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Sefton Railway Station Group

Item details

Name of item: Sefton Railway Station Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Wellington Road, Sefton, NSW 2162
Local govt. area: Bankstown


North: Property boundary perpindicular to Helen StreetSouth: Property boundary along Wellington RoadEast: 5 metres past edge of the platformWest: 5 metres past edge of the platform
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Wellington RoadSeftonBankstown  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Sefton Railway Station has local significance as a station which represents the significant reconstruction of the original Lidcombe-Regents Park line and its extension to Cabramatta. The 1920s platform building has been altered but it retains the basic architectural features which characterise station buildings of this period. As a whole the station complex is able to demonstrate suburban railway travel during the 1920s and 1930s.
Date significance updated: 09 Sep 08
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Designer/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Builder/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Physical description: BUILDINGS
Platform building, Platform 1/2- Type 11(1924)

Platform 1/2, (1924)
Canopy, modern
Footbridge, (1923, altered; extended c2010)
Lifts (c2010)

Sefton Railway Station is accessed from Wellington Road. It has one island platform, a footbridge and a building on the platform which incorporates the booking office. There is a small commercial strip on Wellington Road. New lifts have been installed for access.

External: Rectangular building three bays long with stretcher bond brickwork. The bays are defined by engaged brick piers that have decorative concrete corbels and standard steel double bowed brackets which support cantilevered awnings. The awnings which have curtain board fascia are integrated with the gable roof of the building and the roofing material for both the awning and the roof is corrugated steel. The roof has original timber finials.

The external walls rise from a projecting brick plinth with a decorative two part cement dado moulding which is continuous between door and window openings. Cement window and door frames rise from the dado moulding. Most of the door and window openings are original and the windows feature a decorative moulded cement sill. The western end brick gable wall features a louvre within a round brick window framed in voussoir shaped bricks, with four cement keystones. All the windows have been altered. The window openings and one door opening have been bricked in from sill height to the start of the dado moulding. Most of the upper sections of the bricked in window and door openings are fitted with timber framed, patterned, fixed glass and curved, steel grills and some have been boarded up with plywood. Some of the doors are panelled timber doors whereas others are flat panelled timber doors, and some have additional steel grill gates fitted to the outer edge of the door opening. The original door opening to the western end of the building has been removed and the openings have been bricked in and the cement dado moulding has been continued across the whole wall. The upper section of the concrete moulding of the original door has been retained above the dado.

Internal: The building comprises of a booking office, a Station Manager’s room, a unisex public toilet and a store. The original internal configuration of the building is not known and there is no physical evidence that indicates this. Original cast iron ventilators and pressed metal ceilings with square ceiling ventilators have been retained. The public toilet is fitted with new bathroom fittings.

Platform 1 (Up) and Platform 2 (Down) have brick faces and form an island platform arrangement. Both the platforms have asphalt surfaces and brick coping.

The canopy is a recent structure which has been sensitively designed to match some of the details of the platform building. Its roof which is made of corrugated steel follows the shape of the platform building - a gabled roof with integrated shallower awnings. The canopy rests on steel columns with standard steel double bowed brackets which support the awning section of the canopy. The valance of the edge of the awning has a double paned timber frame fitted with opaque glass.

FOOTBRIDGE (1923, altered)
The footbridge comprises of a bridge connecting either sides of the station and stairs that lead down to the street level and down to the platform. The entire structure rests on the original 1920s superstructure of steel columns, beams and trestles. The stairs and the deck are constructed of in-situ concrete and have painted steel handrails.

LIFTS (c2010)
New lifts have been installed for platform access via the existing footbridge. 3 tower lifts, and a concrete noise wall along the southern side of the new SSFL line.

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

Both platforms are in good condition

The canopy is in a good condition.

The footbridge is in a good condition.
Date condition updated:06 Jul 09
Modifications and dates: 1924: Footbridge constructed
1926: Ladies toilet provided.
1928: Booking and parcels offices erected on footbridge.
1929: Railway electrified.
2009: Access upgrade commenced
2009: Booking office refurbished
c2010: SSFL constructed new line to south of station. New access lifts and noise wall installed. Footbridge extended to south over new rail line.
Current use: Railway Station
Former use: Nil


Historical notes: By the 1920s a decision had been made to extend the Lidcombe-Regents Park railway to Cabramatta as a relief to the Main West and Main South via Granville and this was completed in 1924. The work also involved major reconstruction of the original Lidcombe-Regents Park section of the line. Goods trains were operating on the line from 15 May 1924 and passenger trains operated from 19 October.

Sefton Station and footbridge opened on 19 October 1924. The station featured an island platform with platform building accessed by a set of stairs from the footbridge.

The South Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) is a dedicated freight line for a distance of 36 kilometers between Birrong and Macarthur in southern Sydney. It was constructed c2010 to improve the efficiency of rail freight services along the North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Previously, a major bottleneck in the rail freight network existed where freight trains were required to share existing rail lines with the Sydney metropolitan passenger services. The SSFL provides a third track in the rail corridor specifically for freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate independently. The line was constructed through Sefton station.

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 Transport of Goods-
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]
Sefton Railway Station is historically significant at the local level as a station which represents the significant reconstruction of the original Lidcombe-Regents Park line and its extension to Cabramatta. The extant early 20th century platform building and the 1920s footbridge superstructure date from the opening of the station and demonstrate the 1920/1930s period of suburban railway travel.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Sefton Railway Station has local aesthetic significance with its 1920s ‘initial island’ platform building which has characteristic features of this type of station building in the Sydney Metropolitan Region, namely the linear form, gable roof and integrated awnings.
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 g)
Sefton Railway Station has an extant platform building which has been altered but still retains characteristics features of this type of common standard design railway platform building and is therefore representative of this type. The building is distinctive in terms of being a smaller example of this type with only three bays in comparison to the larger examples of this type which usually have five or six bays.

The 1920s footbridge with stairs leading down the platform and street has been altered in terms of the replacement of the timber deck and stairs with in-situ concrete and modern steel handrails. However the superstructure of the footbridge comprising of steel beams, columns and trestles is original 1920s fabric and is typical of such footbridges within the suburban network. 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: Sefton Railway Station has a moderate degree of integrity as the platform building is relatively intact. The footbridge has been altered but as it retains the original superstructure it contributes to the overall integrity of the station.PLATFORM BUILDING (Platform 1/2) Externally the building has been altered in terms of its door and window openings which have been removed, bricked in or boarded up but it still retains original fabric such as the original brickwork, standard double bowed steel brackets, decorative cement corbels, decorative two part cement dado moulding and timber finials. Modern services such as lighting and CCTV cameras have been installed and the windows are covered over in most instances, however these interventions are considered to be reversible. Internally significant original fabric such as cast iron ventilators and pressed metal ceilings with square ceiling ventilators has been retained. FOOTBRIDGEThe footbridge has been altered with the removal of its timber deck and stairs and its replacement with in-situ concrete deck and stairs. However it retains the original 1923 steel superstructure.
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     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA934State 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
WrittenJohn Forsyth2007New South Wales Railway Stations: an alphabetical arrangement of railway station and place names
WrittenTony Prescott2009Historical Research for RailCorp's S170 Update Project

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

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