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Gulgong Railway Station

Item details

Name of item: Gulgong Railway Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Railway Street, Gulgong, NSW 2852
Parish: Gulgong
County: Phillip
Local govt. area: Mid-Western Regional


The classification boundary is a line running parallel to the tracks approximately 10m behind the goods shed on one side and along the rear of the road access on the other side. The north and south boundaries skirt the platform end and the residence yard respectively.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Railway StreetGulgongMid-Western RegionalGulgongPhillipPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Australian Rail Track CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The station building at Gulgong is a good representative example of a small, skillion-roof station constructed in the early 20th century with few if any additions to the building and immediate surrounds since 1909. It includes some notable and possibly unusual features not seen on many other railway buildings in NSW, including two covered areas with decorative valances (one on each side of the station building), each with a small water tank connected to the station building.
Date significance updated: 06 Feb 09
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Physical description: Extant items at Gulgong include the type 7, timber skillion roof station building (1909), timber platform face (1909, rebuilt c2003), station signs, fence (may not be original), loading bank, pump house, and railway dam. The station building includes two unusual covered areas on either side of the building, each with a small water tank connected to the building. The station building also features a central, open waiting room.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good. (Inspected June 2008).
Date condition updated:06 Feb 09
Modifications and dates: The fence on the roadside of the station building may have been introduced at the same time the platform was repaired/reinstated in 2003.
Further information: A review of the curtilage is required to establish whether the dam and pump house should be listed separately.

Confirmation is required to establish if the adjacent metal goods shed was used as a railway shed but it is not believed to be a railway structure.
Current use: Station building leased to Mid Western Regional Council
Former use: Passenger station and goods yard


Historical notes: The official opening of the Mudgee line in September 1884 was the culmination of over twenty years effort on the part of the Mudgee community to secure a rail line to Mudgee and surrounding districts (Sheedy, 1988).

A line from Bathurst to Mudgee and Walgett was proposed as early as 1873 but never constructed, with a later survey (in 1876) confirming the eventual route via Wallerawang and Capertee. By 1879 the NSW Government confirmed that the line to Mudgee would be built and on 15 May 1881 the line reached Capertee. In the same year a contract was awarded for construction of the remaining section of the line from Capertee to Mudgee (Sheedy, 1988).

In 1899, a survey was completed for a railway line from Mudgee to Dubbo via Gulgong with consideration given to continuing the survey to Coonamble. Various proposals and routes were considered, with the eventual line not completed until well into the 20th century. The line was extended from Mudgee to Gulgong in 1909, to Dunedoo in 1910 and to Coonabarabran in 1917. The railway station at Gulgong was officially opened on 14 April 1909 (Forsyth, 1985; Sheedy, 1988; SRA, 1993).

Exact details of the original composition and arrangement of the station precinct at Gulgong are not readily available but at least two surviving structures are or were likely completed by 1909: the station building and the loading bank.

The Ulan to Gulgong line opened on 10 June 1985.


Forsyth, J.H. Historical notes on railway lines vol.2 (Sydney: State Rail Authority of NSW Archives, 1985).

David Sheedy Pty. Ltd, Mudgee Station: Conservation and management plan (David Sheedy Pty. Ltd., 1988).

State Rail Authority of NSW Archives, How and why of station names (Sydney: SRA NSW, 1993).

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)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-
5. Working-Working Labour-Activities associated with work practises and organised and unorganised labour (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The station building and the nearby remains of the former yard are extant reminders of the introduction of railway services at Gulgong in the early 20th century, the type of railway infrastructure introduced at Gulgong and similar rural locations during this phase of development of the NSW railways, and the wider introduction of railway services throughout much of NSW from the mid-to-late 19th century until the early 20th century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The station building and timber platform are a good, intact example of pioneer railway construction. The station building is a basic, utilitarian structure but includes some unusual and notable features, including two covered areas (at each end of the station building), each with a small water tank connected to the building and decorative valance.
SHR Criteria f)
The covered water tanks and window awnings are unusual.
SHR Criteria g)
The station building at Gulgong is a good representative example of a small, skillion-roof station constructed in the early 20th century.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA178State Rail Authority  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenDavid Sheedy Pty. Ltd1988Mudgee Station: Conservation and management plan
WrittenForsyth, J.H. (State Rail Authority of NSW Archives)1985Historical notes on railway lines vol.2
WrittenState Rail Authority of NSW Archives1993How and why of station names

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4280178

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