Beyond the facade flinders street, more than just a railway. With a standing history of more than a hundred years, this is australias oldest railway station. The flinders street station is the central railway station of melbourne and an icon of the citys culture and history. Over 3,000 copies of jenny davies book, beyond the facade. In 1854, the melbourne terminus was the first city railway station built in australia and was situated on the corner of flinders and elizabeth streets. Consequently flinders street station did, until the 1980s, house a diversity of commercial interests and non railway government departments, as well as being the focus of innumerable social and community events. See more ideas about melbourne, melbourne victoria and street. Construction began in 1902 and the station remains melbournes most recognisable landmark. It is on the corner of flinders and swanston streets next to the yarra river in the middle of the city, stretching from swanston street to queen street and covering two city blocks.
Flinders street station simple english wikipedia, the. If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. The building in question is the 19th century flinders street railway station. Entrance to flinders street railway station, viewed from inside towards the intersection of flinders and swanston streets, melbourne. Certificate of ability to render first aid to the injured has attended a further course of instruction at the flinders street railway subcentre. For flinders street station, red brick, easily found in melbournes architecture at the time, dominates the facades. The nicholas building is a landmark historic office and retail building located at 37 swanston st, at the intersection of swanston street and flinders lane, in the central business district of melbourne, australia. Opened on september 12 th 1854, flinders street station was the first railway station built in any australian city. Top things to do near flinders street station, melbourne.
Flinders street station through the ages traces magazine. Alamein, belgrave, craigieburn, cranbourne, frankston, glen waverley, hurstbridge, lilydale, mernda, pakenham, sandringham, sunbury, upfield, werribee, williamstown. Before federation square took the honours, flinders street station was melbournes favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase meet me under the clocks. The future of the upfield line was in serious doubt in the late 1980s and early 1990s with proposals for the. The flinders street railway station complex occupies a site that has been one of the central points of melbournes rail system since the 1850s. Hawkstowe railway station is a station on the mernda line in victoria, australia. Melbourne terminus, as it was called then was a collection of weatherboard sheds and on opening day, the first steam train journey in australia left from the station to. Photo by rexness history the melbourne terminus was the very first train station on flinders street. Each weekday, about 105,000 people and 1,500 trains use the station. The line was owned and operated by melbourne and hobsons bay railway company, opening in 1854. Because the plans for the chhatrapati shivaji terminus in mumbai, india, and those for flinders street were supposedly switched during a boat crossing.
Jenny davies takes a deep dive into the fascinating social and architectural history of our most famous local landmark. Flinders street station is the central railway station of the rail network of melbourne, australia. Australian train station attracts fierce competition. Notice the bollards near the station, as this intersection was the scene of a crazy. If you are new to melbourne, this is the place where you are most likely to start your exploration of the city. This book spans the history of australian architectural, from the bark and split slab cottages of the. Flinders street station hosts the metro train system which runs throughout the melbourne cbd via the city loop and also connects the city to the outer suburbs of greater melbourne and victoria. Flinders street railway station is a railway station on the corner of flinders and swanston streets in melbourne, victoria, australia.
Flinders street station, attraction, melbourne, victoria. Flinders street railway station at the corner of flinders and swanston streets is the oldest station in australia 1910 although the first station on this site opened in 1854. Secrets of melbournes historic flinders street station. Mar 12, 2014 flinders street station ballroom is in decay, shut off from the eastern half of the stations third floor by padlocked metal gates. It serves the northeastern melbourne suburb of south morang having opened 26 august 2018. Flinders street station, melbourne, australia history. Following several highprofile collisions in the early 20th century, a number of network safety processes were implemented by the operator to improve passenger safety. Ashworth, flinders street station has since become an iconic melbourne elevation. It travelled to sandridge now port melbourne, over. Flinders street station ballroom melbourne, australia. Things to do near flinders street station on tripadvisor. See all 20 flinders street station tours on tripadvisor. The flinders street railway station and its neogothic architecture with south asian accents begs the question, why such a style for an australian train station. A 2nd reprint is due to be released by the beginning of october 2012.
The upfield railway line is a commuter rail service operating between flinders street in the melbourne central business district through melbournes northern suburbs including west melbourne, north melbourne, parkville, brunswick, coburg, coburg north, hadfield, glenroy and coolaroo. Hoddles first rail proposal through to illustrations of hobsons bay and the timeball tower, halfpenny token used to overcome shortage of copper coins, melbourne and hobsons bay united railway co. Get started researching buildings and houses research guides. Designed in the historical art nouveau style in 1910, it is australias oldest and busiest railway station. Beyond the facade flinders street more than just a railway station by davies, jenny and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Flinders street station has been both the focal point of melbournes railway network and an icon in the city skyline since 1854. Melbourne terminus, as it was called then was a collection of weatherboard sheds and on opening day, the first steam train journey in australia left from the station to sandridge now port melbourne. The book of xii plus 339 pages is well illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams. Our station flinders street about flinders street station. Nov 11, 2016 melbournes other major city station, spencer street now southern cross, opened in 1859 and a ground level railway was built connecting it to flinders street in 1879. Jan 26, 2019 the intrepid spirit of matthew flinders lives on in more than 100 australian sites. Flinders street station the central railway station of the suburban rail network of melbourne, australia.
