Albany Courthouse 1895-96, Albany, Western Australia

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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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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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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

Cairns Courthouse 1919 (former), QLD

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“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

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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Water Police Court 1886, Sydney

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The Water Police Court in Phillip Street Sydney ceased operating as a court in 1979. See location map below.  The former courthouse is now the Justice and Police Museum.  The sandstone building was designed by Edmund Blacket, and subsequently Alexander Dawson and James Barnett.  It was completed in 1855.

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

Please note: if you have landed here looking to contact the Court please see the Court Sitting Locations of the SA Courts Administration Authority here for information.

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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

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

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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