Flinders Street Station

20 February, 2011

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne.
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Question: How old is Flinders Street Station?

Answer: The original station was built on the site in 1854 and Flinders Street Station as we know it today was completed in 1910.

A worldwide competition for a new design was held in 1899 and 2 Victorian Railway Officials, JW Fawcett and HPC Ashworth entering under the syndicate name ‘Green Light’ were awarded the first prize of £500 in 1900 for their design for the new look Flinders Street Railway Station.

Construction began in 1905 and the clock tower that we know today along with the impressive main entrance have become Melbourne landmarks and anyone who has spent any time in Melbourne will undoubtedly have used the phrase ‘meet you under the clocks’ at some time or another! 

Interestingly, HPC Ashworth did not live to see the completion of the building and this is the only known project they worked on together.

There was talk in the 1960’s and 1970’s to demolish the building and replace it with some considered more modern, but Victorian’s fought for their much loved station and icon, and as a result, Flinders Street Railway Station is now listed on the Victorian Heritage Act and the National Trust.

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Elle Patterson 22 February, 2011 22:21
what is the oldest thing in the melbourne museum currently?
Discovery Centre 25 February, 2011 11:21
Hello Elle - We think the oldest thing in the museum is part of a meteorite on display in the Dynamic Earth exhibition at Melbourne Museum. This meteorite contains 'presolar grains', these are minerals and other material that were formed well before our own sun formed; these are well over 4.5 billion years old, or to put it another way, over 4500000000 years old!
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edward wemyss 10 May, 2011 19:01
Is there still plans of a possible railway museum at flinders st station, dont know if this is true? as some told me that their was a huge amount of train stuff being held at the station in storage at the station. regards, Edward
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Discovery Centre 22 May, 2011 14:08
We have not heard any news about a museum at Flinders Street Station. They may have a small collection from the former Victorian Railways Institute, the VR social and sporting organisation. There are certainly moves to lobby the state government for funds to restore the old ballroom in the Station. Jenny Davies, who wrote the book Beyond the Facade: Flinders Street, has a website linked at the right that you may be interested in checking out.