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McIlwraith Building

10-12 Phillimore St, 1919

FHC photo #E000148 by Skip Watkins, 1985, (cropped) title: Former Adelaide Steamship Building; caption: 10-12 Phillimore Street, also Patrick's Stevedoring. National Trust Collection. Photographic work was commissioned by the City of Fremantle. Adelaide Steamship Building; Patrick's Stevedoring.

The McIlwraith Building [aka Scottish House: it has that in the 'fanlight' over the entrance door: see below] was built in 1919 for the shipping company McIllwraith McEacharn Pty Ltd, who owned and occupied the building. The Fremantle History Centre calls it the former Adelaide Steamship Building, and also Patrick's Stevedoring. The current occupants have Seacorp on the front door and windows.

The facade was constructed of Donnybrook stone on part of the site of the first Fremantle Railway Station and yards. McIllwraith McEacharn Pty Ltd, was a shipping company whose Australian office was based in Melbourne. The company originally formed in 1875 in London by a partnership between Andrew McIlwraith and Malcolm Donald MacEacharn who were both from Scotland.
In Fremantle, McIllwraith McEacharn Pty Ltd had occupied the Howard Smith Building in Phillimore Street [Mouat St corner] until their new offices were built.
The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the first decades of the twentieth century. The place is significant because, when viewed from the street, it is a substantially intact example of a commercial building which contributes to the very significant Old Port City of Fremantle. Significant as an unusual and early example of the use of Donnybrook sandstone for a highly decorative commercial façade. The place is a significant landmark in the Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. (City of Fremantle via Heritage Council)


References and Links

Heritage Council page

Photographs on the Facebook page of Donnybrook Sandstone

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