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Armidale Railway Station and yard group movable relics

Item details

Name of item: Armidale Railway Station and yard group movable relics
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -30.51522550795 Long: 151.6517706186
Primary address: 234 Brown Street, Armidale, NSW 2350
Local govt. area: Armidale Dumaresq
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Armidale
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT33 DP883524


The listing boundary is the station building footprint.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
234 Brown StreetArmidaleArmidale Dumaresq  Primary Address
216 Brown StreetArmidaleArmidale Dumaresq  Alternate Address
Railway ParadeArmidaleArmidale Dumaresq  Alternate Address
Main Northern railwayArmidaleArmidale Dumaresq  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government02 Nov 98

Statement of significance:

Armidale has one of the finest groups of station buildings and residences from the boom period of railway construction which demonstrate the quality of buildings constructed and the importance attached to railway development at major settlements. The station building and SM residence are very significant as major civic buildings and townscape elements in the city. This is reinforced by the size of the railway forecourt area. The station building is a particularly fine station structure with excellent detailing and proportion which apart from some minor later additions is in good condition.
The gatekeeper's cottages are good representative examples of many similar structures, no longer in use, which are located along sections of line developed during the 1880's.
Date significance updated: 24 Nov 00
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Builder/Maker: Edmund Lonsdale and Henry Sheldon Hoddard
Construction years: 1882-1883
Physical description: BUILDINGS
station building - type 5 first class,1883, LEP, RNE, HS
per way shed - corrugated iron (containing trike collection)
barracks - timber, 2 buildings located opposite station
goods shed - 1883, 160'x13' side shed corrugated iron
platform face - brick with ramped ends, 1883
dock platform - brick Sydney end, 1883
turntable - steel sheet fabricated
collection of small per way machines at station
Date condition updated:18 Jul 13
Current use: Railway Station, Museum
Former use: Railway Station


Historical notes: Construction of the Station began in 1882, but was still incomplete when the Station opened in February of 1883.

The Station was contracted to Edmund Lonsdale, who often won local public works contracts in the Armidale area. In this case he underestimated the costs and lost money on the Station construction.

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 Building and maintaining the public railway system-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Railways to inland settlements-

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 0107502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Armidale Railway Station and Yard Group Movable Relics View detail
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Armidale Railway Station and yard group movable relics View detail
WrittenOffice of Rail Heritage2012Railway garden and landscape conservation guide

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5012075
File number: EF14//4321

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