Statement of Significance
The Penshurst Courthouse is located adjacent to the Post Office, on the corner of Bell and Martin Streets in the centre of Penshurst. The building is typical of Post Offices designed by the Public Works Department in the late nineteenth century, illustrating a notionally Palladian form and the usual Italianate style. The court house was built in 1877 and was designed by the Public Works Department architect, A T Snow. The courthouse closed in the 1980s and is now used to house the Mount Rouse and District Historical Societies collection. The building is in good condition and retains an excellent degree of integrity.
How is it significant?
The Courthouse is of historical and architectural significance to the township of Penshurst and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The former Penshurst Courthouse is of architectural significance as a typical example of the Public Works Department oeuvre. The intactness of its nineteenth century interiors provides an accurate interpretation of its former use as a practicing court. It has further architectural significance as one of a group of substantial civic structures in Martin Street which form a focus for the Penshurst
The former Penshurst Courthouse is of historical significance because it was the location for the administration of justice for the district for over a century. Located in a prominent position next to the post office, the Penshurst Courthouse has further historical significance as a landmark site, and is one of a group of buildings forming the focus of the town.
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Physical Conditions
The building is in good condition
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Physical Description 1
The building is a typical single storey court house with a central room and offices at the rear. The building is symmetrical and has a notionally Palladian form and the usual Italianate style. It is built of bluestone with a cement render. High level windows light the main chamber and there is a fireplace eastern wall with marble mantles. The bench for the magistrate, the witness box and other fittings, as well as loose furniture survive.
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Historical Australian Themes
Theme: 7 Governing
7.6 Administering Australia
7.6.4 Dispensing justice
Theme 8: Developing Australia's cultural life
8.5 Forming Associations
8.5.1 Preserving traditions and group memories
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Usage/Former Usage
Currently used as the meeting place and storage of some historical documents for the Mount Rouse and District Historical Society.
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Integrity
High degree of integrity
COURTHOUSE (FORMER) - Physical Description 2
AT Snow Architect
Heritage Study and Grading
Southern Grampians - Southern Grampians Shire Heritage Study
Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, Annabel Neylon
KOLOR HOMESTEADVictorian Heritage Register H0541
PENSHURST PROTECTORATE SITEVictorian Heritage Inventory
A. J. PAGE ELECTRICAL STORESouthern Grampians Shire
"AMF Officers" ShedMoorabool Shire
"AQUA PROFONDA" SIGN, FITZROY POOLVictorian Heritage Register H1687