What is significant?
The Rosedale Railway Station Complex, dating from 1881, was designed by William Elsdon (Engineer in Chief) and constructed by the contractors Ezard & Co, on the Melbourne-Sale line, for the Victorian Railways. It comprises of a substantially intact timber station building and residence with timber posted verandah to platform, finials and chimneystacks. An addition has been constructed at the down-end. The goods shed is a single door, timber framed and curved roofed structure with convex eaves. Other significant structures include a hand-operated crane, and the brick faced passenger platform with basalt coping. While the station building is still in operation, the station building is currently leased by the local shire council.
How is it significant?
Rosedale Railway Station Complex is architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Rosedale Railway Station Complex is historically significant as a representative example of a station building constructed during the 'light lines' era (c.1869 - c.1884).
Rosedale Railway Station is architecturally significant as the most representative and intact example of the 'Rosedale' sub-group type, a typological group that featured timber station buildings. It is enhanced by the unusual, curvilinear roofed goods shed, which itself is significant as a representative and rare example of its particular type. The intact hand operated crane also enhances the character of the complex. (Beeston, 1995)