The small brick shop and attached timber residence at 102 Whyte Street Coleraine are an example of a vernacular building type typical of small towns in the mid-nineteenth century. They can be compared with examples of similar scale and date or contrasted with later, grander examples elsewhere in Whyte Street. The shop seems to date from before 1866. It was first occupied by John L'Estage as a store. It was sold in 1874 by the Crown to Robert C Miller, a chemist. Miller added a residence to the shop in the same year. He remained the owner until the early twentieth century and during this time leased the shop to four consecutive chemists: William Tate in 1877; John Nicholas from 1883-1894; Frederick Spooner, from 1894-1899; and Robert Poynter from 1899-1906. Poynter was an important person who served the local community as a chemist, and later as a dentist. In 1906 Poynter moved his business to the store at the corner of Whyte and Winter Streets, the former S G Henty & Co Store, which was then renovated. He left Edward Poynter in charge of the shop at the corner of Whyte and Gage Streets. The shop is now unoccupied. The shop and residence are in fair condition and retain a high degree of integrity.
How is it significant?
The shop and residence at 102 Whyte Street, Coleraine are of historical and architectural significance to the community of Coleraine and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The shop and residence at 102 Whyte Street, Coleraine are of historical significance for their early date, believed to be among the earliest surviving commercial premises in Whyte Street. The shop and residence have further historical significance for their constant occupation by a series of chemists and particularly for their association with Edward Poynter, a chemist who subsequently became a dentist, and who was one of the leading citizens in Coleraine in the first half of the twentieth century.
The buildings are of architectural significance for their simple vernacular forms and intact conditions which help demonstrate the range of shops and residences in Whyte Street.