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Uralla, Barleyfields Road Gatekeepers Residence

Item details

Name of item: Uralla, Barleyfields Road Gatekeepers Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Residence/Quarters
Primary address: Barleyfields Road (555.648 Km Main Northern Line), Uralla, NSW 2358
Parish: Uralla
County: Sandon
Local govt. area: Uralla


The curtilage is the boundary of the residence
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Barleyfields Road (555.648 Km Main Northern Line)UrallaUrallaUrallaSandonPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Country Regional Network (CRN)Private 

Statement of significance:

The gatekeeper's cottage at Uralla is a very intact representative example of a type 3 railway residence from the late nineteenth century, one of a series of similar railway buildings constructed in the 1880s, particularly on the Main North Line. The residence is an example of a utilitarian railway building from this period and reveals the former practice by the NSW Railways of providing residences for railway employees (in this case for the gatekeeper).
Date significance updated: 14 Dec 09
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Physical description: The former gatekeeper's residence at Uralla is a small type 3, rendered brick building with a pyramid roof and a chimney at the roof apex. The entrance to the residence is covered by a hipped verandah of corrugated, galvanised iron supported by four timber posts. The rear includes a wing with a skillion roof, which houses the laundry. The internal layout of the building consists of two bedrooms, a lounge room, kitchen and the laundry.Apart from the small rear skillion addition, the structure mostly maintains its original square form and internal room layout.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Exterior: Good. The exterior paint and roof cladding appear recent (2016).Interior: poor (termite damage)
Date condition updated:24 Nov 16
Modifications and dates: No known modifications
Current use: Not in use, boarded up
Former use: Provided accommodation for railway gatekeeper


Historical notes: On 5 July 1881 a contract for the erection of a Station Master’s residence, gatekeeper’s residence, station building, goods shed, and sheep and cattle races at Uralla was awarded to William Seabrook & J Brown. The platform face, station building and gatekeeper’s residence were all built of brick. The single line from Kootingal to Uralla opened on 2 August 1882 and the Uralla passenger station was officially opened on the same date (Forsyth, 2009).Major modifications and additions to the station precinct included the installation of water tanks in 1898, the lengthening of the platform in 1911, the provision of a loading bank in 1920, and construction of an additional gatekeeper’s house in 1921 (Forsyth, 2009). The 1921 gatekeeper’s residence is not extant but the original (c1883) gatekeeper’s residence is extant.


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Database number: 3150137

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