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Burwood rail underbridge

Item details

Name of item: Burwood rail underbridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Location: Lat: -33.8770919240 Long: 151.1037581920
Primary address: Great Southern and Western Railway, Burwood, NSW 2134
Local govt. area: Burwood
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT130 DP1007385
LOT1 DP229037
LOT2 DP229037
LOT3 DP229037
PART LOT2 DP230938


The listing boundary is the area around the bridge including embankments, abutments and supports and an area around them for a distance of 20 metres.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Great Southern and Western RailwayBurwoodBurwood  Primary Address
Burwood RoadBurwoodBurwood  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Rail Infrastructure CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Burwood rail underbridge is an example of triple-girder bridge. Constructed as a plate web girder bridge, it is a major example of a main line bridge.
Date significance updated: 27 Mar 06
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Builder/Maker: John Ahern
Construction years: 1892-1926
Physical description: A single span 21.9 (72 feet) metal, half through plate web girder. It carries the double Main Suburban line (middle two of the six tracks) on a 3-girder arrangement - outer girder, down suburban, inner girder, up suburban, outer girder. The term 'metal' has been used to draw attention to the fact that the outer girders were part of an 1892 wrought iron bridge whereas the 1926 inner girder is steel. The cross girders carry a concrete deck supporting ballasted tracks. On the north side of the Up outer girder is the makers plate - John Ahern 1892 Govt Contract. (Rail Infrastructure s170 Register)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical condition is good.
Date condition updated:27 Mar 06
Current use: Rail underbridge
Former use: Rail underbridge

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Maker’s Plate on the triple-girder plate web girder bridge over Burwood Road is historically rare.
SHR Criteria f)
Triple-girder bridges are relatively rare, there being 2 others on this rail corridor (located at Burren Street, Macdonaldtown and Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham) and another just past Strathfield over Powells Creek. The oldest triple-girder plate web girder bridge is the 1879 wrought iron structure over Ultimo Road, originally built for the double-track goods line to Darling Harbour now giving single-track access to the Powerhouse Museum.
SHR Criteria g)
Plate web girders are a common, basic railway bridge usually with only 2 parallel girders, be they single or double track bridges. The Burwood rail underbridge represents the triple-girder type.
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.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0103002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Data source

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Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011961

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