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District Court-House and Gaol 1843

District Court-House and Gaol 1843

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

District Court-House and Gaol 1843

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Perth
In front of the court-house
on the north side of Drummond Street East
between Craig and Harvey streets

Coordinates: N 44 53.917 W 76 14.712


Plaque Text

This excellently proportioned structure was designed in the Neo-classical style by Malcolm McPherson of Perth. Its notable architectural features are the "floating" semi-circular leaded transoms of the central second storey windows and the temple design. The latter was common to all important public buildings of the period, and is here reflected in the dominating pediment and the well defined projection of the central block. The building was erected 1842-43 as the court-house and gaol of the Bathurst District. It replaced an earlier court-house which had been built on the site in 1822 when the District was established, but had been destroyed by fire in 1841. Since its completion the building has served as a centre for local judicial and municipal administration.

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> Posted October 10, 2009
Please learn the correct use of apostrophes and possessive cases. "Its" and "it's" are NOT the same thing. The plaque uses proper English; the transcription does not. [Editor's Response: Thanks. It's now fixed.]

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