May 20, 2013, 2:51 am
Not taken at an ideal time of day as much of the detail has been lost in the
"Don't you overlook that Maryborough Station, if you take an interest in
government curiosities. Why, you can put the whole population of Maryborough
into it, and give them a sofa apiece, and have room for more." ~ Mark Twain,
during his 1895 tour of Australia.
"Maryborough Railway Station was constructed for the Victorian Railways in
1890-1892 by the contractor DA Swanston. The station building is a large,
primarily single storey, red brick building, with a monumental central
portico and offset tower, second storey addition and a cellar. It is
symmetrical in plan, with flanking pavilions featuring richly decorated
gable ends and a balustraded balcony above the entrance portico. The grand
booking lobby has a trussed timber ceiling tiled floor, iron gates and
ticket windows. The platform verandah incorporates a hipped roof, with
continuous louvred lantern along its ridge.
Maryborough Railway Station is historically significant as an intact and
important example of the peak of lavish expenditure on important railways
infrastructure built following the 'Octopus Act' in 1884.
Maryborough Railway Station is architecturally significant for its
distinctive design and scale. The platform verandah to the station building
is unique on a national level and incorporates a hipped roof with a
continuous louvred lantern along the ridge. The locomotive shed, while in
poor condition, is one of the few major remaining brick depots built during
the 'Speight era'."
& the Victorian Heritage Database
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