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Dubbo Railway Station and yard group

Item details

Name of item: Dubbo Railway Station and yard group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -32.2447808841 Long: 148.6094499870
Primary address: Main Western railway, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Local govt. area: Dubbo
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Dubbo

Boundary:

The listing boundary commences at Darling Street to the west and extends to a point 15m on the eastern side of the gantry crane (175m from Fitzroy Street to the east). The northern boundary is formed by the southern property boundary of Lot 4 DP1006205 for the first 100 metres east of Darling Street, them follows the alignment of the northern property boundary of Lot 4 DP1006205 towards the gantry crane. The southern boundary is formed by a line running south-east from Darling Street to join up with the railway station car park, east along the northern boundary of Lot 1 DP1006205, south along the eastern boundary of Lot 1 DP1006205 to Talbragar Street, east along Talbragar Street, then north along the western boundary of Lot 200 DP1165856 to the southern side of the station platform, them east to the end of the platform and then east along the northern property boundary of Lot 200 DP1165856 to a point 175m west of Fitzroy Street
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Main Western railwayDubboDubbo  Primary Address
Erskine StreetDubboDubbo  Alternate Address
Talbragar StreetDubboDubbo  Alternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government27 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

Dubbo station and residences is one of the few groups of buildings on the NSW system constructed in stone and one of the very few stone first class railway stations built. The surviving stone platform faces are rare and of high significance. The site is of high signficance as it is situated adjacent to some excellent early industrial buildings used in relation to the railway and the railway hotel.
The group is an important element in the townscape of Dubbo which is an historic centre which relies on tourism and its historic theme.
The whole of the railway station group is of very high significance to the development and history of Dubbo and the railway system.
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Description

Construction years: 1881-
Physical description: BUILDINGS
station building - type 5 stone first class station building, 1881, RNE, LEP
platform awnings - cantilevered bracket on steel posts, RNE, LEP221
residence railway refreshment room accommodation - stone,1881(Lot 200/DP1165856)
residences
- Talbragar Street(Lot 2/DP 1006205), station masters, type 4, stone ,1881
- 106 Darling Street, S&CDE, type 11, stone (Lot 4/DP 1006205)
locomotive straight shed, HS

STRUCTURES
platform faces - 1881, stone
loco pump house - corrugated iron attached to bridge, c. 1881, HS
Modifications and dates: 1879-81 most of the stone structures of the station built in preparation for its 1881 opening. Station master's residence built 1881.

1891 lamp room and wool stage built
1893 Dubbo West siding added
1896-1900 removal shop front (and rear?) at No 73
1897 carriage shed added
1898 western end platform extension made

1903 Dubbo-Coonamble line opens this year.
1904 installation of 20 tonne cart weighbridge and extensions to Sydney end of the platform.
1906 addition of a transhipping shed
1908 grain shed added.

In the first two decades of the 20th century numerous additions and alterations were made, decreasing in frequency into the 1930s and 1940s.

By 1975 passenger services to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble were replaced by a road coach service, connecting with trains at Dubbo.

The 1980s saw demolition of several by-then anachronistic structural elements including the municipal gas siding, livestock loading facility, Darling Street gate house and Institute Hall (relocated). In 1988 the Dubbo-Molong line was decommissioned.

2015 Dubbo railway station remains operational rail station on the western line, although the residence at 106 Darling Street is now in private ownership (OzArk, 2015, 12-13).
Current use: bus interchange
Former use: railway station

History

Historical notes: Most of the stone structures comprising Dubbo Railway Station were built between 1879 and 1881 in preparation for its opeining in 1881. The station master's residence was completed that same year. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries some additions were made to the precinct, including:
1891 construction of the lamp room and wool stage;
1893 Dubbo West rail siding;
1897 carriage shed;
1898 the western end platform extension;
18903 opening of the Dubbo-Coonamble rail line;
1904 installation of a 20 tonne cart weighbridge and extensions to the Sydney end of the platform;
1908 grain shed.

Numerous additions and alterations were made in the first two decades of the early 20th century, decreasing in frequency into the 1930s and 1940s.

By 1975 passenger services to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble were replaced by a road coach services connecting with the trains at Dubbo Railway Station.

The 1980s saw demolition of several by-then anacrhonistic structural elements including the municipal gas siding, the livestock loading facility, the Darling Street gate houe and the Institute Hall (relocated elsewhere). In 1988 the Dubbo-Molong line was decommissioned in 1988.

Dubbo Railway Station remains an operational station on the western line, operated by RailCorp, although the station master's residence is now in private ownership (OzArk, 2015, 13).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings Developing local, regional and national economies-National Theme 3
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-
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 Railway Station-
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 Development in response to railway lines-
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 Bridging rivers-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. State government-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - building and operating public infrastructure-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - building and administering rail networks-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
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.

Recommended management:

Recommendations

Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementProduce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) 
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines 
Recommended ManagementCarry out interpretation, promotion and/or education 

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
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.

FRANK SARTOR
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

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0113002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerSRA Heritage & Cons.Rgr. ItemSRA34201 Dec 99   
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Local Environmental PlanDubbo LEP 2011 01 Dec 11   
National Trust of Australia register Country Register item206001 May 78   
Register of the National Estate     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenOzArk Environmental & Heritage Management P/L2015Statement of Heritage Impact: Dubbo Station Interchange Upgrade

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011998
File number: EF10/22234


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