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Primaries Wool Stores


z Fremantle ARCHIVED 201216

Place Number

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119 South Tce Fremantle

Location Details

Cnr Russell St

Other Name(s)

Primaries Apartments

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1923, Constructed from 1925

Demolition Year


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Statement of Significance

Primary Woolstores (Fmr), 119 South Terrace, is a multi storey brick and iron warehouse built in the Inter-War Stripped Classical tyle of architecture. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It represents the expansion of Fremantle in the gold boom period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is historically significant as a representation of commercial buildings in the Fremantle area.

Physical Description

The former Primaries Wool Store, 119-123 South Terrace, is a multistorey brick and iron building in the Inter-War Stripped Classical style of architecture. The walls are red face brick. The roof is hipped, and clad in iron. There are louvred windows to the top section of the front elevation. There is a shopfront with red brick walls, multipane windows, a rendered parapet and a central segmental pediment. ‘Primaries’ is painted across the parapet in black script. The side elevation has louvres to the top section, and a metal infilled gable with a timber air vent. Only the shell of the warehouse remains, as the inside has been converted to apartments.


The Primaries WA was originally built for Wilcox Mofflin as a wool and hide store c1923-25. In 1983 as the Swan Wool Auctions the local wool brokers sold to Primaries of WA for $327,00 (Fremantle Gazette 5/10/1983). In 1989 the wool store and headquarters of Primaries WA was moved from Fremantle to Spearwood.

In 1993 Council approved the conversion of the wool stores to a commercial and residential development. The architect was Brian Klopper. Council further approved an additional 18 grouped dwellings in December 1996. In 1998 the Primaries Wool store project was recognised by the Housing Industry Association of WA for its innovative design building quality and was awarded in three categories. See Fremantle Local History Collection property file for details.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent partially clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with some original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).


Name Type Year From Year To
Brian Klopper, apartments conversion 1993 Architect - -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
26164 Fremantle Local History Collection Files, (filed by address) Council Records

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9948 Brian Klopper: Architectural projects. Book 2012

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Multistorey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Flats\Apartment Block
Original Use COMMERCIAL Warehouse

Architectural Styles

Inter-War Stripped Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

27 Nov 1998

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Last Update

21 Mar 2019


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