Boggabri Railway Station | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Boggabri Railway Station

Item details

Name of item: Boggabri Railway Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Oakham Street, Boggabri, NSW 2382
Local govt. area: Narrabri


Curtilage is bounded on the east by the platform edge; includes the length and width of the platform; and includes the station building and partial carpark area.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Oakham StreetBoggabriNarrabri  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Boggabri Railway Group is of local significance as a tangible link to the development of the NSW railways and supporting agricultural activities and commerce, such as the transport of grain along the line Mungindi line. The station buildings are surviving remnants of a larger station complex and demonstrate the past importance of this rural railway station in servicing the local community and surrounding region. The station building demonstrates typical railway architectural styles of the late 19th century found in other NSW railway locations, and illustrates the importance attributed to railway construction throughout regional NSW.
Date significance updated: 11 Nov 09
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Builder/Maker: Joseph Conlon
Construction years: 1882-1882
Physical description: MAJOR STRUCTURES - Managed by RailCorp
Station building, type 4, third class (1882)
Platform (1882, 1908, 1993)

The brick station building is a small third class structure with awning to the platform supported on timber posts with timber valance to awning ends. The roof is gabled and clad in corrugated iron with corbelled brick chimneys. The rear entry to the building features a central gabled bay with central door. Windows are all arched timber double hung. The building features a central waiting room flanked by a ladies waiting room and detached toilet block via a corrugated service yard to one side, and to the other side a traffic room, parcels office and store.

Site features:
• Ticket window and timber fitted desk in ticketing office
• Timber roller door with early iron hinges (parcel’s office)
• Timber benches in ladies waiting room
• Lever frame in-situ at end of platform

PLATFORM (1882, 1908, 1993)
Brick Platform extended partly in concrete.

None Identified (audit conducted January 2018).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is generally in good condition.
Date condition updated:22 Oct 09
Modifications and dates: Modern photographs indicate few changes have occurred to the exterior of the station buildings since 1912, apart from the removal of decorative barge boards and the addition of Colorbond steel roofing.
Current use: Railway Station
Former use: Nil


Historical notes: Boggabri Railway Precinct is located on the Mungindi line, branching from the Great Northern Railway at the major rail centre of Werris Creek, and heading north to the remote town of Mungindi, on the Queensland border. Today the line is utilised for almost its entire length for grain transport, and for coal from the Preston and Gunnedah collieries (

The single line from Gunnedah to Boggabri opened on 11 July, 1882, with the station opening for service on the same day. The construction contract for the Gunnedah to Narrabri section was awarded to McGuigan & Co on 14 December 1880. The line was extended to Narrabri West on 1 October, 1882.

The original station construction contract, awarded to Joseph Conlon, specified the construction of a station building, goods shed, gatehouse and Station Master’s residence. The brick station building included a central waiting room, ladies room, and ticket office, and featured a platform awning. The building was flanked by two small near-identical brick buildings connected to the main by covered timber passage ways. One building was used as a toilet block, and the other as a lamp room.

Major changes and additions to the station precinct included the addition of a 5-tonne yard crane and goods shed in 1890, the extension of the platform in 1908, the provision of wheat loading facilities and an overbridge near Grantham Street in 1909, and the addition of a 135kL tank in 1911. Plans dating from this period also indicate the existence of a Pumper’s house, and the addition of ladies lavatories within the passage way between the toilet block building and the main station building.

In 1912, the lamp room building was adjoined to the main building via a brick extension, converting the lamp room into an additional toilet block, and the new brick section (replacing the timber covered passage way) into a parcels office. The lamp room chimney was reconstructed on the new extended roof to match the original.

In 1934, a wheat silo was added, with a grain shed appearing on plans by 1930. In 1955, a wheat depot was constructed. In 1993, part of the platform was replaced by a new raised concrete platform, and the existing platform was resurfaced in bitumen.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture Transporting crops-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Pastoralism-Activities associated with the breeding, raising, processing and distribution of livestock for human use Servicing the pastoral industry-
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 Building the railway network-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Boggabri Railway Station is significant for its historical values as a tangible link to the development of the NSW railways and supporting agricultural activities and commerce, such as the transport of grain along the line Mungindi line. The extant station building illustrates the importance attributed to railway construction throughout regional NSW and is a remnant of a larger station complex that serviced the local community and surrounding region.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The station building is of aesthetic significance as a fine example of a Victorian standard third-class station building demonstrating typical features of the period.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The site is of social significance to the local community on account of its lengthy association for providing an important source of employment, trade and social interaction for the local area. The site is significant for its ability to contribute to the local community’s sense of place, is a distinctive feature of the daily life of many community members, and provides a connection to the local community’s past.
SHR Criteria g)
The station building demonstrates typical railway architecture of the late 19th century found in other NSW railway locations.
Integrity/Intactness: The station buildings have a moderate level of integrity.
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
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 ORH  Yes
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCottee, J.M.2004Stations on the track: selected New South Wales country railway stations: an historical overview
WrittenHumphreys, H. and Ellsmore, D2001Interwar Station Buildings: Analysis and Significance
WrittenMcKillop, R2009NSW Railways (RailCorp) Thematic History

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: 4800287

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