Cairns Courthouse 1919 (former), QLD

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Cairns Courthouse, Australian Courthouses, Courthouse

“The portico on either side will be flanked with independent columns of the Corinthian order. On either side is a balustrade, placed between the main walls, the rail of which is separated by beautifully turned and shaped balusters.” New Cairns Courthouse, The Northern Herald, May, 1919.

The former Cairns Courthouse 1922 – 1992

This building operated as the Cairns Courthouse from 17 January 1922 to 1992.  It ceased operating as a court in 1992. The site was sold and is now the Cairns Courthouse Hotel. More

Murrurundi Courthouse 1840, NSW

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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

Bangalow Courthouse NSW

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Bangalow Courthouse (former) and Police Station

A timber weatherboard construction for the Bangalow Courthouse and Police Station in the Federation era style.

 Bangalow Courthouse, Byron Street, Bangalow, NSW

Built in 1909 the Bangalow Courthouse was constructed alongside the Police lock-up,  which had been erected in 1905.

At the time Bangalow was described as a ‘budding township’, servicing a developing dairying industry, see location map below.  As with any growing community, it needed a police presence with adequate facilities. A number of the original Federation era shop facades lining the main street have been preserved rendering the townscape with special charm.

Before the Bangalow police station and lock-up was built Bangalow police were required to transport people in custody to the Byron Bay Police Station. The Northern Star, November 1904.

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Northam Courthouse, Western Australia


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Northam Courthouse, early Australian Courthouses

Northam Courthouse, Wellington Street, Northam; a Magistrates Court of Western Australia.

Northam Courthouse 1896, Western Australia.

The Northam Courthouse is an operating Magistrates Court serving the agricultural community of Northam, west of Perth in Western Australia.

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Clare Courthouse: a Local and Magistrates Court in the Clare Valley, South Australia

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Clare Courthouse, c1878, South Australia

Clare Courthouse c1878, South Australia

The Clare Courthouse building was constructed in 1878 and occupied in 1880.  It has been in continuous use since that time although there have renovations and additions.

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Holbrook Courthouse (former) 1873, NSW

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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

Gundagai Courthouse, c1861, Gundagai, New South Wales

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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