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Sep 05, 2017 interpretation
Macdonaldtown Gasworks, Eveleigh

Project overview

  • Heritage interpretation design development
  • Completed July 2017
  • Approximately $8k


  • Ventia Services

In February 2017, EXTENT Heritage were commissioned to develop heritage interpretation panels relating to the Macdonaldtown/Eveleigh Gasworks. The five individually designed panels were to be installed at the Gasworks site adjacent Macdonaldtown Railway Station. The State-significant Gasworks was established in 1892 to produce the essential shale and coal gas fuels to illuminate railway stations, signals and carriages.


The Victorian-era Southern Gasholder on this site has heritage significance because of its rareness, good condition and structural integrity. It provides an insight into how Sydney’s railways, streets, factories and homes were once illuminated. This gasholder was essential to the operation of the Eveleigh Railways Workshops, whose buildings have been repurposed to once again play a role in community life. The gasholder was restored in 2016 by Sydney Trains NSW during the site’s remediation.

The Project

Extent were commissioned to develop a Heritage Interpretation Plan. Tasks included:

  • Development of content for five heritage interpretation panels to be installed onsite. Each panel is to treat a different element of the site’s heritage significance, and is to be tailored on varying audiences.
  • Source digital sources for inclusion into the panels, including receipt of copyright clearance.
  • Graphic design in a style suitable for Sydney Trains sites. Consultation and feedback from Sydney Trains was a critical process.
  • Panel fabrication and installation.

Download the Project Sheet here