Laura Court House Conservation Work: significance of site

Laura is located 30km east of Port Pirie. The town was surveyed in 1871 as part of the northern agricultural expansion with Laura blocks being offered for auction in August 1872. With the sale of the land, Laura soon emerged as an important service and industrial centre and within two years a cluster of small businesses had established themselves in the town.

1873 was also the year that a police presence moved into Laura. Permanent police cells were erected in 1875, followed by the police station and residence in 1877 and the Courthouse in 1878.

Laura's former Courthouse represents an expansion of the central judicial system. It is one of a number of similarly designed, classically decorated, free standing (i.e. not linked to a police station) courthouses found in country South Australia.