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Cowra Railway Station and yard group

Item details

Name of item: Cowra Railway Station and yard group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: 33.834588074 Long: 148.7001505552
Primary address: Blayney-Harden railway, Cowra, NSW 2794
Local govt. area: Cowra
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Cowra
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP1028751
LOT1 DP1159507
LOT1 DP1186765
LOT3 DP1186765
LOT1 DP1187000
LOT2 DP1187000
LOT1 DP575470
LOT1 DP909348
LOT1 DP961451


The listing boundary is in 4 parts. Firstly the Examiners hut is bounded by a line approximately 5 m away from the structure on all sides. Secondly the station complex is bounded by a line running along the railway boundary on the eastern side turning west on the north side incorporating the water stand and tank, then turning south and incorporating the carpark and park area following the property boundary to a point where it turns south east to include the the railway institute. The boundary then turns north behind the Institute until the entry road which it follows until the southern end of the platform.The boundary around the locomotive roundhouse includes all buildings and structures in the area presently leased by the Lachlan Valley Railway Co-op Society Ltd.The residence is bounded by its yard boundary to three sides and by the tracks to the east.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Blayney-Harden railwayCowraCowra  Primary Address
Campbell StreetCowraCowra  Alternate Address
Lynch StreetCowraCowra  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government22 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

Cowra was reached by rail in 1886 from Young and linked to Blayney in 1888, forming the first cross country line. The station complex forms an interesting and complete group of buildings that illustrate the importance of the location through the development of the site, particularly the station building. Many periods of construction in varying styles are evident within the group and in the station buildings making the present structures unique. The complex forms an important civic group on one of the major approaches to Cowra having a strong relationship to the town and the nearby locomotive facilities. The station building is a significant civic structure within the town. The Institute building is one of the few remaining in the state and is of high significance for its social value in illustrating the importance of the railways to not only the work but the social, education and entertainment life of employees and their families. The examiners hut is a rare early example of such a building and is of high significance. The forecourt parking area (although the surface treatment has altered from the original) and grounds are of significance due to their connecting the streetscape and to the station complex. The site is in close proximity to the Cowra Locomotive Depot which is one of the few active remaining locomotive depots in the state. This association enhances the significance of both groups of structures.
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Physical description: BUILDINGS
All infrastructure, vegetation and archaeological relics in Cowra yard between up and down distant signals. All infrastructure and vegetation included in the former Cowra locomotive depot. Station building - standard roadside,1886, HS
signal box - non-standard platform level timber box with gable roof,1937
residence - type 3, 32 Brougham St, 1886
railways institute building examiners hut - c.1886
roundhouse and environs, HS
water column
water tanks with brick base
foorbridge - timber
drop pit jack in locomotive depot
forecourt and grounds
locomotive depot, roundhouse, gardens, buildings, turntable, footpaths and approaches - an almost complete country locomotive depot
yard layout, c. 1930`s
platform signs
Current use: Railway Station; community groups: Historical Society; Dramatic Soc.; Ballet
Former use: Railway Station


Historical notes: Parts of the station (ticket office,waiting room) are currently used for rail services for the Lachlan Valley railway. Community groups lease parts of the station complex. The Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society have leased part since 1989 and their current rooms since 1993. Other groups leasing space are the Cowra Eisteddfod, Cowra Historical Society and Cowra Ballet School (Artspeak, 2009, 4).

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 Public tramline system-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Developing local clubs and meeting places-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Commemorating war losses-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.
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 0112202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Heritage Express Rail Journeys View detail
WrittenArts out West2009Groups negotiating to stay at Cowra Railway Station, in "Local Arts News", in 'Artspeak' March 2009, issue 80
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Heritage Express Rail Journeys View detail

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Data source

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Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011979

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