The Prospect Heritage Trust Inc.

Police Residence

This building is the earliest recorded premises used as a Police Station at Prospect. The weatherboard cottage is located on the Former Great Western Highway, Prospect (now known as Reservoir Road).

The land is now owned by the Western Sydney Parkland Trust and is part of the land they have leased to Village Roadshow, who have built Wet’n’Wild on the site. The lease conditions were that the Former Police Residence was to be restored by Village Roadshow, but there has been no evidence of work starting on that restoration.

An inspection of the exterior of the building suggests that it is of c.1870s - 1890s construction.  The building is rectangular in plan with an original encircling verandah.  It is built with sawn timber stud framing and clad in simple profile weatherboards.  The verandah posts are chamfered but the verandah top plates appear rough-hewn.  The second from top weatherboard on all areas seen is checked out to align with the tops of the studs.  Approximately every third/fourth stud exposure lines up with a verandah joist, and there is no evidence that the remainder are missing.  One possible explanation is that this allowed the checked weatherboard to batten obliquely to prevent vermin getting into the wall cavity.  This feature is unusual.  It has timber shingles remaining under the corrugated iron roof.

Source: NSW State Heritage Inventory Form

Charles Beattie rented it to the Police Department from 1 March, 1915 to June, 1920 at a cost of 15 shillings per week. Beattie joined the NSW Police as a Probationary Constable on 7 November, 1887 and retired as a 1st Class Constable in 1915. He and his family then moved to ‘Drumtochty’, Seven Hills Road, Seven Hills where he became an orchardist.

Constable J. Constable was the next policeman appointed to Prospect and he would have operated from this building.

Source: Prospect Heritage Trust files

Special thank you to Mr. J. Brook for information passed on to PHT.

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Former Police Residence (19 March 2008) - PHT Photo