Northam Post Office on new Commonwealth Heritage List
Posted on Wednesday, 21 July 2004
The Northam Post Office is one of the first 336 sites around Australia to be inscribed on the new Commonwealth heritage list, according to Member for Pearce Judi Moylan.
Commonwealth properties with natural, indigenous or cultural heritage value will be identified and protected in the interests of their true owners – the people of Australia.
“I am proud to say that The Northam Post Office is part of the largest single heritage listing in 25 years,” Ms Moylan said.
Northam Post Office, Northam
Built in 1908, the Northam Post Office is a large-scale, two-storey red brick and iron post office building. It is an architecturally distinguished building with high level clerestory windows adding a sense of height and scale to the building. Its construction is the result of expanded postal services in WA's rural sector under combined administration of the Commonwealth Post Department and WA Public Works Department.
“All the places listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List have a story to tell us. Some of these places were built by convicts, or played an important role in the nation’s communication or war efforts. Others have important natural values,” Ms Moylan said.
Places being listed around the country range from the well-known — such as the Australian War Memorial and the Cape Byron Lighthouse — to the local, such as post offices, military training areas, customs houses, barracks and fire stations.
The Commonwealth Heritage List can be found at www.deh.gov.au