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 - October 2020

Most of the major repairs have now been completed. We will now be including a ramped access path at the western end to the workshop facility. Design/documentation is currently being prepared for this. 

Remaining work includes:

  • tiling
  • completion of timber floor sanding and sealing
  • services fit-off and commissioning
  • painting
  • construction/sealing of the car park

It is expected that work will be completed by December 2020.


Antill Street, Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan 2620  View Map

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