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Address Churchill Road KILBURN
Locality KILBURN
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Port Adelaide Enfield Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Islington Railway Workshops Fabrication Shop [includes related Weighbridge - Object of heritage significance]
Registered Name Islington Workshop - Railway Apprentice School, Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office, Fabrication Shop, Fabrication Shop Annex and Foundry
Significance STATEMENT OF HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE (PLACE) - Fabrication Shop (SHP 14686) The following Statement of Heritage Significance dates from the time of entry of the Fabrication Shop Islington Railway Workshops SHP 14686 on the South Australia Heritage Register on 9 February 1995. A minor modification to the Summary of State Heritage Place was endorsed by the South Australian Heritage Council on 17 May 2017 when it was found that the original date for the operation of the Islington Workshops, 1892, was inaccurate. The correct date for the establishment of the Workshops is 1883. The South Australian railways were fundamental to the history and development of South Australia. After their establishment in 1883, these workshops played a fundamental role in the operation and development of the railways. Also, at the time of its establishment in 1883 and after its rejuvenation in 1925-27, this complex was amongst the most significant industrial complexes in South Australia and responsible for the production of large and complicated machinery. The workshops played a particularly important role in producing war materials during World War II. The alterations to the complex from time to time reflected those affecting the railways generally. STATEMENT OF HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE (OBJECT) The weighbridge is a rare example of an early twentieth century railway weighbridge and is intrinsically related to the heritage significance of the Fabrication Shop (SHP 14686) and the manufacturing and maintenance operations of the Islington Railway Workshops. South Australian Railways was a leading manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock in South Australia, and it was in the Fabrication Shop SHP 14686 where initially steam locomotives from 1885 and then wood and steel carriages from 1925 were manufactured and maintained. The weighbridge located on the adjacent railway lines was a critical component in both the manufacture and maintenance of both locomotives and carriages. Before a locomotive or carriage was sent from the Islington Railway Workshops, the load over each wheel and the axels had to be correctly balanced to prevent damage to the locomotive, carriage and/or tracks from occurring. As a consequence, the weighbridge played a significant role in the success of the Islington Railway Workshops and its contribution to heavy industry and the social and economic development of South Australia in the twentieth century. The weighbridge is one of only a few remaining examples of early twentieth century railway weighbridges in South Australia.
Subject Index Transport (Rail) - Railway Workshop
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 09-FEB-1995
LGA Port Adelaide Enfield
State Heritage ID 14686
Heritage Number 2954
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 6179/403 D95846 APTA 144,CT 6179/407 D95846 A(ROAD) 145-146,CT 6179/408 D95846 A(ROAD) 147-151,CT 6179/401 D95846 APTA 144,CT 6179/402 D95846 APTA 144,CT 6179/404 D95846 APTA 144,CT 6179/406 D95846 A161,CT 6221/564 D116985 A160,CT 6221/565 D116985 A161,CT 5957/564 D66165 APTA 44


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