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Address Railway Terrace TEROWIE
Locality TEROWIE
Accuracy L - low level confidence
Development Plan Goyder Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Terowie Railway Station (platform with plaques, part of original station building including porter's lamp room & connected lavatories & detached guard room)
Registered Name Terowie Railway Station (platform with plaques, part of original station building including porter's lamp room and connected lavatories and detached guard room)
Significance The site of the Terowie Railway station, and the platform from which General Douglas MacArthur made his famous speech during World War Two ('I came out of Bataan and I shall return'), are of very high historical significance. The surviving buildings, the platform and the plaque commemorating MacArthur's visit are of interest as relics closely associated with that significance and with the importance of the South Australian railway network and the station's role in the War effort. The break of gauge at Terowie meant that the town was a pivot for the Silverton to Burra, Adelaide to Perth and Adelaide to Alice Springs routes. During the War all north-bound men and goods were transhipped there - part of the largest domestic transport operation of the War.
Subject Index Miscellaneous - Site of / related to a significant event; Transport (Rail) - Railway Station
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 12-DEC-1996
LGA Goyder Regional Council
State Heritage ID 14881
Heritage Number 14354
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
f - it has strong cultural or spiritual associations for the community or a group within it
g - it has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 6097/600 D81158 A89,CT 6097/601 D81158 A90


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