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Clarendon Railway Station

Item details

Name of item: Clarendon Railway Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -33.6086600005 Long: 150.7879599980


The listing boundary is formed by the racecourse boundary to the south, the level crossing at Racecourse Rd to the west, the property boundary to the north and a line 50 metres past the end of the platform to the east.


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government22 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

Clarendon station is a very rare combination of three early timber buildings at one location all from the same period. It is the only known example containing a group of buildings from the 1870's and makes them some of the earliest buildings surviving in the State. They are also important because of their modest scale and their location on historic line and in an area of early settlement of the colony of NSW.

REASSESSED SIGNIFICANCE: The original timber buildings at Clarendon Station are no longer extant. It has lost its ability to provide physical evidence of such structures. The existing station building and shelters date from c2002.
Date significance updated: 17 Oct 12
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Physical description: BUILDINGS
station buildings
- type 6, reverse skillion building timber, 1870, LEP
- type 7, skillion roof timber building, 1870, LEP
- type 8, narrow awning building timber, 1870, LEP
platform faces - brick
Current use: railway station
Former use: railway station


Historical notes: The Richmond line opened in 1864 as a rural branch line in response to the area's success as a farming district and its location at the intersection of two stock routes.

In 1856, a petition for the establishment of a railway from the residents of Windsor and Richmond had been presented to the Government. In 1860 a grant of (Pounds)57,000 was approved for a railway between Blacktown and Windsor. In the following year it was increased to (Pounds)60,000 for a railway between Blacktown and Richmond. Contracts for earthworks, permanent ways and bridges were let from 1862. The line was opened on 29th November 1864 by Governor Sir John Young. A pilot engine was run before all passenger trains for safety. The original stations were Riverstone, Mulgrave, Windsor and Richmond. Upgrade to the track took place in the late nineteenth century.

A major upgrading of most stations on the line occurred in the 1880s.

The early decades of the 20th century brought further improvements and upgrades to the line. These included the establishment of Richmond air-force base in 1925, which resulted in a significant increase in the use of the line. In 1938 congestion at Clarendon Station caused by a RAAF Air Show resulted in extensive improvements. All station platforms were increased to 450 feet and additional facilities were installed at Richmond.

In 1926, the railway line was extended to Kurrajong but the extension was closed in 1952.

The railway line from Riverstone to Richmond was electrified in 1991.

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 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-
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-
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 - providing rail transport-

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 - Revoked 0111330 Aug 13 1073938
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNichols, Michelle (Local Studies Librarian)2010Macquarie and the Hawkesbury District

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045360
File number: S90/05388

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