Northern ends of east [Platform 1] buildings viewed from the Evansdale Rd footpath
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - February 8, 2018
What is significant?
The Hawthorn Railway Station Complex including its platforms, the weatherboard-clad Station buildings alongside Platform 1, the canopies over the Platforms, the roofed footbridge linking the Platforms, and the sloping walkway which links Platform 2 and 3 with the Burwood Road bridge. Significant elements include the timber benches and white-on-black Station nameboards, the sloping walkway's cast iron balustrades and gates, and timber posts and gates on Platform 2 and 3 under the canopy's northern end. The small weatherboard-clad building constructed in 2014 on Platform 2 and 3 beneath the southern end of its canopy is not significant.
How is it significant?
The Hawthorn Railway Station Complex is of historical significance to the State of Victoria. It satisfies the following criterion for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register:
Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria's cultural history.
Why is it significant?
The Hawthorn Railway Station Complex is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
The Hawthorn Railway Station Complex is historically significant for its clear association with the initial operation and expansion of privately-owned railway services across the Yarra River in the early 1860s. As the first extension of the suburban rail system to the east across the Yarra it played an important role in the transformation of Melbourne from a walking city to a commuter city. The early 1880s buildings at Platform 1 demonstrate the first of the Victorian Government's alterations and additions to the Station following its 1878 acquisition of this line. The island platform (Platform 2 and 3) illustrates the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s modifications to this Station when its original role as a terminus evolved due to the extension of its single-track line eastward to Camberwell, the subsequent duplication of that line, and the construction of a 2.4km branch line which until the 1950s extended from Hawthorn northward to Kew Station. [Criterion A]