Maryborough Railway Station was constructed for the Victorian Railways in 1890-1892 by the contractor DA Swanston. The station building is a large, primarily single storey, red brick building, with a monumental central portico and offset tower, second storey addition and a cellar. It is symmetrical in plan, with flanking pavilions featuring richly decorated gable ends and a balustraded balcony above the entrance portico. The grand booking lobby has a trussed timber ceiling tiled floor, iron gates and ticket windows. The platform verandah incorporates a hipped roof, with continuous louvred lantern along its ridge.
How is it significant?
Maryborough Railway Station is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Maryborough Railway Station is historically significant as an intact and important example of the peak of lavish expenditure on important railways infrastructure built following the 'Octopus Act' in 1884.
Maryborough Railway Station is architecturally significant for its distinctive design and scale. The platform verandah to the station building is unique on a national level and incorporates a hipped roof with a continuous louvred lantern along the ridge. The locomotive shed, while in poor condition, is one of the few major remaining brick depots built during the 'Speight era'.
General Exemptions:General exemptions apply to all places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). General exemptions have been designed to allow everyday activities, maintenance and changes to your property, which don’t harm its cultural heritage significance, to proceed without the need to obtain approvals under the Heritage Act 2017.Specific exemptions may also apply to your registered place or object. If applicable, these are listed below. Specific exemptions are tailored to the conservation and management needs of an individual registered place or object and set out works and activities that are exempt from the requirements of a permit. Specific exemptions prevail if they conflict with general exemptions. Find out more about heritage permit exemptions here.Specific Exemptions:General Conditions
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 the 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.
* Installation of new signalling systems and modifications to existing signalling systems.
* 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.
*Infill buildings to the restaurant courtyard.
*Infill partition walls to the male toilets.
MARYBOROUGH 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 Maryborough Railway Station is important for its individual buildings and structures as well as its precinct values. The exterior of the buildings are of prime importance as is the relationship between the structures. The interiors are important if original fittings and fixtures still survive. Track works and maintenance to the buildings are able to be undertaken without a permit.