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

Orange Courthouse New South Wales

 


The current Orange Courthouse building was designed by the Colonial Government Architect James Barnet. Construction was completed in 1883. Previous buildings existed on the site, the first being erected in 1847, around the time of the town’s settlement, and operated as a Court of Petty Sessions, being the usual arrangements in those times.

Orange was proclaimed a municipality in 1860, the first meeting being held in the Courthouse, located on the same site as today, but a different structure.

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Port Adelaide Courthouse 1882 (former), SA

Port Adelaide Courthouse (former)

 

Port Adelaide CourthouseThe old Port Adelaide Courthouse constructed in 1882 lies adjacent to the earlier Port Adelaide Police Station built in 1861. Inquests into deaths, often due to drownings following heavy drinking at local pubs, were held. These were inquests by juries in those times before the local police magistrate.

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

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Armidale Courthouse, old Australian Courthouses, colonial Australian Courthouses, courthousesThe 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 January 2014.  The first courthouse was constructed in 1844 with a more substantial building erected in 1858, in the Classical Revival style.

 

Norwood Courthouse 1937, SA

Former Norwood Courthouse

Former Norwood CourthouseThe Norwood Courthouse 1937 in Norwood, Adelaide was one of the few police courthouse buildings built during the interwar period.  It was reported at the time as being the ‘most commanding building outside the City’.

Holbrook Courthouse (former) 1873, NSW

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Holbrook Courthouse, early Australian Courthouses, old Australian Courthouses, colonial Australian courthouses, Australian legal history, administration of justice
In 1872 the Courthouse at Holbrook, once known as Germanton, housed a very small courtroom, described as an “apology”. Despite the cramped conditions, many matters were dealt within it.

Gundagai Courthouse, c1861, Gundagai, New South Wales

Gundagai Courthouse

Gundagai-sideGundagai is a country town on the Murrumbidgee River in southern NSW. Famous for its statue of a dog sitting on a tuckerbox, immortalised in a song, Gundagai has a long history of settlement. The Gundagai Courthouse occupies an elevated position above the main street, affording it a commanding view over the township and the surrounding picturesque river valley.

Auburn Courthouse 1860, South Australia

Auburn Courthouse, Auburn Courthouse and Police Station.old Australian courthouses, early Australian courthouses The Auburn Courthouse in Auburn in the mid-north of South Australia was constructed in 1860 of local bluestone. Auburn was an important stop-over point at the time from the mining areas around Burra to the north and the coastal port on St Vincent’s Gulf.