What is significant?
The Patchewollock Railway Station Complex was constructed in 1919 on the Patchewollock-Hopetoun line by the Victorian Railways. It consists of a small, timber station building, with office and former lobby, and a gable roof and posted verandah on a low-level platform. The complex also includes a standard timber van goods shed and goods shed. The goods shed platform, loading platform and toilet shed have all been removed. In 1986 the station was closed and the railway line to Patchewollock was discontinued. Consequently the tracks have mostly been removed, with a small section of the tracks being retained immediately in front of the station building.
How is it significant?
Patchewollock Railway Station Complex is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Patchewollock Railway Station Complex is architecturally significant as a rare and intact example of a series of stations built in Victoria in the early twentieth century. It is the only 1919 'Manangatang' Type B Style station building in existence. The 'Manangatang' style of station building is of a rectangular plan, designed to allow for future extension along the main axis.
Patchewollock Railway Station is historically significant as an example of a station built for the extension of the railway into the Mallee and Wimmera regions.
Patchewollock Railway Station is historically significant as an example of a station built for the extension of the railway network into the Mallee and Wimmera regions in the early twentieth century. This was a period marked by heavy budget restrictions and increased restraints on station building design (Ward, 1982). The subsequent development of the region through the rail network enabled substantial harvests to be yielded from the formerly unproductive land and transported to Melbourne.
PATCHEWOLLOCK RAILWAY STATION COMPLEX - Permit Exemptions
1. All alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner that prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.
2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.
3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.
4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.
5. Nothing in this declaration exempts the owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
* All basic refurbishment works including repairs to buildings and structures, where works are documented and administered by a recognised conservation consultant.
* Installation of perimeter fencing.
* Installation of new landscaping features but excluding earthworks where more than 1m3 of ground is to be altered.
*Replacement of decayed fabric with fabric that matches the original design and profile.
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant signage.
* Installation of temporary protective hoardings, screens and the like for the protection against intrusion of vandals and the like provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric.
* Installation of new damp proofing and making good to match existing, adjacent surfaces.
* Interior painting but not stripping of existing paint scheme.
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant carpets/flexible floor coverings.
* Installation of new but not removal of existing original significant fixtures and fittings, including clocks, soft furnishings including curtain tracks, rods, blinds and other window dressings, and the like.
* Installation of new but not the removal of existing original significant signage.
* Installation of new partitions provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric.
* Replacement of non-original kitchen and toilet fixtures provided that no damage is sustained to significant fabric.
* Installation of insulation to ceiling spaces.
* Installation of hooks, nails and other devices for the hanging of paintings, mirrors and other wall mounted works of art.
PATCHEWOLLOCK RAILWAY STATION COMPLEX - Permit Exemption Policy
The purpose of the permit exemptions is to allow works that do not impact on the significance of the place to occur without the need for a permit. The Patchewollock Railway Station is important for its individual buildings and structures as well as its precinct values. The exterior of the buildings are of prime importance as is the relationship between the structures. The interiors are important if original fittings and fixtures still survive. Track works and maintenance to the buildings are able to be undertaken without a permit.