COMPLETED - Rusten House Arts Centre

  • Project typeCapital Works
  • Project value$1,050,000
  • Project scheduleTo be completed in 2020
Work has commenced on Rusten House restorations

Rusten House was built in 1861 and is one of Queanbeyan's most significant properties. Originally built to replace the Benevolent Asylum to serve the more affluent community, by the early twentieth century Rusten House became a community hospital, then a nurses' dormitory during the 1930s. In 1991 it was renamed as Rusten House after the hospital's first matron Mary Rusten. Rusten House is listed as a Heritage Item on the State Heritage Register established under Part 3A of the Heritage Act 1977  Listing No 00552 – 1999.

In November 2016 the NSW Government gave funding of $250,000 for the upgrade and this amount will be matched by Council. The project includes:
  • re-wiring
  • re-plumbing
  • new bathroom
  • new kitchen
  • fit out including painting and flooring

Update - April 2021 

Work has now been completed on Rusten House. The works included:

  • re-routing overhead electrical mains underground for aesthetics
  • new water and sewer connections
  • provision of NBN to the site
  • new roof was installed
  • reconstruction of the verandas
  • new amenities
  • office space
  • workshop and two art galleries
  • ducted air-conditioning system
  • landscaping
  • new car park


87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan 2620  View Map

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