This is a building of some significance. It was erected in 1901 when gold-winning had brought prosperity to Waihi. And at the time of the miner' strike in 1912 it was the place where prosecutions were brought against 82 striking miners.
'The strike which commenced in May and lasted for six months was particularly acrimonious. Waihi ultimately became the scene of confrontation between Massey's newly-elected Reform Government and the Federation of Labour. Several members of the "Red Feds" who became involved in the issue of the Waihi Strike were later to achieve prominence as members of the Labour Government elected in 1935.'
John Campbell was the Government Architect when it was built