Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Arncliffe Railway Station

above: September 2000

8 Sep 2006 - the old indicator boards - soon to be no more.

above: Iron lace work feature, typical of Victorian architecture

The Illawarra railway line, linking Wollongong and the South Coast with Sydney was talked about and supported from the 1860s. At the 1874 election, the voters of west Botany Municipal District enthusiastically supported those candidates who supported the extension of the railway.
By 1878 the route of the line through Arncliffe was clearly defined, and in on 30 November 1881, was approved by Parliament. The result was a modest population explosion, and a lot of subdivision in the Arncliffe area.

The railway opened in October 1884.

Arncliffe station is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture.

Update 22 Feb 2008. Taken Jan 24, 2007 - The electronic boards arrived. Unfortunately they are almost impossible to read; as the light hits the screens they are illegible. That's progress.


Jim said...

That's great. You've got some great pictures there from Arncliffe Railway Station.

If anyone's interested I've posted some of my photos on the wikipedia CityRail for Arncliffe Railway Station.


Anonymous said...

the photos are great, i love the one with the woman adjusting the time for the next train - just great.

photo-effe said...

wonderful pictures
greating from Switzerland

Sally said...

Thanks all.

jazzy - I have become quite friendly with her over the years and she happily posed for me.

Anonymous said...

great pictures of the railway station .. seems like the staff working there is caring too .. should be a fun place for the kids to go to .. on a trip.

loved the pictures .. the sun seems warm even from here.

lucinda said...
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lucinda said...

I also live in Arncliffe and know exactly what you mean about it not being one of the glamourous suburbs. I also agree the the suburb does have some charm to it. I enjoyed reading the histories about the area especially Tempe House because I had often wondered about it. I also liked the photo of the woman at the train station, I hope she's still there when I get back from Mexico. No comment though about the fact we have the best falafels in Sydney!

Anonymous said...

Lived in Arncliffe all my life, was great to see your blog.
Am heading to the UK and was thinking of going to check out Arncliffe, was wondering what advice you could give on what to see/where to stay?

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,

Came across your bloigs via Duncan Reiley this morning. I also live in Arncliffe and married into a family that has been in this area since the early 1900's. Much of the victorian architecture that dominated the area has been pulled down in favour of development. Such a shame :-( Contact me and we can have an Arncliffe bloggers coffee catch up.

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