Stuart Town Railway Station, originally known as Ironbarks, opened in 1880 in regional New South Wales and was in operation for over 100 years. Today, it is of State heritage significance as one of the best examples of a Victorian period ‘Standard Roadside Station Building’ on the NSW railway system.
Over the Easter break, visitors to the gold-mining town were treated to a rare open day during The Man From Ironbark Festival, so named after the famous poem by A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson. The annual event attracts more than 4,000 tourists each year.
Visitors could freely wander the single platform station, passenger waiting rooms, and ticket office. Sydney Trains Heritage staff were also onsight to share the history of the station with the community.
Art of Multimedia was delighted to assist Sydney Trains with some way-finding signage and interpretive displays by way of two pull up banners. Lightweight banners are ideal for travel and a favourite go-to for event coordinators. AOM also designed and printed a double-sided A6 postcard featuring historical photography provided by the Stuart Town Archives, which was included in guest handouts provided by Sydney Trains.
Heritage Officer, Amy Keighran, was delighted with the success of the day and commented that the banners were a great way to help people appreciate and celebrate their local heritage. An integral part of the day was encouraging the community to share their own personal stories and memories of the station.
"Visitors especially loved the postcards – they were a big hit on the day with people taking multiples for friends and family," said Amy.
The Stuart Town station building, platforms, remnant structures and other remaining features illustrate the heritage value of this station to the township and surrounding area, as well as the confidence and pride in railway construction of impressive civic buildings during the Victorian period.
Find out more about Sydney Trains Heritage at sydneytrains.info/about/heritage