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Scaffolding comes down on Post Office

After four months the scaffolding on the historic Broken Hill Post Office has come down and the old girl has had a refresh and a bit of a polish.

The heritage listed building, originally built between 1890 and 1892, needed some much-needed maintenance and a few upgrades.

Robert Blumenthal, Area Manager Metro and Rural NSW for Australia Post, said the work was a combination of general maintenance, upgrades and restoration of the coat of arms, plus replacement of the clock.

“Australia Post was committed to restore the building as it is a community hub for Broken Hill,” he told us.

“The building has been restored on the outside and has a new refreshed look on the inside, with new carpet, painting and an upgraded fit out.

“After the restoration, the coat of arms is looking fantastic.

“Over the weekend staff came in and worked to restock shelves and help with the new fit out inside the building.

“Our staff in Broken Hill are very invested in the community and we want to give them a huge shout out for all the work they have done over the weekend,” Mr Blumenthal said.

Work still has a few weeks to go before being completed with a few finishing touches such as replacement of the roof sheets that were removed to fit the scaffolding.

One feature of the newly installed clock is the ability for the Postal Manager to have a little fun and change the background colour of the face with an app.

Postal services began in Broken Hill in 1886, just four years before the iconic towered building was erected.

The building was added to in 1900 with the addition of the telegraph office and then again in 1902 when the clock was installed in the tower.

It is considered aesthetically significant because it is a strong example of the Federation Free Classical style with Arts and Crafts influence, and this adds to the visual appeal of the civic precinct in marking the centre of town.

As an early example of this architectural style, Broken Hill Post Office is considered to be rare in NSW.

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