Townsville Post Office

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Townsville Post Office
The Brewery, Flinders Street, Townsville.jpg
The Brewery (formerly the Townsville Post Office) with the second clock tower, 2010
Location 252-270 Flinders Street, Townsville CBD, City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 19°15′31″S 146°49′06″E / 19.2586°S 146.8183°E / -19.2586; 146.8183Coordinates: 19°15′31″S 146°49′06″E / 19.2586°S 146.8183°E / -19.2586; 146.8183
Design period 1870s - 1890s (late 19th century)
Built 1886
Architectural style(s) Italianate
Official name: Townsville Post Office (former)
Type state heritage (built)
Designated 30 May 2003
Reference no. 600911
Significant period 1886-1888 (fabric)
1880s-ongoing (historical, social)
Significant components tower - clock
Builders Dennis Kellcher
Townsville Post Office is located in Queensland
Townsville Post Office
Location of Townsville Post Office in Queensland
Townsville Post Office is located in Australia
Townsville Post Office
Location of Townsville Post Office in Queensland

Townsville Post Office is a heritage-listed former post office and now brewery at 252-270 Flinders Street, Townsville CBD, City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by John James Clark and built in 1886 by Dennis Kellcher. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 30 May 2003.[1]

History[edit]

Townsville Post Office with the first clock tower, circa 1900

The Post Office was constructed in a number of stages. The first stage was a two-storey telegraph office at a cost of almost £6000, following a 1886 extension for a post office (ground floor) with a residence for the postmaster on the upper floor) costing over £8000.[2] Dennis Kellcher submitted a tender and carried out extensions in 1888, while a clock tower was built by Henry L Davis & Co. Chimes were imported from England in 1889 and installed by 1891.[1]

Following the bombing of Darwin, the clocktower was dismantled in 1942 and the mechanism was stored away. A greatly modified tower was built in 1963-64 by JE Allen & Co. of Townsville at a cost of £42,135. The interior was also modernised at this time. Because of its prominent location, the Post Office often became the scene of political rallies around a speaker on a soap box.[1]

In 2001, it was redeveloped as The Brewery, owned by the Townsville Brewing Company. The company brews beer on-site and has a restaurant and bar.[3]

Description[edit]

The Post Office is a cement-rendered brick building, which displays Renaissance features. Its asymmetric facade has a loggia on the lower level, which shades the building along Flinders and Denham Streets and a verandah along the front and side facade of the upper level. The lowpitched hipped roof of corrugated iron extends into four gabled projections, while a slender clocktower and parapeted cupola dominates the corner.[1]

On the upper level, French doors open onto the verandah, with sashed windows in all other openings. The interior is not as intact as the facade because of years of alterations. The building stands in a commanding position in the streetscape at the eastern end of Flinders Mall. It can be seen from across Ross Creek and enhances the western end of historic Flinders Street East. Despite interior modifications, the basic structure is intact and in excellent condition.[1]

Heritage listing[edit]

The former Townsville Post Office was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 30 May 2003 having satisfied the following criteria.[1]

The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland's history.

The Post Office is a most significant building of its type and in its particular location. It is a fine example of a purpose-built colonial government building displaying Renaissance elements.[1]

For over one hundred years it has been a landmark in the streetscape of the town.[1]

The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

The Post Office is a most significant building of its type and in its particular location. It is a fine example of a purpose-built colonial government building displaying Renaissance elements.[1]

The place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

For over one hundred years it has been a landmark in the streetscape of the town.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Townsville Post Office (former) (entry 600911)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "North Queensland History: Original clock tower was "a thing of architectural beauty"". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Townsville Brewery". Townsville Brewery. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

Attribution[edit]

CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article contains text from "The Queensland heritage register" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 7 July 2014, archived on 8 October 2014). The geo-coordinates were computed from the "Queensland heritage register boundaries" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 5 September 2014, archived on 15 October 2014).

External links[edit]

Media related to Townsville Post Office at Wikimedia Commons