What is significant?
The Rail Bridge over Jackson's Creek, north of 'Rupertswood', Sunbury was constructed by Cornish & Bruce c1861 on the Melbourne-Bendigo line, for the Victorian Railways. It is a 3 span, wrought iron box girder superstructure supported on tapering basalt piers, supporting a double rail track deck. In 1917, stepped brick intermediary piers were added as additional support to the deck to cater for the increasing weight of the new engines and freight loads.
How is it significant?
The Rail Bridge over Jackson's Creek, north of Rupertswood, Sunbury is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria
Why is it significant?
The Rail Bridge is historically significant for its associations with the opening of the 'main trunk lines', Victoria's first railway lines (c1857-1869). These were the formative years of railway development in Victoria.
The Rail Bridge is also architecturally significant, as a representative and essentially intact example of a mid-19th century railway bridge. The bridge is a notable element in the landscape and is of particular interest for the vermiculated pier caps to the tapering basalt piers, and for the stepped brick intermediary piers. The bridge demonstrates a distinctive method of bridge construction.
The Rail Bridge is historically significant for its associations with the opening of the 'main trunk lines', Victoria's first railway lines (c.1857 - 1869). These were the formative years of railway development in Victoria. This period of railway construction was characterised by lavish expenditure on railway structures, designed in accordance with the British standards of the time. (Harrigan, 1962) (Beeston, 1995)
1. All alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner that prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.
2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.
3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.
4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.
5. Nothing in this declaration exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
No permit is required for works on the deck of the bridge, the incorporated superstructure which supports the track, for the maintenance of operational and safety standards or for any emergency works relating to the substructure and superstructure of the bridge.
The purpose of the permit exemptions is to allow works that do not impact on the significance of the place to occur without the need for a permit. Track works and maintenance to the bridge that does not affect the structure or appearance of the bridge do not require a permit. Maintaining the picturesque setting of the bridge should be taken into acount when considering a permit application.