Tuesday, 6 December 2011

COBURG RAILWAY STATION - 1888

Coburg is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km north from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Moreland, although a handful of properties on Coburg's Eastern boundary are located in the City of Darebin. At the 2006 Census, Coburg had a population of 23,772. Coburg was surveyed by Robert Hoddle in 1837–38 and he recorded details of the first white person living in Coburg. It was a Mr Hyatt who had a sheep station and hut on the east bank of the Merri Creek near present Outlook Road.

By 1849 there were 21 farms in the area. In 1884 the railway line opened, and in February 1889 the horse tram service began along Sydney Road (electric trams did not start running until 1916). In 1888 Coburg Railway Station was built. By l899 there were 6000 people in the district.

The Railway Station is a fine old Victorian red brick building typical of the period, that has been well-preserved. It is still used and presently, with Coburg Station classed as a Premium Station, being in Metcard Zone 1. The large red brick building houses an enclosed waiting area, ticketing facilities and toilets.

This post is part of the "Our World Tuesday" meme.

16 comments:

  1. I love this fine old Victorian railway building.

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  2. Great blog Nick, not just the excellent photos and text but also for reminding us that there are so many interesting and beautiful things around us that we barely notice.

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  3. Interesting background information and great photo Nick.

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  4. Beautiful pic inviting a trip by train!

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  5. So great to see such a lovely old building so well looked after and used for what it was originally designed for. Excellent info Nick.

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  6. What a beautiful railway station. I really appreciate the architectural styles of these old railway stations.

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  7. Victorian railways stations are always interesting. great shot Nix.

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  8. Old railway stations are usually lovely buildings. And also much smaller than I imagine them to be.

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  9. Magic light on a sharp building.

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  10. Hi there - they really don’t do public buildings like that anymore.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. I'm so pleased that many of these old railway stations still exist. It's a shame when the are modernized.

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  12. Such a beautiful railway station, you'v captured it well!
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

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  13. Hi, Nix! I like antique architectures of different styles. I’m glad such a treasure is well preserved and still used. Your photo is superb!

    Thanks for your visit and a comment. I’ll be your follower, too.

    Yoko

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  14. Hello.
    Very nice picture.
    Wishing you a good Tuesday.
    / Hanne Bente ♥

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  15. Beautiful red bricks on this building. So different from my world.

    Thanks for your nice comments:-)

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  16. Hello, is this thread still open?

    Is there a list available of the 11 or is it 14 brick VR stations in this style?

    They include Clifton Hill, Maldon, Jewell, Coburg and Ascot Vale.

    Many thanks, Alicia (gunzel).

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