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Sep 05, 2017 international
Queanbeyan Railway Station

Project overview

  • Heritage Interpretation Plan
  • Undertaken and completed in 2017
  • Approximately $15K

Client

  • Sydney Trains

In 2017, EXTENT Heritage were commissioned to prepare a Heritage Interpretation Plan for Queanbeyan Railway Station. The station is a State listed heritage item which includes a fine example of an 1885 Victorian first class Station Building and 1887 Station Master’s Residence. The site is noted as one of the most elaborate stations on the Bombala Line, constructed from brick at a time when cheaper materials such as timber and iron were favoured.

Significance

Built in the 1880s, Queanbeyan Railway Station is relatively intact and contains a variety of buildings, dating from the Victorian era to the late 1920s. The station building is the largest and most ornate of the station buildings on the Bombala Line, signifying Queanbeyan as an important location in Southern NSW, even prior to the declaration of Canberra as the nation’s capital. The station building is particularly significant, being a fine example of a Victorian first class station building. In 1913, the station became a major railway junction between the Bombala and Canberra lines, pivotal to the agricultural, industrial and commercial growth of the region.

The Project

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

  • Provision of a brief historical context of the Queanbeyan Railway Precinct and the Bombala line;
  • Identification of the historic and social values associated with the site;
  • Development of a set of historic themes; and
  • Identification of an interpretive vision which considers target audiences, site issues and site specific strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints (SWOT).
  • EXTENT Heritage successfully delivered a plan containing multiple suggestions for interpretation, including proposed devices, example content and plans for installation.

Download the Project Sheet here