7 High Street, Fremantle

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7 High Street
Bank NSW gnangarra-20.jpg
Former namesBank of New South Wales building
Alternative namesDalgety Building, Millennium[1]
General information
Address7 High Street
Town or cityFremantle
Coordinates32°03′21″S 115°44′33″E / 32.055818°S 115.742567°E / -32.055818; 115.742567Coordinates: 32°03′21″S 115°44′33″E / 32.055818°S 115.742567°E / -32.055818; 115.742567
ClientBank of New South Wales[2]
Technical details
Floor count1
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Salway[1]

7 High Street, Fremantle is a historically-significant building in the Fremantle West End Heritage area of Fremantle, Western Australia. It was constructed for the Bank of New South Wales in 1899, during the gold boom of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and when Fremantle was a primary centre of trade and commerce. The building is largely unchanged since that time, and is a good example of Federation Free Classical architecture: a single-storey stone and brick construction, with fine timber features within and an elaborate stucco façade.[1] The building comprises three rooms and a main bank chamber, and is on the corner of Cliff Street.

The Bank of NSW operated from the premises until 1926,[1] from which time until the 1950s the building was the office of the Swan Wool Scouring Company of WA.

The land was purchased by both R M Lyon sometime between 1829 and 1837, and R Brown in 1855 (it could be that there were multiple lots involved).[clarification needed][1] Brown's son R M Brown inherited the property c.1872 and sold it to R King two years later.

Pearse and Owston purchased the property in 1876[1] and seven years later sold a share to the Bank of New South Wales.[1]

The building is listed on the Register of the National Estate,[3] and the City of Fremantle municipal heritage register.[2]

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Information from the City of Fremantle Interpretation Plaques and Panels Research Project was used as the basis of this article. This project was completed in May 2002 by historian Kristy Bizzaca, and is available by visiting the City of Fremantle's History Centre.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Heritage Council. "Bank of New South Wales (NSW)(fmr)". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b City of Fremantle. "Bank of New South Wales (NSW)(fmr)". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Bank of New South Wales (former), 7 High St, Fremantle, WA, Australia". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2 December 2012.