Chin Wah Building, Darwin in Northern
• The Sue Wah Chin Building in Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Northern Territory Australia
• The Sue Wah Chin Building is a single storey building divided
into five commercial premises.
Situated along Cavenagh street just after knuckey street intersection
it is a darwin heritage icon.
As this was wrtten there are still some shops such as a tropgphy
shop, clothes alteration shop and clothes shop. With it's known
close associations with the Darwin Chin family and their poineering
spirit in the territory.
This stone building, built around the 1880s, is the only building
associated with Darwin’s nineteenth century ‘Chinatown’ which
still survives. It is also one of only a few 19th century buildings
that survive in the Darwin City Centre.
External and dividing walls are constructed of local porcellanite
stone. External walls to the rear and the side are of coursed
rubble construction, with tuck-pointed joints. The front wall
was originally constructed in this fashion, with rendered frames
around windows and doors.
The entire front wall has now been rendered, with ruled lines
used to imitate ashlar masonry.
Each shopfront has an identical pattern of openings, with a
central door and a window each side.
The front verandah consists of a simple timber-framed awning
supported on timber posts. The footpath is raised about 300mm
above the level of Cavenagh Street. The footpath itself is of
recent construction. Courtesy of Northern
Located - situated: Lot 2328, Town of Darwin (33 Cavenagh Street)