Australia and New Zealand Bank Building

159 Stuart Street, Dunedin

  • Australia and New Zealand Bank Building. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Ben Hill - Wikimedia Commons. Taken By: Ben Hill. Date: 14/08/2009.
  • Australia and New Zealand Bank Building. Building detail. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Ben Hill - Wikimedia Commons. Taken By: Ben Hill . Date: 14/08/2009.
  • Australia and New Zealand Bank Building.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Horwell. Date: 4/02/2014.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2
List Number 2137 Date Entered 2nd July 1982


City/District Council

Dunedin City


Otago Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 36, Blk 15, Town of Dunedin

Location description

Corner of The Octagon and Stuart Street.


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Lawson, Robert Arthur

Born in Scotland, Lawson (1833-1902) began his professional career in Perth. At the age of 25 he moved to Melbourne and was engaged in goldmining and journalism before resuming architectural practice. In 1862 Lawson sailed for Dunedin, where his sketch plans had won the competition for the design of First Church. This was built 1867-73. Lawson went on to become one of the most important architects in New Zealand. First Church is regarded as his masterpiece and one of the finest nineteenth century churches in New Zealand.

He was also responsible for the design of the Trinity Church (now Fortune Theatre), Dunedin (1869-70), the East Taieri Presbyterian Church (1870), and Knox Church, Dunedin (1874). He designed Park's School (1864) and the ANZ Bank (originally Union Bank, 1874). In Oamaru he designed the Bank of Otago (later National Bank building, 1870) and the adjoining Bank of New South Wales (now Forrester Gallery, 1881).

See also: Ledgerwood, Norman, 2013. 'R.A. Lawson: Victorian Architect of Dunedin'. Historic Cemeteries Conservation NZ.

Anderson and Godso

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

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Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.