Rosehill Railway Station Footbridge | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Rosehill Railway Station Footbridge

Item details

Name of item: Rosehill Railway Station Footbridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Primary address: At Station, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Local govt. area: Parramatta

Boundary:

North: edge of footbridge including stairs;South: edge of footbridge including stairs;East: edge of outer balustrade on stair;West: end of walkway to James Ruse Drive.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
At StationRosehillParramatta  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Rosehill Railway Station footbridge is of local significance as the earliest example of an overhead braced Warren truss footbridge constructed for the NSW Railways.

The footbridge was identified as an item of high heritage significance in the 2016 ‘Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy’. The Rosehill Railway Station footbridge is an early and relatively rare example of an overhead braced Warren truss footbridge constructed for the NSW Railways. The bridge remains highly intact and is the earliest remaining structure at Rosehill Railway Station - an important station associated with the adjacent Rosehill Racecourse. The footbridge has a high level of integrity, despite new decking and safe guards which are considered of low impact and reversible.
Date significance updated: 21 Oct 16
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Description

Construction years: 1929-
Physical description: The footbridge is a steel riveted through Warren truss footbridge on steel trestles and channel iron stair stringers. An important feature of the bridge is the depth of the truss. Previous trusses were shallow so horizontal top bracing could not be used. At Rosehill the trusses are tall enough to have top bracing over peoples' heads.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The footbridge is well maintained and in good condition.
Date condition updated:14 Sep 09
Modifications and dates: 1996: New decking
1999: New safety guard
Current use: Footbridge
Former use: N/A

History

Historical notes: Rosehill Railway Station was part of Bennett’s Private Railway from Clyde Station to Rosehill constructed in 1888, which was a private railway aimed at serving property subdivisions to the north and provide better transport options for producers from the fruit growing districts around Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill and Dural. It comprised Bennett's private railway

The single line opened on 17 November 1888 as Bennett’s [private] Railway and a station was constructed with the original platform 39m long on the eastern side of the track. The line was taken over by the Department of Railways on 1 August 1901, and duplicated in the same year. With duplication there was no room on the eastern side of the old platform for the new line so a new platform and station buildings were constructed (Forsyth, 2009)

The station has been upgraded with all earlier buildings demolished.

The footbridge was erected in 1929 over the tracks to provide access from west of the railway to the adjacent Rosehill Racecourse – established in 1885.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Evolution of design in railway engineering and architecture-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation Moving people to events and leisure activities-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The footbridge has historical significance as the earliest remaining structure at Rosehill Railway Station – an important station associated with the adjacent Rosehill Racecourse.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The footbridge has technical significance as a highly intact example of a Warren footbridge, demonstrating construction methods of the NSW Railways during the early 20th Century.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The footbridge has representative significance as the earliest example of an overhead braced Warren truss footbridge constructed for the NSW Railways. There are approximately 24 Warren truss footbridges that remain in NSW.

The footbridge was identified as an item of high heritage significance in the 2016 ‘Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy’.
Integrity/Intactness: The footbridge has a high level of integrity, despite new decking and safe guards which are considered of low impact and reversible.
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.

Listings

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 Study1999SRA762State Rail Authority  No
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 ORH  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
WrittenJohn H Forsyth2009NSW Railway Stations - An Alphabetical Arrangement of Railway Station and Place Names
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: 4801762


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