Newcastle Court House

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Newcastle Court House
Newcastle courthouse OIC.jpg
Newcastle Court House (former) is located in New South Wales
Newcastle Court House (former)
Newcastle Court House (former)
Location in New South Wales
General information
TypeFormer court house; university campus
Architectural styleVictorian Italianate
Location9 Church Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Coordinates32°55′49″S 151°46′56″E / 32.9302332108°S 151.7822679520°E / -32.9302332108; 151.7822679520Coordinates: 32°55′49″S 151°46′56″E / 32.9302332108°S 151.7822679520°E / -32.9302332108; 151.7822679520
Construction started1890
OwnerNihon University
Technical details
MaterialExternal brickwork; internal timber joinery; slate roof
Floor area5,181 square metres (55,770 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firmColonial Architect of New South Wales
Main contractorC. Coghill
Official nameNewcastle Court House
Designated2 April 1999
Reference no.00796

The Newcastle Court House is a heritage-listed former court house located at 9 Church Street, Newcastle, City of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. It is now owned by Nihon University. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[1]


The Newcastle Court House was designed by the Colonial Architect, James Barnet, and construction was supervised by his successor, Walter Liberty Vernon. The Court House was constructed by the contractor C. Coghill and completed in 1892 at a cost of £14,798/12/2 pounds. This building replaced an earlier Court House built in 1841 which after several additions had outgrown its usefulness.[1]

The building was used as a court house from 1892 until February 2016 when a new court house building was completed in Newcastle's Civic Place. In December 2016 the former court house building was sold for A$6.6 million and was converted in an offshore campus for the Nihon University of Japan.[3][4]


The Newcastle Court House is a grand Victorian Italianate building which provides an impressive terminating focal point to Bolton Street. The design is symmetrical comprising a large arched tower entrance to the central Court Room with a recessed portico decorated with classically derived moulded details. This building is flanked on either side with single storey wing buildings which also have impressive decorative mouldings with raised pediments and pilasters dividing the window openings.[1]

The Newcastle Court House is constructed in rendered brick with applied cement moulded details.[1]

The court house of 1890-2 was extended to the east for offices and court rooms. Two trial courts were later added to the west of the building. There were extensive alterations and additions carried out to the 1892 and the 1949 buildings in 1982.[1]

Repairs following the 1989 Newcastle earthquake were undertaken in 1991.[1]

It was reported to be in good condition as at 30 October 2000.[1]

Heritage listing[edit]

The Newcastle Court House is a fine and impressive building sited prominently in Bolton Street, Newcastle. Designed in the Victorian Italianate style it remains substantially intact and a grand example of late 19th century civic architecture within the town. The building has a lengthy association with the provision of justice in the district.[1]

Newcastle Court House was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Newcastle Court House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00796. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Newcastle Courthouse (Place ID 1297)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 21 March 1978. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ McGowan, Michael (24 March 2017). "Nihon University buys former Newcastle Court House for $6.6 million as first international campus". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ Cox, Dan (15 December 2016). "Heritage-listed courthouse in Newcastle goes under the hammer for $6.6m". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 7 November 2017.


  • Brian Carberry - Building Associates - Architects (1997). Newcastle Courthouse - Renovations.
  • Fellner, Carrie (2016). 'Is this our next post office saga - fears for future of landmark building as sale stuck in limbo'.


CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article was originally based on Newcastle Court House, entry number 00796 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 2 June 2018.

External links[edit]

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