Bowen Courthouse was built in classical revival style and opened in July 1881. This two storey H-shaped courthouse consists of rendered brick, towering majestic archways and a corrugated iron roof.
The masonry building is grander than other early courthouses and to this day, contains most of its original furniture and features.
Back in 1879, it cost approximately £8023 to build, with construction lasting 20 months.
A $4 million refurbishment of the courthouse and its facilities started in November 2004. The courthouse upgrade included installation of an additional courtroom, a lift, closed-circuit television and videoconferencing technology. Work was completed in late 2006.
Bowen Courthouse is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, as well as by the National Trust of Queensland and the Australian Heritage Commission.
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