During the construction of the Public Offices, there was a degree of puzzlement within the local community with its combination of brick and weatherboard facade as seen in the picture above.
As it was a multi-purpose building i.e. with courthouse, police station, post office, council offices etc., it is noteworthy to mention that in the back of the premises, there were also two cells for prisoners constructed of timber with an iron roof. The cells were in a centre of a large stockade enclosed with a three metre fence of galvanised iron.
Unfortunately, the Public Offices building was demolished in the early 1960s.
Reibey Street in December 1903 (Weekly Courier TAHO). Construction of the solicitors office seen at far left is nearing completion.
In terms of building structures over a period of nearly 120 years, very little has changed. Apart from minor modifications to the facades such as the solicitor’s office with two rectangular windows instead of the four arched windows in the original structure and the Taylor’s establishment with an alfresco on the second level, this section of town remains remarkably well preserved.
Reibey Street (TAHO NS869-1-309). The Commercial Bank of Australia seen at far left was completed in 1918. At right is a Google street view of this section of Reibey Street as it appears today.
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