Standard Gauge commemorative plaque at SSS

 
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
Hi All,
Tried posting this in Melbourne Suburban, no luck.
Hopefully others frequent this forum

I was hoping someone who frequents SSS/Southern Cross Station can help me out.
There was a large plaque at the old SSS commemorating the first train from "Batman's Hill" , the rebuilding of the terminal and station building for the Standard Gauge service, and the first SG passenger train into Melbourne on 13/4/1962.

Was this preserved in the new SCS? If so, where is it?
Does anyone have a picture of it, now or then?

Thanks for your help in advance,
Cheers
Pete

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  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Hi All,
Tried posting this in Melbourne Suburban, no luck.
Hopefully others frequent this forum

I was hoping someone who frequents SSS/Southern Cross Station can help me out.
There was a large plaque at the old SSS commemorating the first train from "Batman's Hill" , the rebuilding of the terminal and station building for the Standard Gauge service, and the first SG passenger train into Melbourne on 13/4/1962.

Was this preserved in the new SCS? If so, where is it?
Does anyone have a picture of it, now or then?

Thanks for your help in advance,
Cheers
Pete
steambuff

I've honestly not seen it, but that's not to say it doesn't exist. The mural for example was in the old station but is now a part of the shopping centre on Spencer St but I doubt something like the plaque would be in the shopping centre.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
If the plaque was to commemorate the opening of the building, I doubt "the Powers that be" would see any reason to keep the plaque once that building was demolished.

What do you want it for? Was an ancestor of yours mentioned on it as the architect or builder or something?
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
If the plaque was to commemorate the opening of the building, I doubt "the Powers that be" would see any reason to keep the plaque once that building was demolished.

What do you want it for? Was an ancestor of yours mentioned on it as the architect or builder or something?
Bogong

Thanks Bogong & Vlocity160,
I have the pattern used to make the original casting, minus (quite a few) relevant letters that have dropped off from its travels over the years. before landing in my backyard.
Was trying to verify the details, but I think I've managed to sort it out.
I have it on display in my layout room - bit of a one of a kind thing.
Cheers, and thanks
Pete
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
The Public Records Office (PRO) in North Melbourne have literally millions of historic photos produced by bureaucracies over the years.

So if you really want to see what the original looked like and have a few hours to spare, go to their website, do a search for something like "1962 Spencer St Station opening plaque", wade through the results, choose the files that are most likely to have relevant photos in them and order them to be delivered for a time when you can visit.

Then sit down in the reading area and leaf through the files filled with petty correspondence plus a few diagrams, photos and plans. Amazingly this service is free.
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
The Public Records Office (PRO) in North Melbourne have literally millions of historic photos produced by bureaucracies over the years.

So if you really want to see what the original looked like and have a few hours to spare, go to their website, do a search for something like "1962 Spencer St Station opening plaque", wade through the results, choose the files that are most likely to have relevant photos in them and order them to be delivered for a time when you can visit.

Then sit down in the reading area and leaf through the files filled with petty correspondence plus a few diagrams, photos and plans. Amazingly this service is free.
Bogong

Thanks Bogong,
I've tried lots of searching on line for an image, but no luck. (but lots of interesting stuff, and all free!).  Working full-time has put paid to any visit so far, but I'll save the idea for a holiday trip.  I remember reading a discussion elsewhere online to it, referencing Leo Harrigan's "Victorian Railways to '62" but perusing my copy only gives a few lines of text, and no picture.
Thanks
Pete
  scumcock Locomotive Fireman

There is a picture of the plaque when unveiled in a
VR newsletter around that date don't ask me what one.
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
There is a picture of the plaque when unveiled in a
VR newsletter around that date don't ask me what one.
scumcock

Thanks for the heads up.
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
Thanks for the heads up.
steambuff

Original plaque reads (Missing letters are underlined)


SPENCER STREET STATION


THE FIRST TRAIN RAN FROM THIS STATION. – THEN KNOWN
AS BATMAN’S HILL STATION – TO WILLIAMSTOWN AND
SUNBURY 13
TH. JANUARY 1859 TO MARK THE OPENING OF
THE VICTORIAN RAILWAYS.




THE TERMINAL AND STATION BUILDING WERE


COMPLETELY REBUILT FOR THE STANDARD GAUGE SERVICE
MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY. THE FIRST STANDARD GAUGE PASSENGER
TRAIN CARRYING VISCOUNT D
EL’ISLE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF
AUSTRALIA ARRIVED HERE FROM SYDNEY 13
TH. ARPIL 1962.


E.H.BROWNBILL CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSIONERS

G.F. BROWN DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

E.P. ROGAN COMMISSIONER


PLANNING AND DESIGN BY V.R. WAY & WORKS BRANCH


L.A. REYNOLDS CHIEF CIVIL ENGINEER


?.D.B. COOK
SENIOR ARCHITECT




C
ONSULTANT ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS


LEITH AND BARTLETT PTY. LTD.




Discrepancies:

According to Parliamentary Report1962, G.F.W. Brown, but plaque is definitely G.F. Brown

According to Parliamentary Report1963, D.B.Cook, Senior Architect, but plaque appears to have a missing character and a period before D.B.Cook

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