Trains have been arriving at the site of flinders street station long before the construction of the iconic building we recognise today. The book of xii plus 339 pages is well illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, timetables, other references and an index. Flinders street station, the busiest railway hub in all of australia, is home to a decaying beauty of a ballroom, an abandoned leftover from the bygone era of railroad romance while the station. The building itself was the result an architectural competition held in 1902, and mary lewis, librarian, introduces us to the original winning entry, held at state library of victoria. Present day flinders street station building completed. Melbournes other major city station, spencer street now southern cross, opened in 1859 and a ground level railway was built connecting it to flinders street in 1879. This is a copy of the lithograph of flinders street station, street elevation that was signed off by the builder peter rodger in september 1905. There was a small tunnel with rails in it from spencer st to the old mail sorting office over the road. Crash at richmond killed 9, injured 500, up elsternwick pass. Address flinders street railway station swanston st flinders st melbourne city 3000 phone numbers lost property 03 9610 7512 feedback 1800 800. Flinders street station, melbourne, victoria, australia stand beneath the clocks of melbournes iconic railway station, as tourists and melburnians have done for generations. It is on the corner of flinders and swanston streets next to the yarra river in the heart of the city. The abandoned ballroom inside had a chequered history before its untimely close in 1985. The first railway station in the flinders street site was called melbourne or city terminus, and was a collection of sheds.
Upfield railway line wikimili, the free encyclopedia. There was a military bunker under spencer street railway station as well as swanston street. Grey granite from harcourt victoria and locally available lightweight timber. Sep 06, 2010 trains have been arriving at the site of flinders street station long before the construction of the iconic building we recognise today. With millions of visitors travelling through the station every year, flinders street station has a number of train lines and facilities to assist commuters. It was completed in 1854 and was officially opened on 12 september by sir charles hotham. We recommend booking flinders street station tours ahead of time to secure your spot. Anecdotes about melbourne switching train stations. Culture victoria is supported by the victorian government through creative victoria. Nicholas building is situated 120 meters north of flinders street station. The affinity and affection that many people have for this building is still strongly evident in the culture of melbourne. It was opened on 12 september 1854 by the lieutenantgovernor, charles hotham. Photo by eustaquio santimano flinders street clock flinders street railway station. The railway vaults were built primarily to support the rail viaduct that.
Inside, water is leaking from the roof and the plasterwork is crumbling away. The terminus was the first city railway station in australia, and the opening day saw the first steam train trip in the country. Camberwell station 1907, maryborough, flinders street station 1895 and under the clocks. Work began in march 1853 on the sandridge railway line, stretching 4 kilometres 2. Flinders street station melbourne 2020 all you need to. Werribee railway station to flinders street railway station via the straight. To begin the tour, select a level from the elevation below or slide the navigation bar to the right and highlight the required area. Advertising banner over the entrance to the station reads, young and old, be fit and slim. Backing onto the city reach of the yarra river in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from swanston street to queen street. View of flinders street station looking towards the domain.
Wonthaggi coal mine shipped first train load of coal. Keith and jack set up their first shop in the third vault, 367 flinders street, in january 1946. First published in 2003 in print whether its a packed station or an empty station, theres something to stir the memory at flinders street station. Flinders street station history a guide to melbournes most iconic landmark. Flinders street railway station my guide melbourne. The intrepid spirit of matthew flinders lives on in more than. Beyond the facade flinders street, more than just a. The old cae building was in flinders street and i think it had previously been a retail store in 194050s. Alamein, belgrave, craigieburn, cranbourne, frankston, glen waverley, hurstbridge, lilydale, mernda, pakenham, sandringham, sunbury.
Flinders street railway stations is a victorian heritage site. Located on the junction of swanston street and flinders street and stretching along the banks of the yarra river, the station began its life in 1854 as a collection of weatherboard train sheds. Flinders street station simple english wikipedia, the free. Take a train for outermelbourne explorations, join a tour to learn more about the history of the grand building, or go underneath the station to see the changing. Flinders street station flinders street railway station. In the 1920s victorian railways was the operator of the worlds busiest train station flinders street and one of the worlds busiest railway networks.
The intrepid spirit of matthew flinders lives on in more. The first train line at flinders street was constructed in 1854 and further lines and platforms were installed and rearranged both before and after construction of the main station. Get started researching buildings and houses research. Built in 1854, this train station has cemented itself as one of the citys most identifiable landmarks, with tourists.
Beyond the facade invites the reader to explore the many and varied uses of flinders street station over and above its primary function as the central suburban rail terminus. The first railway station to occupy the flinders street site was called melbourne terminus, and was a collection of weatherboard train sheds. The story of flinders street railway station in melbourne, australia. Beyond the facade flinders street, more than just a railway station. Books on flinders street station flinders st station melbournes taj mahal. This website represents a further stage in the development of the flinders street station project which was conceived and instigated by jenny davies, researcher, writer and provocateur the age magazine dec 2011 the project began with the publication of jennys architectural, social and commercial history of the station in may 2009 entitled, beyond. Flinders street railway station public building in. It was built after a competition for the design, in the. For anyone that is alive in melbourne today, flinders street station history is engrained within their perception of this beautiful city. Flinders street, more than just a railway station, have been sold since it was launched in may 2009. The lost melbourne tour walking tours of melbourne. Flinders street station history a guide to melbournes.1297 383 1510 327 1599 1296 1083 323 960 850 1506 983 1545 809 1413 1077 610 1465 798 145 807 1578 137 1020 462 266 212 656 998 5 653 288 947 10 1021 1184 1444 63 964 1210 1040