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Sandover & Co.


City of Albany

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108-110 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Drew Robinson & Co General Merchants
Lyd's Curtains
Paint & Protective Coating

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1891

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020 Considerable


Very important to the heritage of the locality.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Category B

• Requires a high level of protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any major redevelopment. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Parent Place or Precinct

14922 Stirling Terrace Precinct, Albany

Statement of Significance

Stirling Terrace Precinct:

Stirling Terrace Precinct, a predominantly late Victorian and Federation period townscape set along a segmented crescent plan overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, Albany and containing a diverse range of building types and styles, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the historic precinct is a fine and relatively intact example of a late nineteenth century and early twentieth century townscape, dating primarily from 1867 to 1915, demonstrating a range of activities and support infrastructure associated with the foundation and development of a prominent nineteenth century town;
the historic precinct is rare as a prominently located townscape with a town plan dating from the foundation of the settlement with a set of finely designed Victorian and Federation period buildings;
as the original commercial heart of the town, the historic precinct was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One when Albany was a prominent town in the Colony and Australia, due to its role as the Colony’s coal depot for the international mail and passenger service, which linked Europe to the eastern colonies. This role was expanded with the addition of regional railways and interstate telegraph links;
viewed from the harbour and from the western approaches to the town, the historic precinct as a whole is a landmark, strengthened by the strong vertical accents of the Royal George Hotel and the former Post Office;
the historic precinct is highly valued by the local community for its aesthetic values and historic associations and, along with the defining topography of the Princess Royal Harbour, Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, is as one of the elements that contributes to the local community’s sense of place and to the identity of Albany;
within the precinct, G.T. Poole’s designs for the Post Office and Court House demonstrate creative excellence and J.T. Hobbs’ design for the Sandover & Co store, which later became Drew Robinson & Co.’s store, at 108-110 Stirling Terrace makes innovative use of large plate glass windows;
the historic precinct includes buildings designed by prominent architects James Manning, Lt. General Sir J. T. Hobbs, J. Herbert Eales, and George T. Poole, and was historically the location of businesses founded and run by significant Albany and regional identities including Thomas Sherratt, Alexander Moir, John Robinson, Charles Drew, Frank Dymes, Edward Barnett, J.F.T. Hassell, and E.G. Everett.

Physical Description

Some of the notable features of this place include:
• Set in a group of significant buildings in Stirling Terrace
• This is one half of what was once a matching pair of shops
• Smooth rendered finish to façade
• String course
• Upper and lower level entablatures across building
• Bracketed eaves
• Shop front with picture windows and recessed central doors

Some obvious modifications include:
• Removal of c1914 timber double storey verandah, and later awning and reconstructed bullnose verandah replaced with current skillion roof
• External colour scheme

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


Sandover & Co.
Based on an 1890s photograph (refer Considine and Griffiths report) this building was one of the many Drew Robinson & Co stores along Stirling Terrace in the 1890s and into the early 20th century. This building was constructed in 1891 to a design by Perth architect John Talbot Hobbs and constructed by builders Pringle and Boundy. It was built by the owners Sandover & Co. who leased it to Drew Robinson & Co. Sandover & Co. also owned the original single storey timber and iron building next door (104-106 Stirling Tce) replaced in 1914 with the present two-storey building which was the business premises of the Norman Bros newsagency.

The frontage of the building was almost entirely windows and originally without a verandah. The only masonry elements on the ground floor level were the sandstone stone pilasters with acanthus leaf motif decorated capitals. The shop front had a centrally located door, with large plate glass windows. An entablature with a deep cornice spanned the whole of the shop front. The first floor was made up entirely of windows set between fluted stucco pilasters. A heavy cornice was set over the entablature, supported on console brackets. A double storey timber verandah had been added by c1914 but later removed and replaced by a cantilevered awning as was common along the Terrace.
There have been a number of changes to the original building. The modern shopfronts are in metal frames, while the first floor windows are in modern frames using similar modules to the original pattern. This has maintained the spirit of the of the first floor windows.

Tenancies in the 1990s-2000s have included Paint and Protective Coating Services and Lyd’s Curtains/Albany Curtain Centre and David Lee Rees, Farm advisor. A bullnose verandah was installed around this time and remained until c2010 when it was replaced with a skillion verandah.

Stirling Terrace Precinct

Stirling Terrace is one of the City of Albany’s most significant heritage assets, both as a streetscape and as a collection of Victorian and Federation period buildings overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. Stirling Terrace is located in visually striking topography and its segmented crescent plan form remains basically as it was when first recorded by Surveyor Hillman in 1835. The mature trees and the harmonious architectural composition of diverse building types and styles provide additional visual interest.

Stirling Terrace was developed from the 1830s following the establishment of Albany as part of the Swan River colony, and was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One. The 1835 Hillman survey plan set the scene for the emergence of Stirling Terrace as the prime location in the town, with a rich variety of social, commercial, leisure, institutional and service functions. The majority of the built fabric which remains today was completed in the period 1867 to 1915. The buildings were designed by some of the State’s most eminent architects and many were built for prominent citizens and institutions.

Over the years the commercial focus of Albany has moved to York Street, with many institutions, such as banks and the post office relocating there. Free of substantial development pressure at a critical time, Stirling Terrace has managed to retain many of its historic structures and features. Viewed from the harbour, and from the western approach to the town, Stirling Terrace has a landmark quality as a whole.

Refer also to: Considine & Griffiths Architects in association with Kris Bizzaca, Stirling Terrace, Albany, Conservation Plan, October 2000.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: Moderate




Name Type Year From Year To
Talbot Hobbs Architect 1891 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
R Apperly, R Irving & P Reynolds; "A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture". Angus and Robertson NSW 1989
K Bizzaca; "Stirling Terrace, Albany, Draft Conservation Plan". Considine & Griffiths Architects 2000

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Smooth

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

17 Mar 2000

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Last Update

26 May 2022


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