What is significant?
The former Cavendish lock - up, located behind the Police Station in Scott Street, Cavendish is a single storey symmetrical bluestone building. The roof is a simple gable. It has a porch with an iron bar door and two cells each with heavy timber doors. The walls incorporate a ventilation system but light is provided only by small barred windows high in the wall. The design is standard for the Public works Department and identical to the lock-ups at Dunkeld and Balmoral. It is part of a complex of other police buildings. The building is in good condition and retains a high degree of integrity.
How is it significant?
The former Cavendish lock -up is of historical and architectural significance to the township of Balmoral and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The former Cavendish lock-up is of historical significance for its long association with the enforcement of law and order in both the township and surrounding area. It is of further historical importance for its association with many important events which ended in the incarceration of prisoners, such as the shearing strikes of the 1890s, and for its prominent location in the historical centre of the township. The lock up is important for demonstrating a previous local practice of incarcerating prisoners in local lockups, rather than having them serve sentences in large prisons. The former lock up is of architectural significance for its strong, simple purposeful design and its comparative value with other identical lock-ups.