Explore the heritage buildings dotting the Hay’s streets along this culturally rich heritage walk.
Beginning near the corner of Moppett Street and Lachlan Street, the Hay Heritage Walk is a fantastic way to get a feel for the long history of this Outback town. The walk begins at the Witcombe Fountain, which was donated by the then Mayor of Hay Mr John Witcombe and erected in 1883. From here, it is a short stroll to the two concrete horse troughs that were gifted by the estate of Annis and George Bills in 1938, and to the Sunbeam Coach, a Cobb & Co coach built by Henry Proctor.
Across the road you will find the old fire station, which was originally built in 1917, and replaced in 1989. Next, you can see the Majestic Theatre. Built in 1932 as a picture theatre, this fine old building has been a hardware store since 1991.
Further down the street in the Havachat Coffee Shop. Built in 1924 as the Paragon Café, this café sits on the block of land that was once the venue for visiting circuses. Next to that is Japp’s Pharmacy, which was built in 1913 and has been a pharmacy since the early 1930s.
The Shire Council building was built in 1877 as Hay’s second courthouse. Next to this building sits the Lands Office, which boasts architecture important for the climate. Built in 1896, the walls and roof of the building are made from corrugated iron.
The Post Office is a very fascinating building. It was originally built in 1881, with the clock tower added in 1901, and sits on the site of Hay’s courtroom and lock up in 1860.
The Westpac Bank resides within a building constructed in 1877, only becoming the bank in 1982. The Foodworks building also boasts a long history, as it was originally built in 1897.
Heading down Bank Street, you will find St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Built in 1872, the total cost for the building and site was just 767 pounds - that’s just over $1000!
Near the junction of Bank Street and Pine Street sits the Presentation Convent. Built in 1900, it was the largest weatherboard building in Hay at the time. It was the convent until 1993 when the order was withdrawn after 110 years in Hay.
Further down Pine Street is St Mary’s Catholic School. The school was established by the Sisters of the Presentation Order in 1883, yet all of the original buildings have been replaced. Near the corner of Moppett Street, you can view the Old Catholic Presbytery, which was built in 1881 at the cost of 844 pounds. It is now privately owned. The building behind was once the old police residence.
St Paul’s Anglican Church was built in 1885 and renovated in 1991. Across the street sits the fourth and current courthouse in Hay. All of the town’s courthouses were built on different sites, this one built in 1892. Nearby is the Public Works Department, which was built in 1909 to be the sergeant’s quarters for the nearby police station.