What is significant?
Wonthaggi Railway Station was constructed in 1912 by A Frongernd on the Nyora-Wonthaggi line for the Victorian Railways. The complex comprises a Queen Anne style, brick and rough cast, hip-roofed station building, a corrugated iron goods shed, van goods shed and a motor powered crane. The railway station has not been in use since 1978.
How is it significant?
Wonthaggi Railway Station is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Wonthaggi Railway Station is architecturally significant as a unique and intact example of the 'Gisborne' style of station building. The 'Gisborne' style is described as being typically Edwardian with a distinct Queen Anne character, and was constructed during the years 1909 to c.1920. It forms one of the largest groups of standard station buildings, spread throughout the rail network.
Wonthaggi Railway Station is historically significant for the role it played in the exploitation of Victoria's coalfields. The railway line was established in 1910, and the permanent location of the line and the station was the basis for the scheme of subdivisions as Wonthaggi began to flourish. Thus the railway line and station are significant for their role in the development of Wonthaggi proper (Coghlan, JM). The 'Gisborne' style of station building, that Wonthaggi Railway Station is an example of, was a design developed to satisfy the urgent need for improved standards of the existing facilities during the years of 1909 to c.1920.