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Temora Railway Station group

Item details

Name of item: Temora Railway Station group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -34.4472631948 Long: 147.5286719620
Primary address: Cootamundra-Griffith railway, Temora, NSW 2666
Local govt. area: Temora
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Young


The listing boundary is an area around the station of approximately 20 metres in each direction from the edges of the platform and the boundary of the locomotive facility is Victoria and Camp Streets and the railway line in the other direction.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Cootamundra-Griffith railwayTemoraTemora  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government16 Nov 98

Statement of significance:

Temora is a major station complex with a significant third class station building of substantial scale, well detailed in excellent original condition. It is one of the best surviving third class buildings in the State. The support buildings on the platform support the main building. The station retains an excellent street side verandah.
The locomotive complex is a good example of a distant country facility with a rare surviving Institute building and office.
Date significance updated: 09 Dec 15
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Construction years: 1893-1915
Physical description: BUILDINGS:
Station building - type 4, third class standard roadside brick, 1893 (LEP, 2010)
A brick structure, with a reversed curved verandah across the eastern faade. It has a corrugated iron, single hipped roof, with a verandah extending over the platform area (ibid, 2010).

Refreshment room brick initial island/side building 1912, extended 1914
Signal box - type 3 skillion roof timber, 1915

Footbridge - 1913
Current use: Youth Hub, Mixed use site
Former use: Railway Station


Historical notes: The railway line from Cootamundra came through to Temora, opening here on 1st September, 1893. (The distance being 304 miles, 2 chains, 49 links or 489.290 km from Sydney, and 958 ft. or 291.9 m altitude, measurements at the rail, centre of the platform). The railway station took its name from the local property and town, named by Mr. J. D. Macansh in 1848 after a castle called "Temora" in one of Ossian's epic poems.

One item within the yard is the bagged wheat shed, later to become the barley shed. This was built in 1905 to hold 30,000 bags of wheat, and was extended in 1907. Its erection was largely due to Mr. J.J. Donnelly, a prominent grain mechant of the Temora district, who came to Temora in 1893, and in 1904 had begun exporting grain to London. This trade he carried on successfully, included sending 202,000 bags of Temora wheat to London in 1907. The Gillespie and Pardey's Mill siding was opened in 1909. The line was interlocked on 4th March, 1915.

The Shell Siding came into operation in 1926.

F type level crossing lights were etablished on the Junee Road crossing on 9th January, 1969 (LEP, 2010).

Temora's new youth space was officially opened on 9th December 2015 by Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson MLA. The hub is part of the extensive redevelopment of the heritage-listed railway station. Council received a NSW Government ClubGRANTS funding of $110,993 towards the new room, and acknowledges the support and assistance of the NSW Heritage Division (OEH), Transport NSW and the John Holland Group. The hub is the base for the Shire's Youth Team and a venue for events and prgrammes. The official opening of the overall redevelopment of the station will be celebrated next March, with a visiting steam train and other activities (Temora Independent, 1/12/2015, 3).

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 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 Rail transport-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Adapted heritage building or structure-
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 19th Century 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)
This item is assessed as historically 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 0126502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Local Environmental Plan 10611 Jun 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Temora Shire Community based Heritage Study2003 David Scobie Architects Pty Ltd  Yes
State Rail Authority Section 170 Register1997 State Rail Authority  No

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Database number: 5012242

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