The story of Bourke Apartments

The Old Towers Drug Co. building was erected in 1890 for a Dr. Sipes, as a medical centre and residence. It was named after Mr. Towers, his chemist.

The building survived the 1890 flood and a severe fire. Succeeding doctors used it until 1920.

The Bourke and District Historical Society used the premises from 1976 to 1996 as a museum.

Queen Elizabeth II visited the Towers building on her visit to Bourke on 3 March 2000.

Bourke Apartments from the street: two stories with wrought iron balcony
Bourke Apartments today
The Queen
The Queen’s visit to Bourke in March 2000

Current owners

John and Sipha Hickson now own Bourke Apartments. They also own and host Katoomba Manor in the upper Blue Mountains.