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Albany Railway Station/Tourist Bureau

Author

City of Albany

Place Number

24543
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Location

45-55 Proudlove Pde Albany

Location Details

Local Government

Albany

Region

Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1889

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Category B

• Requires a high level of protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any major redevelopment. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Statement of Significance

The Albany Railway Station (in 1999 Tourist Bureau) was officially opened in 1889 as the terminus for the Great Southern Railway. It has significant aesthetic, historic, representative and social heritage value.

Physical Description

Good streetscape value
Long, imposing building on waterfront
Tudor style wood work on walls and in prominent gables
Finials
Crossed adornment on wind(similar to American kit home at 93 Spencer Street, which used to be situated opposite the railway until relocated in 1901)
opposite railway until relocated in 1901)
High integrity

History

The Albany Railway Station was built as the terminus for the Great Southern Railway. On 1 June 1889 the railway
line was opened, but the opening ceremony was held at Beverley because tensions were high at Albany after
townspeople realised that the line restricted access to the foreshore. The last passenger train ran to Albany in
December 1978. The old station is now the Westrail Bus Depot.
Pinewood planking from the packing crates of machinery and equipment imported from England for the Great
Southern Railway project, was recycled into the cladding of the Albany Railway Station building. This information
was revealed in restoration work in 1994 that uncovered sections marked by a stencilled logo in black paint. The
logo was a diamond containing the words; "WA Land Co.".
The restoration project was part of the Albany Foreshore Development Plan initiated by the local community and
overseen by the Great Southern Development Authority. The project cost $350,000 with funds being provided by a
grant from the State Government. The outside of the building was kept as close as possible to the original while the
interior was changed for modern functioning. The former railway station has been used as the Albany Tourist
Bureau since 1994.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High

Condition

Excellent

Associations

Name Type Year From Year To
Great Southern Development Authority. (restoration) Architect - -
Public Work Dept, 1949 modifications Architect 1949 -

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage Database. City of Albany 1994
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". City of Albany 1994
Westrail News: A monthly publication for Westrail Staff, p.5 Westrail April 1994

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Museum
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Railway Station

Architectural Styles

Style
Victorian Carpenter Gothic

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport

Creation Date

22 Oct 2012

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

Disclaimer

This information is provided voluntarily as a public service. The information provided is made available in good faith and is derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the matters discussed herein and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.