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Address Degaris Place also known as Debors Place NARACOORTE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Naracoorte Council Office (former Commercial Bank of SA Naracoorte Branch) and front fence
Registered Name District Council Office and Front Fence
Significance The Commercial Bank of South Australia was established in 1878 during a period of economic optimism in the colony, and the Naracoorte Branch, when opened a year later, was one of its first country branches. In 1884 the Branch moved into these new purpose-built premises, comprising a finely detailed single storey banking chamber and attached manager's residence, designed for the Bank by F W Dancker. However, less than two years later a sensational scandal arising from the embezzlement of nearly three thousand pounds precipitated the collapse of the Commercial Bank, and the building was sold. The Commercial Bank of Australia, based in Melbourne, occupied the building briefly before it too was forced to close during to the Australia-wide depression of the 1890s. The building then became a residence (known as 'Windera') and was associated with two prominent local families over many years, before being purchased by the District Council of Naracoorte in 1968. The building and its intricate wrought iron fence is architecturally significant as a fine example of late Victorian Classical revival architecture of a quality of construction and degree of external decoration not often found in country South Australia. [Adapted from: Breaden & Gullen, Architects, Conservation Plan Naracoorte Council Offices, Naracoorte, March 1991]
Subject Index Finance - Bank; Government - Council Chambers
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 28-MAY-1981
LGA Naracoorte Lucindale
State Heritage ID 10251
Heritage Number 16281
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5820/376 F205969 A623


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