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Sydney-Goulburn Railway Cairn : October 2013
Sydney-Goulburn Railway Cairn : October 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A cairn commemorates the centenary of the Sydney to Goulburn Railway.

Following the completion of the first railway from Sydney to Parramatta Junction in 1855, proposals for the first railways to the rest of NSW were driven by rural constituents seeking improved transport for primary produce from the inland centres of Goulburn, Bathurst, Singleton and Muswellbrook.

Almost a decade later, the single line from Marulan to Goulburn opened on 27 May 1869 . The railway station was also officially opened on 27 May 1869 with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the first train between Sydney and Goulburn departed Sydney at five minutes past eight in the morning and arrived in Goulburn at five minutes to four, travelling at a maximum speed of 35mph.

Location

Address:Sloane Street , Goulburn Railway Station , Goulburn, 2580
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.758063
Long: 149.718881
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:1869
Approx. Event End Date:1969

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th May, 1969
Front Inscription

THIS CAIRN CONTAINS HISTORICAL 
DOCUMENTS TO MARK THE CENTENARY 
OF THE SYDNEY TO GOULBURN RAILWAY 
AND WAS SEALED ON THE 24TH MAY 1969
IT IS DESIRED THAT THE CONTAINER 
BE OPENED ON 24TH MAY 2069.
UNVEILED BY N.McCUSKER ESQ., C.B.E. 
COMMISSIONER FOR RAILWAYS N.S.W 
ON 24TH MAY 1969.

Source: HNSW, MA
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