Heritage Status Town of Wundowie

Town of Wundowie Given Heritage Status

Great news for all Wudowie residents, The Town of Wudowie has been granted Heritage Status by The National Trust of Australia (WA) on 16/08/2011. This a very significant and historic achievement.

The Reasons

Wundowie has cultural heritage significance for the following:

    • The place has aesthetic significance arising from its Garden City design
    • The town has high landscape aesthetic Significance and the design sits appropriately in a shallow valley
    • The residential development within the town is of a consistent vernacular architectural style and is of high aesthetic significance.
    • The community of residents and workers have initiated public artworks based on town design themes of aesthetic significance.
    • The success of its design and viability of its economic foundation is a model of achievement and aesthetic significance
    • The town has aesthetic significance through its intact street scape values of the original design approach.
    • The town has historic significance as a wartime initiative to address post war industrial development.
    • The transfer of Garden City design principles from Britain and~he metropolitan area to a rural industrial site is of historic significance.
    • Wundowie has historical significance through being the first twentieth century purposely dedicated industrial town.
    • Through the high standard of products and techniques, Wundowie has historical significance.
    • The town has scientific value due to its potential to demonstrate the history of iron and rare earth materials plus the industrial technology in Western Australia.
    • The town demonstrates social significance through the vitality of its community organisation.
    • Wundowie is rare as it retains a cohesive urban form demonstrating life in a Garden City designed rural industrial town.
    • The town and the industry demonstrates representativeness as a beginning of the iron industry in Western Australia.
    • Wundowie is a town specifically designed for the iron industry and set the pattern for the later industrial towns in the Pilbara Region and thus demonstrates Representativeness.

The Assessors

  • Don Newman and Fiona Bush Date: October 2009

The Classification Process

Committee Recommendation:                                                     Date: 20/12/2010
Classification Standing Committee Recommendation:            Date: 17/01/2011
Council Resolution:                                                                        Date: 08/08/2011
Owner Advised:                                                                              Date: 16/08/2011
Local Government Authority Advised:                                          Date: 16/08/2011
Heritage Council Advised:                                    Registration    Date: 16/08/2011

Read Full Assessment Report

To view the full report submitted to the National Trust of Australia (WA) please click on the link below

Format: PDF – Winzip
Size: 6 MB

Download Wundowie Heritage Assessment