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Water Tower, Brook St, Sunbury, VIC, Australia

Photographs None
List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Identified through State processes
Place ID 103640
Place File No 2/13/007/0025
Statement of Significance
The water tower at Sunbury Railway Station, Brook Street, Sunbury is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria.

The water tower is architecturally significant as a representative and substantially intact example of a water supply installation.

It is historically significant for its association with the steam era as an example of a water tower constructed during the late 19th century to facilitate the operation of steam engines.

The water tower is also significant because of being constructed as part of the 'main trunk lines', Victoria's first railway lines. This period of construction, c 1857 - c. 1869, were the formative years of railway development in Victoria. (Australian Historic Themes: 3.8 Moving goods and people, 3.8.6 Building and maintaining railways, 3.8.8 Getting fuel to engines, 4.6 Remembering significant phases in the development of settlements, cities and towns)

This place is entered in the Victorian Heritage Register (20/7/2000). The Australian Heritage Commission recognises the standards of historic assessment of Heritage Victoria and therefore acknowledges that this place has National Estate historic values. Enquiries concerning the assessment or conservation of this place should be directed in the first instance to Heritage Victoria.
Commonwealth authorities and bodies should contact the Australian
Heritage Commission directly if any Commonwealth action is proposed in
relation to this place.
Official Values Not Available
Description
HISTORY

The water tower at Sunbury was constructed in 1861 on the Melbourne-Bendigo line, by J Bett for the Victorian railways, to facilitate the operation of steam engines.

The water tower was constructed as part of the `main trunk lines', Victoria's first railway lines. This period of construction, c.1857 - c.1869, were the formative years of railway development in Victoria.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

It is a standard 20000-gallon riveted iron square tank surmounting an arcaded brick base. The base features a basalt plinth, sills, impost moulding and stringcourse. The arched window openings have been bricked up. The Water Tower is located adjacent to the Sunbury Railway Station (an Edwardian building constructed in 1910) and is no longer in use.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
CONDITION

Refer to State listing for further information.

INTEGRITY

The Water Tower at Sunbury Railway Station is substantially intact and has relatively high integrity which contributes to it's significance as a heritage place. (2000) See the State Listing for further information.
Location
Located at Sunbury Railway Station, Brook Street, Sunbury, comprising the Water Tower and surrounding land as entered in the Victorian Heritage Register on 20 July 2000.
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Report Produced  Mon Apr 21 03:02:14 2014