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Rooney Building

  • 600917
  • 241 - 245 Flinders Street, Townsville

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
21 October 1992
Type
Retail, wholesale, services: Shopping centre
Themes
3.3 Developing secondary and tertiary industries: Developing engineering and construction industries
3.7 Developing secondary and tertiary industries: Financing
3.8 Developing secondary and tertiary industries: Marketing, retailing and service industries
Construction period
1883, Rooney Building (1883 - 1883)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century
Style
Classicism

Location

Address
241 - 245 Flinders Street, Townsville
LGA
Townsville City Council
Coordinates
-19.25764878, 146.81850639

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

Its importance is enhanced because of the contribution these commercial firms made to the development and consolidation of Townsville in the 1880s.

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

While this building is representative of commercial structures of the it is also important as a unifying part of the Flinders Street East area.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

While this building is representative of commercial structures of the it is also important as a unifying part of the Flinders Street East area.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

The long association of a leading building firm with the structure, together with its construction for a prominent commercial and political figure and its later purchase by a longstanding produce firm makes this building significant.

History

The building was constructed for Edmund Harris Thornburgh Plant, mill owner, company director of a number of mines in the Charters Towers-Ravenswood area and a member of parliament from 1905-1923. After construction in 1883 it was occupied by Pollard's Music Store and by the Royal Bank of Queensland from 1890.

In 1892 Rooney & Co., the leading builders of the region, took out a lease and traded from there for the next forty-nine years. In 1917 Rooney Ltd purchased the building and in 1928 modernised the ground floor as a large furniture showroom. The produce firm of Samuel Allen & Sons Ltd, established in the city in 1872, purchased the site in 1953. In 1979 the windows on the first floor were replaced with aluminium and the ground floor facade altered to accommodate three shops or restaurants.

Description

The Rooney Building, constructed in 1883, has a plain symmetrical facade with some classical features such as arched windows and a decorative parapet which conceals the corrugated iron roof. The ground floor facade of this cement-rendered brick building has been altered and the original awning replaced with one of a modern cantilever design. This floor is now divided into three shops. Aluminium windows have replaced the timber framed windows on the upper level while the interior of the first floor has been renovated to house offices.

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Location

Location of Rooney Building within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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