Newport Railway Workshops Manager's residence (former), Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The Newport Railway Workshops Manager's residence (former), designed by the Victorian Railways and constructed by AJ Maddock in 1916, at 59 Champion Road, Williamstown North.
How is it Significant?
The Newport Railway Workshops Manager's residence (former) is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobson's Bay. It is also of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria (Refer VHR H1840).
Why is it Significant?
Historically, the Newport Railway Workshops Manager's residence (former) is significant for its strong associations with the Newport Railway Workshops, one of the most important surviving nineteenth century railway workshops in the world. They were the main workshops of the Victorian Railways for over a century and were one of Victoria's largest and best equipped engineering establishments. The workshops were so important to the Railways and to the Victorian economy that it was considered necessary to provide official railway residences near the complex (AHC criterion A4)
Aesthetically, the Newport Railway Workshops Managers residence (former) is of architectural importance as an intact example of a Bungalow style suburban villa of the late Federation/Edwardian period. The hierarchy of spaces and related hierarchy of finishes and materials are demonstrative of the type of lifestyle considered appropriate for an occupant of the status of the railway yards manager. At the same time, the plan and form are well adapted to the orientation of the site (AHC criteria D2 and F1)
Note: Included on the Victorian Heritage Register as VHR H1840.