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1889, Glebe Courthouse Opening - Unfit For Publication
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 3 Jan 1889 1

NEWS OF THE DAY.
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    At a meeting of the Tender Board in connection with the Department of Public Works, held yesterday, the following tenders were opened:—Erection of a courthouse, Glebe, 15 tenders, lowest AB Spier, £2319;

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Evening News, Sat 22 Feb 1890 2

THAT GLEBE FIRE.
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AN INQUEST TO BE HELD.
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    The City Coroner, having been furnished with a report of the fire that occurred at the fancy goods shop of Mr A Purves, at the corner of Mitchell-street and Glebe-road, last week, has decided to hold an inquiry into the circumstances touching the origin of the fire. The inquest will be begun on Tuesday morning next, at 10 o’clock, and will most probably be held in the new courthouse just erected at the Glebe.

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Evening News, Wed 26 Feb 1890 3

THAT GLEBE FIRE.
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THE INQUEST.
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    An inquiry was commenced on Tuesday in the new courthouse, Glebe, before the City Coroner and a jury of 12, into the circumstances touching the origin of the fire that occurred at the fancy goods shop of Mr A Purves, at the corner of Mitchell-street and Glebe-road, on the morning of the 14th instant.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 6 Mar 1890 4

MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.
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GLEBE.

    A meeting of this council was held in the Town Hall on the 3rd instant, when there were present the Mayor (Alderman Burcher) and Alderman [sic] M Chapman, Lucas, Dunn, Seamer, Duncan, Meeks, Law, Conlon, H Chapman, and Burton.

    “That a letter be written to the Mon the Minister for Justice asking when the new court-house at the Glebe will be opened for business.” Carried.

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Evening News, Wed 6 Apr 1892 5

AN UNUSED COURTHOUSE.
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    Mr TJ Houghton, MLA, has written to the Glebe Council with reference to the Glebe Courthouse as follows: “From inquiries I have made I am led to believe that upon application being made to the Department of Justice by your council the new building known as the Glebe Courthouse in Denham-street, which has only been used on seven occasions for revision courts since its completion in 1889, will be handed over to you council to be used in whatever way you may deem best, subject only to the approval of the department being obtained before any alterations are made in the fitting and furniture of the building, and the department to have the right to take the building over again should it be required for the purpose for which it was built (a very unlikely contingency for some considerable period of time), I think you will agree with me that it is a scandalous thing that such a splendid building should remain unoccupied, and as the department is averse to the appointment of additional stipendiary magistrates without which the building cannot be used for court purposes, and as there are may ways in which it might be utilised in the public interest (notably as a school of arts), I sincerely hope you will place the matter before the next meeting of your council with a view to the necessary application being mad to the Department of Justice at an early date. If I can be of any further assistance in the matter you have only to command my services.”

Glebe courthouse constructed 1889. Photo: Peter de Waal
Glebe courthouse constructed 1889. Photo: Peter de Waal

    Considerable discussion took place upon this letter at Monday’s meeting of the Glebe Council, the aldermen generally objecting to take over the building referred to. Alderman Conlon designated it a white elephant. Alderman Law said it would make a good drying shed; and Alderman Duncan, in moving the reference of the letter to a committee, remarked that it would make a good shelter for unemployed. He maintained, however, that the original intention of the building should be carried out, and that the Glebe was entitled to the proper administration of justice within its limits. Alderman Chapman considered that as the building was erected on the suggestion of the council they should do something with the proposal. The matter was referred to the general purposes committee.

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Evening News, Mon 10 Oct 1892 6

NEW COURTHOUSES.
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    The Minister for Justice, Mr RE O’Connor, having failed to find any other use to which to put the new Paddington and Glebe courthouses, has decided that they shall be opened at the beginning of next year and used for the purposes for which they were built. It is about three years since the buildings were erected, at a total cost of about £16,000, but great difficulties arose arranging to conduct business in them without making additional appointments to the magisterial bench; but now it has been settled that the existing stipendiary magistrates can manage the extra work, by attending each morning to deal with lock-up cases, and that the court proper shall be held at each place on three days of the week.

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Evening News, Tue 4 Apr 1893 7

NEW POLICE COURTS
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THE GLEBE
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    The Glebe Police Court was opened this morning for the transaction of ordinary local police business, by Mr GWF Addison, SM. The opening was strictly informal and no ceremony of any sort was observed.

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 3 Jan 1889, p. 7.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 22 Feb 1890, p. 6. Emphasis added.

3     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 26 2 1890, p. 6. Emphasis added.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 6 Mar 1890, p. 5.

5     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 6 Apr 1892, p. 2.

6     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 10 Oct 1892, p. 2. Emphasis added.

7     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 4 Apr 1893, p. 3.