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Wollstonecraft Railway Station Sign

Item details

Name of item: Wollstonecraft Railway Station Sign
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Other - Transport - Rail
Primary address: Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft, NSW 2065
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Shirley RoadWollstonecraftNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The station sign at Wollstoncraft is significant as a historical reminder of the previous station prior to the 1980s upgrade works to the station. It is demonstrative of the materials, style and workmanship of railway signage of the 1930s-1940s era. It is a representative example of the precast concrete signage used by the railways.
Date significance updated: 19 Sep 13
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Designer/Maker: New South Wales Department of Railways
Builder/Maker: New South Wales Department of Railways
Construction years: 1930-
Physical description: Precast concrete backing board with sloping ends; frame on top only; precast concrete letters 12in. tall, full capitalisation; sans serif lettering, condensed font; supported by two square tapering ornamented precast concrete posts inset from the ends.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:19 Sep 13
Modifications and dates: 1970s-1980s: the station buildings on both platforms were upgraded with modern materials. Access to the platforms has been improved with ramps and pathways in lieu of the original steps at the Milson’s Point-end of the platforms.
Current use: Station Sign
Former use: Staition Sign


Historical notes: At the time of the opening, Wollstonecraft was named ‘Edwards Road’ and Waverton was named ‘Bay Road’. The line was built as double track and both Wollstonecraft and Waverton stations were built to suit the duplicated track from the outset. Edwards Road was opened on 1 May 1893. On 1 September 1900, ‘Edwards Road’ was re-named ‘Wollstonecraft’.

The station sign at Wollstonecraft station is typical of signs from the 1930s-1940s.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Wollstonecraft railway station sign is a physical reminder of the earlier station and provides historical associations with the station that pre-dated the current modern station environment.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The sign demonstrates the style, materials and and workmanship of c1930s railway signage.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The sign has potential to inform about railway signage from an earlier era.
SHR Criteria g)
Wollstonecraft railway station sign is representative of signs from the 1930s-1940s period.
Integrity/Intactness: The sign is intact.
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:

1. Conservation principles: Conserve cultural heritage significance and minimise impacts on heritage values and fabric in accordance with the ‘Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance’. 2. Specialist advice: Seek advice from a qualified heritage specialist during all phases of a proposed project from feasibility, concept and option planning stage; detailed design; heritage approval and assessment; through to construction and finalisation. 3. Documentation: Prepare a Statement of Heritage Impact (SOHI) to assess, minimise and prevent heritage impacts as part of the assessment and approval phase of a project. Prepare a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) prior to proposing major works (such as new additions, change of use or proposed demolition) at all places of State significance and all complex sites of Local significance. 4. Maintenance and repair: Undertake annual inspections and proactive routine maintenance works to conserve heritage fabric in accordance with the ‘Minimum Standards of Maintenance & Repair’. 5. Movable heritage: Retain in situ and care for historic contents, fixtures, fittings, equipment and objects which contribute to cultural heritage significance. Return or reinstate missing features or relocated items where opportunities arise. 6. Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage: Consider all aspects of potential heritage significance as part of assessing and minimising potential impacts, including Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage. 7. Unidentified heritage items: Heritage inventory sheets do not describe or capture all contributory heritage items within an identified curtilage (such as minor buildings, structures, archaeology, landscape elements, movable heritage and significant interiors and finishes). Ensure heritage advice is sought on all proposed changes within a curtilage to conserve heritage significance. 8. Recording and register update: Record changes at heritage places through adequate project records and archival photography. Notify all changes to the Section 170 Heritage & Conservation Register administrator upon project completion.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register  18 Mar 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA951 (Stn Sign)State Rail Authority  No
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenC. C. Singleton The Short North. The Australian Railway Historical Society. Bulletin. Various issues.
WrittenJohn Forsyth. Line Histories
WrittenRay Love2009Historical Research for RailCorp s170 Update
WrittenState Rail Authority of New South Wales.1995How and Why of Station Names. Fourth Edition

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4800121

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