Bungendore Courthouse (former) 1864, New South Wales

Bungendore Courthouse NSW, old Australian courthouses, early Australian Courthouses, Colonial Australian courthouses, Australian legal historyThe former Bungendore Courthouse building in Gibralter Street, Bungendore, is no longer in use as a courthouse. Constructed of sandstone it is surrounded by gardens and now used as a Police Station.  Bungendore is a small town not far from Canberra in an easterly direction and part of the Queanbeyan area of New South Wales.  See location map below.

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Orange Courthouse 1883, Orange, Central Tablelands, New South Wales

Please note: if you have landed here looking to contact the Court please click the NSW Department of Justice – Orange Court House contact information here.

Orange Courthouse The Orange Courthouse lies on the corner of Lords Place and Byng Street, opposite Robertson Park, Orange, New South Wales. 

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Armidale Courthouse 1858, Armidale, Northern Tablelands, New England, NSW

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Armidale Courthouse, 145 Beardy Street, Armidale, NSW

Armidale Courthouse 1859, Armidale, New South Wales

The Armidale Courthouse and Sherriffs Office at 143-145 Beardy Street,  Armidale, in the Northern Tablelands was an operating Local Court of New South Wales until 2014.  See a location map below. More

Murrurundi Courthouse 1840, NSW

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Please note: if you have landed here looking to contact the Court click here to go to the Murrurundi Local Court contact information.  

Murrurundi Murrurundi Courthouse, Murrurundi, New South Wales

Murrurundi is a rural town on the banks of the Pages River, located in the upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.  The town is surrounded by the Liverpool Ranges, in   which various bushrangers roamed in the 1840s.  Ben Hall, one of the most well known  bushrangers, spent some of his early years in the Murrurundi district. More

Berry Courthouse (former) 1892, Berry, NSW

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Berry Courthouse (former), 1892, 55 Victoria Street, Berry, New South Wales.

The Berry Courthouse was designed by the colonial government architect James Barnet.  (Read about James Barnet on the Australian Dictionary of Biography site here.)

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Holbrook Courthouse (former) 1873, NSW

Please note, if you have landed here looking for the contact details of the Holbrook Local Court, please go to the NSW Department of Justice – Holbrook Court House here.

Holbrook courthouse, old Australian courthouses, early Australian courthousesHolbrook Courthouse, Albury Street, Holbrook, New South Wales

The Holbrook Courthouse building today has had various predecessors, the first in 1872.  The Court facilities, as a place for the administration of justice has also had different functions from being a Mining Warden’s Court to a Court of Petty Sessions to a Local Court.

Holbrook is a country town south west of Sydney on the Hume Highway, see location map below.  Holbrook was known as Germanton in 1858, and other names before that: see the Holbrook website.  In 1914 it was changed to Holbrook, in honour of the daring feats of Commander Norman Holbrook VC during WW1.  More

Port Augusta Courthouse 1884, SA


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Please note: if you have landed here looking to contact the Port Augusta Magistrates Court please see their contact details here.

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Port Augusta Courthouse (former), SA

Port Augusta Courthouse 1884, South Australia

Port Augusta had a resident Magistrate as early as 1856, (South Australian Register, 1856).  In 1858 estimates were made for a courthouse and custom’s house, (The South Australian Register, 1858), drawings for a courthouse were eventually done and advertised eight years later, (South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 7 July 1866). More

Gundagai Courthouse, c1861, Gundagai, New South Wales

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Please note, if you landed here looking for the contact and location details of the Gundagai Local Court, please go to their website here.

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Gundagai Courthouse, first courthouse constructed in 1859, NSW

Gundagai Courthouse, Gundagai, New South Wales

Gundagai is a country town on the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales, see location map below.  The area is widely known for its Dog on the Tuckerbox Statue, just outside of town off the Hume Highway.

Gundagai has had courthouse facilities of one kind or another for over a hundred years. See a detailed history including architectural drawings of the Gundagai Courthouse in the Gundagai Gaol & Courthouse Conservation Management Plan1 ical account The Gundagai Courthouse

Early repairs and developing the grounds

In 1870 repairs to the North Gundagai Courthouse and improvements to its approach had stalled.  Reporting on the matter it seemed that the first choice of contractor was the cause of the delay in repairing “our local temple of justice”.  In addition the contractor allegedly had failed to keep costs ‘to an economical scale.’

Improving a ‘mean’ entrance

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Willunga Courthouse (former), 1855, South Australia

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The former Willunga Courthouse 1855, South Australia

Willunga Courthouse and Police Museum, c1855, Willunga, South Australia.

The Willunga Courthouse nestles in picturesque setting in the almond blossom and wine region of Willunga, see location map below.

In 1854 the Willunga magistrate requested the authorities for improvements to be made to the facilities being used for court proceedings.  He felt that in using the local Bush Inn   “it was impossible to maintain the degree of order and decorum required in a court of justice…” More

Auburn Courthouse 1860, South Australia

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Auburn Courthouse (former) 1860, St Vincent Street, Auburn, SA

The Auburn Courthouse and Police Station, Auburn, c1860, South Australia.

Auburn is a small town in the Clare Valley agricultural and wine growing region, in the mid north of South Australia, see location map below. More