Site Details
Lyons Cottage or British Australian Telegraph Company
Lyons Cottage was built on prewar Lot 652 for the Eastern Extension Australasian and China Telegraph Company Ltd (the successor of the BAT from 1873) in 1925. It was the residence of the company engineer. Built of "hammered stone" it was the first stone building constructed in Darwin for 30 years. Local stone was used to construct this unusual and unique domestic design reminiscent of English colonial models developed in India, Malay and Singapore. Typical is the low set heavy masonry/stone construction with a central open living space and separate servants quarters /kitchen connected to the main building by a covered walkway, an innovative response to the Australian climate. The building is a unique example of domestic construction within the inner city area of Darwin.
s24 notification process instigated
Darwin Municipality
Lot 5189, Town of Darwin. Corner of Knuckey Street and The Esplanade.
NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewBAT House.jpgLyon's Cottage19/SEP/07
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NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewInstrument and Gazettal.pdf - 06/FEB/09
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Further Information
NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewLyons Cottage.pdfFactsheet 16/DEC/11
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Approximate Location
LAIS KeyStreet NumberStreet NameSuburbLocation CodeLot NumberLTO PlanPartTenure
200 05189 74ESPLANADEDARWIN CITY2005189 - - Reserve
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Status Explanations

Nomination Period - a nomination has been accepted by Heritage Branch, but has not yet been accepted by the Heritage Council; OR a nomination has been accepted by the Heritage Council but the place/object has not yet been subject to a heritage assessment.

Assessment Period - a nomination has been accepted by the Heritage Council and the place/object is in the process of being assessed.

Consultation Period - Heritage assessment has been completed and s24 of the Act has been instigated, ie comment has been sought on a proposal to declare the place/object.

Recommendation Period - the Heritage Council has made a recommendation to declare the place/object and the Minister's final decision is awaited.

Not Recommended - a decision has been made by the Heritage Council not to recommend to the Minister that a place/object be declared

Declared - the Minister has made a decision to declare the place/object

Refused - the Minister has refused to declare the place/object