The Shelbourne Railway Station Complex is of great historic significance. The complex demonstrates the importance of rail transportation prior to the development of the internal combustion engine after World War I. The railway complex is a comparatively intact example of a station ground established under the terms the Victorian Government’s Act No 821, which facilitated a railway boom in Victoria.
Situated on a branch line, which, like so many others that have also been closed since the 1950’s, it was built in 1891 to facilitate the delivery and collection of products for Shelbourne settlers by horse and dray. The proximity to a railhead was an essential precursor for settlement. The Complex is notable because the line proposed to reach Laanecoorie was never completed, stopping short at Shelbourne. The station is therefore unique because it was in fact designed as an intermediate station only on the proposed route to Laanecoorie, even though it acted as a branch line terminus throughout its existence.
The Shelbourne Railway Station Complex contributes to the wider cultural values of historic Maldon branch railway, constituting the second phase in that line’s construction. It is of aesthetic significance because of its isolated setting in rural paddocks, approximately seventeen kilometers from the nearest township at Maldon, with the extant silo coming unexpectedly into view over the surrounding flat and treeless plains.
When visiting the region please read the updated Victorian Roadmap here. We would like to remind all visitors to be respectful to all businesses they are visiting and be patient if being asked to check vaccination status.