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National Estate register 7297                       State Heritage register 14436

The Kapunda Railway Station design and construction bears the hallmarks of the finest Colonial public buildings.  The building successfully combines Anglo and Hispanic architecture and was probably designed by Edward Angus Hamilton.  Governor, Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell, officially opened the building on The 13th of August 1860.  It was the largest railway station outside of Adelaide and played a significant role in conveying the products from the Kapunda and Burra mines to Port Adelaide for export.  Now you can experience the atmosphere of this fine colonial building only one hour from Adelaide.

  • Robert Stephenson himself especially designed two D Class locomotives, Nos 8 & 9
  • During this period it is believed the explorers Burke & Wills remains were brought to the railway station for shipment to Victoria
  • The station was believed to have been visited by the son of Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred in 1867
  • Sister Mary MacKillop and Sir Sidney Kidman used the railway station as did many other famous Australians such as the WWII heroine Nurse Vivienne Bullwinkle

Significance

The railway station played a crucial role in the growth of Kapunda and the state of South Australia. Its unique design makes it a key feature on the Kapunda Heritage trail.

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