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Railway Gatehouse

Item details

Name of item: Railway Gatehouse
Other name/s: Gatekeeper's Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Gatehouse
Location: Lat: -33.7121792840 Long: 150.5896262620
Primary address: 110 and 112 Green Parade, Valley Heights, NSW 2777
Parish: Magdala
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT101 DP631760
LOT102 DP631760
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
110 and 112 Green ParadeValley HeightsBlue Mountains MagdalaCookPrimary Address
Green ParadeValley HeightsBlue Mountains MagdalaCookAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Stuart and Christine JonesPrivate 
Stuart and Christine JonesPrivate 

Statement of significance:

One of only four surviving gatekeeper's cottages on its original site out of the twelve in the mountains. Architecturally, the sandstone building is designed in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style.
Date significance updated: 15 Feb 11
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Construction years: 1867-1867
Physical description: A single storey cottage with intersecting gables facing north to the railway line and set below the
railway embankment. The main gable is on the east-west axis with the intersecting gable centrally located on the north side of the house. A skillion roof porch is on the west side of the north gable. A rear skillion roof is on the south side of the house.

The roof is of corrugated steel and the chimney is sandstone.

Walls are random coursed sparrowpicked sandstone with rockfaced quoins at the openings and corners.

The gables have slot vents.

The front door is on the west side of the north wing, entered from the skillion porch. The windows are 2 over 2 pane double hung except the pair of narrow double hung windows in the north gabled front.

The south yard has a natural rock shelf.

The garden features mature rhododendrons and liquidambars.


Historical notes: The 1867 sandstone cottage is one of twelve virually identical constructed at the time of the western railway line expansion. The gatekeepers would close and re-open the gate over the railway line when trains were scheduled. Interestingly, there were two such crossings at Valley Heights plus one nearby at Springwood (still extant as part of a child care centre).

Because the railway shared a narrow ridge with existing road systems from teh 1860s onwards, numerous level crossings were required. Twelve of these were guarded by gates controlled from a gatekeeper's cottage. Six of the original stone cottages of 1867 survive, but only four are habitable and on their original sites. The other surviving gatehouses are located at Lapstone, Springwood, Medlow Bath and Mount Victoria.

(Source: ECO Design Architects, 2010)

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Record converted from HIS events

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
(2) Garden maintenance including cultivation, pruningand tree surgery, weed control (but not extensive lopping), and the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls.
Oct 2 1987
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 0022002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0022028 May 82 74 
Local Environmental Plan 199127 Dec 91 18310822

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenECO Design Architects2010Statement of Environmental Effects: Gatekeeper's Cottage Alterations and Additions

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045351
File number: S90/01402 & HC 32803

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