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Yennora Railway Station Group

Item details

Name of item: Yennora Railway Station Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Railway Street, Yennora, NSW 2161
Local govt. area: Holroyd


North: The property boundary along Nelson RoadSouth: The property boundary along Railway StreetEast: 5 metres from the eastern end of the wayside platformsWest: 5 metres from the western end of the wayside platforms
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Railway StreetYennoraHolroyd  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Yennora Railway Station has local historical significance as a railway station dating from the 1920s established as a private siding funded by the prominent McCredie family on the existing Main South Line which was begun in the mid 19th century.

The two extant buildings on Platform 1, dating from the 1930s, albeit altered examples, are significant of the simple timber platform structures built by NSW Railways in this Interwar period.
Date significance updated: 25 Jun 09
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Designer/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Builder/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Construction years: 1927-1955
Physical description: BUILDINGS
Platform building, Platform 2 (c.2007)
Platform building, Platform 1- (Type 15) (1970s)
Platform building, Platform 1- (Type 7) (1934)
Booking Office, Platform 1 (c.1934)

Platforms 1 and 2 (2009, nd)
Footbridge, (c.1995)
Canopies, (c.2007)

Yennora Station is accessed via a ramp from Railway Street on the south and via steps from Nelson Road to the north. The station consists of two wayside platforms connected via a steel framed footbridge. The station is characterised by having no commercial or retail strip in the immediate vicinity, but is predominately industrial to the north and a mix of industrial and residential to the south.

PLATFORM BUILDING- Platform 2 (c.2007)
The waiting shelter is a simple three bayed steel SHS framed structure which supports a gabled corrugated steel clad roof. The side to the platform is open while the rear and sides are enclosed by clear glass. There are three aluminium slatted seats within the shelter.

PLATFORM BUILDING- Platform 1 (1970s)
External: A simple rectangular face brick building with male and female toilets at either end, separated by a central store room. The roof is a flat steel ribbed roof surrounded by a steel fascia/gutter. The eaves are open with exposed rafters. The floor consists of a suspended concrete slab supported on a steel frame on circular concrete piers.

Internal: The toilet partitions are rendered brick and there is a concrete floor. Windows are aluminium framed, the ceilings are hardboard.

PLATFORM BUILDING- Platform 1 (1934)
External: The waiting shed is a small rectangular building with a skillion roof clad in corrugated steel sloping toward the platform. It consists of an open waiting room on the right with an enclosed space on the left accessed by a single door facing the platform. The wall finish consists of a metal cladding with ribs at about 200mm centres, (probably a Kliplok profile) which has replaced the original timber weatherboard siding. The skillion roof cantilevers over the platform with rafters and battens which are exposed. The building is windowless. The building is supported on a traditional bearer and joist framing system supported on brick piers.

Internal: While there is no ceiling lining in the waiting area, the enclosed room has a ceiling lining of T&G boarding. Walls in both spaces have been over clad with a low profile steel cladding (similar to Panelrib). The floor in the waiting area is the original timber boarding, while in the adjacent room it has been replaced with plywood. The original bench seat remains in the waiting area.

PLATFORM BUILDING- Platform 1 (c.1934)
External: This booking office building has been clad externally in the same manner as the waiting shed. The building is small, square in plan, and topped with a hipped roof with a projecting awning supported on brackets on the platform side where the ticket window is located. The roofing material is corrugated steel with the underside of the awning lined in timber boarding and with exposed rafter ends at the other eaves. There is a single timber double hung window on the external elevation and a single entry door faces the access stairs on the east.

Internal: This structure retains much of its original internal linings including the timber wall boarding, the hardboard ceiling, wall ventilators and timber floor (covered in carpet). The fixtures and fittings including a stainless steel basin are not original.

The footbridge employs haunched beam construction, a common method of tapered cantilevers supported off platform trestles, with a shallow beam over the railway tracks. Both the concrete access stairs and the balustrades are later. On the northern side the steel platform trestles and access stairs are supported on concrete piers where the land slopes steeply down to Nelson Road.

Platform 1 (nd) has an asphalt surface, with a concrete edge supported on a flush concrete face retaining wall. Platform 2 (2009) has an asphalt surface with a concrete edge supported on a retaining wall consisting of precast horizontal planks spanning between concrete posts.

CANOPIES (c.2007)
A modern gabled corrugated roofed open canopy supported on four steel posts is located to provide shelter at the booking office on Platform 1.

Based on the surviving documentation and the evidence on site it is unlikely there would be any potential archaeological remains at Yennora Railway Station.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition

Generally good condition, although some of the precast planks on Platform 2 show signs of deteriorating due to rust in the reinforcement.

Good condition.

Good condition
Date condition updated:21 Jul 09
Modifications and dates: 1927: Railway station opened
1934: Waiting room and ladies toilet added to Platform 1
1955: Booking office on Platform 2 (now demolished)
Early 1970s: Male and female toilet block on Platform 1
c1995: Upgrading to footbridge
c2007: Waiting shelter on Platform 2 and extensions to platforms
2009: Platform 2 reconstructed
2013: Station building repairs
Current use: Railway Station
Former use: Nil


Historical notes: After completion of the initial rail line from Sydney to Parramatta, work soon proceeded on the Main South line from Granville Junction to Goulburn. The first section from Granville to Liverpool was constructed quickly over easy terrain and was opened on 26 September 1856. Campbelltown was reached in 1858, that section opening on 17 May 1858. The line was duplicated in 1891. This line was constructed as a rural railway and had no suburban purpose until well into the twentieth century. Its stations served what were then rural settlements and only later were adapted as commuter stations.

Yennora Station was opened in November 1927. Its original cost was 6,102 pounds and was used originally as a private platform for the local prominent McCredie family. The station came to serve the Yennora wool centre after it was built in 1971.

A number of changes have been made to the station since construction including addition of a number of timber station buildings of which some remain.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Impacts of railways on urban form-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Yennora Railway Station is historically significant at a local level as a railway station dating from the 1920s established as a private siding funded by the prominent McCredie family on the Main South Line from Granville Junction to Goulburn. The station came to serve the large Yennora Wool Centre which was built in 1971.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Yennora Railway Station has an association with the local McCredie family for which the station was first built.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The two small timber structures dating from the 1930s on Platform 1 are not regarded as having a sufficient degree of aesthetic or technical quality to be considered as having local significance in this criterion.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The place has the potential to contribute to the local community's sense of place, and can provide a connection to the local community's past.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
There is the potential for some archaeological remains, though it is unlikely to have significant research potential.
SHR Criteria g)
The timber waiting shed and booking office on Platform 1, although both later sheeted with steel cladding, are representative of this simple type of structure built by NSW Railways between 1930 and the 1950s.
The haunched steel footbridge is also representative of the type of footbridge structures built during this period. The footbridge was identified as an item of little heritage significance in the 2016 ‘Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy’. However, the strategy recommended detailed physical analysis prior to any change to confirm the significance of the structure.
Integrity/Intactness: Both the 1930s buildings on Platform 1 retain there external forms although they have been reclad in metal siding. The waiting shed has new internal wall finishes, but the timber floor remains and the closed room adjacent retains the original timber boarded ceiling. The booking office, other than being reclad externally, retains most of its internal finishes. The footbridge has a new concrete floor and balustrades and the original stairs have been replaced with new steel and concrete with new balustrades.
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 registerSRA s.170 Register    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA949State Rail Authority  No
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 OCP Architects  Yes
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes
Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy 2016 NSW Government Architect’s Office Heritage Group  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenTony Prescott2009Historical Research for RailCorp's S170 Update Project

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4800282

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