The Dunedin Railway Station
The Dunedin Railway Station was built on Dunedin’s wealthy inheritance from the gold rush days. During the city’s most prosperous years this railway station was the country’s busiest, handling up to 100 trains each day.
[The Station front in 1922 – DCC Archives]
The booking hall features a mosaic floor of almost 750,000 Minton tiles.
A frieze of Royal Doulton porcelain runs around the balcony above
The balcony has a superb view of the mosaic floor below and has some beautiful stained glass work in its windows.
The staircase has small but fairly wide, well-proportioned stairs, a beautiful iron banister with a nicely polished wooden rail. The mosaic tiles are most eye catching as you look down, the colours and letters symbolizing New Zealand Rail (NZR) with the train wheel sitting nicely against the warm mint and yellow walls.
The main platform is the country’s longest, extending for about 500 metres.
Dunedin Railway Soldiers
There is a Roll of Honour and Passchendaele memorial nameplate at Dunedin railway station.
The roll commemorates 56 members of the Dunedin section of New Zealand Railways (NZR) who lost their lives during the First World War.
|Banfield W.H.||Clayton J.||Hunter H.||Murray A.R.||Paget A.W.||West J.B.|
|Bateman T.H.||. Davis F. E.||.Islip E.E.||McCoombe J.S.||Radford E.W.||Whitfield G.E.|
|Beekman A||Downes T. S||Jacobs H.D.||McEachen P.J.||Rendall T. G||Whitaker J.|
|Bennett C. L.||Egan J.P||Johnston G.||McGregor J.||Scoullar W.A.||Whiting N. A.|
|Blackie J||Farland C.T.||Lamb A. D.||McKellar D.||Shannon E.A.||Williams J. A. B.|
|Brown N. E.||Findlay J.||Mann S.L.||McKone J.||Short J.||Wilson I. M.|
|Bruce H. S..||Finlayson P.||Matheson N.M.||McMurtrie D.A.||Stewart W.D.|
|.Cardno C. A||Fry F.L.||Menzies J.W.||McPeak J.R.||Stuart J.|
|Carruthers W.T||Gordon J.||Muirhead J.||O’Donnell P.||Sutherland H.|
|Christie W. J.||Hedges A.H.||Murcott J.||O’Leary J.W.||Turner W.|