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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 New South Wales 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.


Address:Sloane Street , Goulburn Railway Station , Goulburn, 2580
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.758063
Long: 149.718881
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1869
Approx. Event End Date:1969


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This Cairn Contains Historical
Documents To Mark The Centenary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
Commissioner For Railways N.S.W.
On 24th May 1969.

Source: HNSW, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au