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Junee Railway Refreshment Rooms

Item details

Name of item: Junee Railway Refreshment Rooms
Other name/s: Railway Workshop (Former Railway Hotel)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Refreshment Room
Primary address: Railway Square, Junee, NSW 2663
Parish: South Junee
County: Clarendon
Local govt. area: Junee
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
     
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Railway SquareJuneeJuneeSouth JuneeClarendonPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The former railway accommodation building including the refreshment room at Junee is architecturally important for its well executed Victorian Free Classical design.
The building is historically important for helping to show the importance of the railway in Junee's history, Junee having rapidly developed late last century because of the construction of major railway facilities in the town.
Date significance updated: 06 Jan 06
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Description

Designer/Maker: J Whitton
Builder/Maker: Messrs L. Le Breton and T. Donohue
Construction years: 1883-1885
Physical description: Like the adjacent station (with which it is sympathetically designed), the former two storey accommodation building illustrates the important role played by Junee historically as a railway town.
The building is designed in Victorian Free Classical style and is constructed of brick, with stucco decoration, and is two storeys in height. The building's hipped roof (clad with corrugated iron), stands behind a parapet which has a projecting cornice supported by paired brackets. Stucco dressings to windows include strong label moulds. Quoins are rusticated. A rounded or segmented pediment is on the centre of the parapet on the rail side (similarly to the station building). Extending from one end of the building is another two storey section which does not have a parapet and whose brickwork has either been painted or stuccoed; it too has a hipped roof clad with corrugated iron. A verandah with decorative valance runs along the facade; the section of the verandah on the parapetted part of the building has a series of four pane windows.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition, high architectural quality.
Date condition updated:20 Jan 06
Modifications and dates: In 1891 a new eastern wing by Contractors Taylor and McClure, it extended from the rear of the main building, nearly reaching Lorne Street. It was used to accommodate railway travellers.
Many internaI alterations have occured and it ceased to be an accommodation building for the public and subsequently housed buffet car staff on the upper floor and office staff on the ground floor.
In 1987 the buffet staff moved to a new building; the upper floor is currently used for offices and the ground floor is vacant.
In 2000 the refreshment rooms were used as a Heritage Railway Cafe, with the upper floor used as offices.
Further information: Social importance and a most important feature in the town.
Current use: Railway Offices and Cafe
Former use: Railway Accomodation, Offices and Cafe

History

Historical notes: Built in 1885 as a railway hotel, this building provided overnight accommodation to rail travellers.
It ceased to be an accommodation building for the public and subsequently is currently used for offices.
The operation of the refreshment room was taken over by the Department of Railways in 1916 and currently is still operating under private ownership.
Also refer to description from the Register of the National Estate.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building is historically significant for helping to show the importance of the railway in Junee's history, Junee having rapidly developed late last century because of the construction of major railway facilities in the town.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The former railway accommodation building at Junee is architecturally important for its well executed Victorian Free Classical design.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The railway refreshment rooms and offices are important due to its continuous use by the railways.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The former railway accommodation building will provide research potential on the travelling public and railway employees at the turn of the 20th century
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The building is of rarity because of the context of its regional location
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Elaborate railway office, accommodation & refreshment room building.
Integrity/Intactness: High
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

Refer Conservatiopn Management Plan

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanJunee Railway Workshops (formerly Railway Hotel)199218 Dec 92 1468874
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenState Rail Authority Section 170 Register (1997)  

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1840034


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