

Place Number



Lot 400 McLarty St Waroona

Location Details

McLarly St/S. W. Hwy

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1950, Constructed from 1932

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Removed 14 Nov 2008 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions or Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 28 Nov 1995 Category 2

Statement of Significance

The former factory is a reminder of the importance of the dairy industry in this area, and the subsequent products manufactured as its secondary industry. The factory provided an important means of employment for the local community as well as beyond, and would have had an impact on the development and growth of the town and its infrastructure.

Physical Description

An industrial complex built for Nestlé and Anglo Swiss Milk Company in 1932, comprising the former milk condensing factory administration building, laboratory building, toilet block, stores, creamery, garages, amenities block, and barracks-style workers’ quarters. A series of mixed styled buildings, in brick, timber weatherboard and corrugated iron , which reflect the pattern of development and growth of the factory operations.


The factory opened in August 1932, built on a portion of Robert Lyons' farm. Waroona was selected as the location for the Nestle factory in WA because of the many dairy farms in the Waroona, Hamel and Cookemup areas and there was a good supply of fresh water. In 1966, Nestle closed its operations due to the loss of local supplies and inability to compete with the manufacturing places closer to Perth, and the factory was taken over by Peters Creameries. The buildings remained empty after Peters ceased operations but small businesses utilised some of the buildings until 1982 when the complex was sold to Charles Hull Contracting Pty Ltd.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7495 Alignment deviation report : Waroona deviation, South Western Highway. Report 2004
7333 Heritage survey and assessment for Waroona deviation. Heritage Study {Other} 2002

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use INDUSTRIAL\MANUFACTURING Housing or Quarters
Original Use INDUSTRIAL\MANUFACTURING Dairy, Butter or Cheese Factory

Architectural Styles

Other Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other BRICK Face Brick
Wall ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, flat
Roof ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, corrugated
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard
Wall METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES Depression & boom
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Technology & technological change
OCCUPATIONS Manufacturing & processing

Creation Date

17 Jun 1991

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Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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