What is significant?
Wycheproof Railway Station was constructed in 1887 by Hossack & Brown on the Korong Vale-Wycheproof line. It comprises the original timber station building with gabled roof and decorated gable ends, a timber posted verandah with decorated capitals and ceiling lining. Other structures include a timber goods shed, a timber lamp room and remnants of an original turntable and crane. The station serves freight trains only and the station building and goods shed are currently being leased.
How is it significant?
Wycheproof Railway Station is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Wycheproof Railway Station is historically significant as an example of the role that railways played in the development of rural Victoria. It is also historically significant as an important and intact example of a standard, timber railway station building that arose from the 'Octopus Act' of 1884.
Wycheproof Railway Station is architecturally significant as the most intact example of the 'Pyramid Hill' style of station building. The 'Pyramid Hill' style is a group of modest standard timber station buildings of similar plan and decorative details, featuring Victorian trimmings, such as timber work to the verandah and gable ends.
Wycheproof Railway Station is historically significant for the influential role it played in the economic development of the town of Wycheproof. It is an example of the role that railways played in the development of rural Victoria and is an important and intact example of a standard timber, railway station building constructed following the 'Octopus Act' of 1884. Richard Speight was appointed to oversee a massive program of railway capital works. Fifty-one country railway stations and eight suburban lines were constructed during this era to varying standards, characterised by substantial brick buildings constructed at important towns, richly decorated timber buildings in less important locations along with many lesser temporary timber railway structures. Richard Speight and Duncan Gillies, the Minister for Railways and Roads, were widely criticised for their mismanagement of the railway construction program, which resulted in huge deficits for the Government. (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.
* All basic refurbishment works including repairs to buildings and structures, where works are documented and administered by a recognised conservation consultant
* Installation of perimeter fencing
* Modification and replacement of tracks to the extent of the rails, sleepers and ballast
* Installation of new landscaping features but excluding earthworks where more than 1m3 of ground is to be altered
* Replacement of decayed fabric with fabric that matches the original design and profile.
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant signage.
* Installation of temporary protective hoardings, screens and the like for the protection against intrusion of vandals and the like provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric.
* Installation of new damp proofing and making good to match existing, adjacent surfaces.
* Interior painting but not stripping of existing paint scheme
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant carpets/flexible floor coverings
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant fixtures and fittings, including clocks, soft furnishings including curtain tracks, rods, blinds and other window dressings, and the like.
* Installation of new but not the removal of existing original significant signage
* Installation of new partitions provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric
* Replacement of non-original kitchen and toilet fixtures provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric
* Installation of insulation to ceiling spaces
* Installation of hooks, nails and other devices for the hanging of paintings, mirrors and other wall mounted works of art.
WYCHEPROOF RAILWAY STATION - Permit Exemption Policy
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. The Wycheproof Railway Station is important for its individual buildings as well as its precinct values. The exterior of the buildings are of prime importance. The interior is important if original fittings and fixtures still survive. Track works and maintenance to the buildings are able to be undertaken without a permit.