In 2001, the Maryborough Railway Station Conservation works were initiated to address problems associated with long term maintenance neglect and inappropriate repair works. These problems threatened not only the cultural significance of the place but the resumption of passenger services (suspended between 1993 and 2010) and ongoing patronage of its retail tenants.

Extensive research and detailed forensic surveys were required to resolve complex modes of building fabric deterioration and develop innovative but sensitive remediation techniques. A materials scientist, heritage structural engineer and glass and ceramics conservators were pivotal in resolving and implementing these works. A conscious effort was made to minimise the introduction of new building fabric and faithfully reconstruct original details by implementing a range of traditional crafts and trades, in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter 1999 principles of conservation.

The ambition of the project, conducted in three stages over 10 years, has been to re-establish the building to its former 19th century Goldfields opulence and to a position of respected prominence for both Maryborough and the Victorian Railway Network. The project has enabled the on-going use of a valuable asset and provided an opportunity to generate broader public support for further conservation of the Victorian Railway network.

AIA Jury Comments:

‘In 1895 the extravagant new station was described by Mark Twain as ‘A railway station with a town attached.’ In 2001, when RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants began work, the station was at risk … Expert conservation has now given the town every reason to become very attached to its railway station.’

Winner 2008 API award for heritage projects.
Winner 2013 AIA Victoria Architecture Award for Heritage Architecture
Finalist 2013 Dulux Colour Awards for Commercial Exteriors