Statement of Significance
The Kookaburra Cafe and residence are located at the corner of Brown and Elm Streets, Branxholme and opposite the former railway station, was established in the 1920s. It was established by the Price family, who were local bakers and who also owned a guest house. It operated until the 1970s when the business had declined. The cafe was associated in particular with Mrs. Margaret Price, the wife of the baker, Joseph Richard Price. The shop is a simple timber structure with a simple verandah. The attached weatherboard house is a well detailed example of the Californian Bungalow style. The buildings are substantially intact externally and internally. They are in fair condition. The Privet hedge at the front of the residence dates from the 1920s, and is typical of the period. It is also in good condition.
How is it significant?
The Kookaburra Cafe is of historical, social and architectural significance to the township of Branxholme and to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The Kookaburra Cafe is of historical significance for its association with the Price family, a large and important family in the Branxholme community. Of further historical significance is the snapshot that the cafe, residence and privet hedge give of a typical small country town business and home from the 1920s. It is of social significance for demonstrating a past way of life and the shifting fortunes of those who serve a passing trade. It is of architectural significance for its relatively sophisticated use of the Californian Bungalow style.
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Physical Conditions
The buildings are in fair condition.
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Physical Description 1
The Kookaburra Cafe is a single storey timber shop and attached dwelling. The walls of the shop are weatherboard and the roof is corrugated iron. The gabled roof is corrugated iron and the gable is weatherboard with no signage. A verandah in front of the shop extends over the footpath. The house which is in the Californian Bungalow Style is symmetrical about the front door but has asymmetrical gables, the largest over the porch. The piers of the porch are rendered brick with some bricks exposed as decoration. The forms and materials used and the detailing of the house are modest but are all well executed. Both the exteriors and interiors of the cafe and the residence are substantially intact. The colour scheme of the house in particular may predate the Second World War. The buildings are in fair condition. There is a typical privet hedge, (Lingustrum sp.) outside the house on the street boundary.
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Historical Australian Themes
3 Developing local, regional and national economies
3.8.6 Building and maintaining railways
4 Building settlements,towns and cities
4.5 Making settlements to serve rural Australia
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Usage/Former Usage
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Integrity
High degree of integrity externally and internally
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Physical Description 2
Joseph Richard Price, local baker
Margaret Price, owner/operator
KOOKABURRA CAFÉ - Physical Description 3
Heritage Study and Grading
Southern Grampians - Southern Grampians Shire Heritage Study
Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, Annabel Neylon
BASSETT HOMESTEAD COMPLEXSouthern Grampians Shire
POST OFFICE (FORMER)Southern Grampians Shire
WILLIAM HOWARTH'S HOUSESouthern Grampians Shire
"AMF Officers" ShedMoorabool Shire
"AQUA PROFONDA" SIGN, FITZROY POOLVictorian Heritage Register H1687