Albany Courthouse 1895-96, Albany, Western Australia

If you have landed here looking to contact the Albany Magistrates Court you can find those details by clicking here.

Albany Courthouse, 184 Stirling Terrace, Albany, Western Australia.

The Albany Courthouse is an operating Magistrates Court for civil and criminal matters in Albany, Western Australia, see location map below.  The Court also has a District Court Registry for civil actions.

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Young Courthouse (former), New South Wales

Courthouses in Young, New South Wales

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Please note: if you have landed here looking for the Young Local Court contact and location details please go to the NSW Government Local Courts – Young, here. 

early Australian courthouses, old Australian courthouses, Young courthouse (former), James BarnetYoung, a town on the south-west slopes of New South Wales was settled in 1826. See location map below.  Known initially as Lambing Flat, the discovery of gold in the 1860s soon attracted large numbers of miners and prospectors to the area.  However tensions among them led to riots and unrest.  Eventually Lambing Flat became known as Young.

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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

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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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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

Berry Courthouse (former) 1892, Berry, NSW

Berry Courthouse, early Australian Courthouses

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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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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Port Augusta Courthouse 1884, SA


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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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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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