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Heidelberg Museum is housed in the second former Heidelberg Court House. The older building was in bad shape by the late 1890s.

A New Court House for Heidelberg

"A deputation, attended by the Heidelberg councillors and the honorary magistrates, and introduced by Mr. Gair, M.L.A., waited on the Solicitor-General on Tuesday to ask that a sum of money be placed on next year's estimates for the construction of a new court house at Heidelberg.

Mr. Gair, M.L.A., pointed out that the present building was dilapidated, inadequate as regards accommodation, and draughty, and totally unfit for the proper transaction of important public business.

Cr. J. W. Ward stated several previous deputations had waited on the Minister on the same subject. A sum of money had been placed on the estimates last year for the work, but had been removed by the treasurer. The present deputation had nothing new to add. The Solicitor-General was alive to the justice of their claim, and he (Cr. Ward) was sure he would make another effort to help them.

Mr W. Duncan, J.P., asked why the money had been struck off the estimates last year.

Sir Henry Cuthbert (ie. the Solicitor-General) replied that that had been done owing to it being found that public expenditure would have to be further curtailed. He was with the deputation. He thought they should have a new court house, and as far as he was concerned a sum of £1200 would be included in this year's estimates of his department for the work. It, however, rested entirely with the treasurer whether the item would be retained on the estimates. He advised them to interview Sir George Turner (ie. the Premier) and lay their case fully before him.

Cr. Ford said that people of Heidelberg frequently received encouragement in this way, and provisional promises which were never fulfilled. They were becoming tired of this kind of thing, and felt that their district was being neglected.

Sir Henry Cuthbert replied he could do no more than promise that he would endeavour to get the sum of money passed for the court house. He could not control the treasurer. If that gentleman agreed to vote the money, he (Sir Henry) would undertake to proceed with the work without unnecessary delay. He could not say anything fairer than that.

The deputation thanked the minister and withdrew."

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