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Regent St Mortuary

Date Added: 08/06/2015

Chippendale | New South Wales

Regent St Mortuary photo
8.5 out of 10
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Location Details...

Added by: Craig Everson
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Address: Regent St
Suburb: Chippendale
Postcode: 2008
State: New South Wales

Good For: Hdr, Landscape
Best time: Anytime

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Regent St Mortuary photo

About this location...

While riding the train to Sydney as a young boy I was always fascinated by a single train platform with a Gothic building over it that was all by itself as you would arrive at Central Station, when I found out it was Sydney's Mortuary Station I knew one day I'd love to see it up close. Well jump 35 years on and over the Queen's Birthday long weekend I finally got my chance.

The Station was used for funeral trains that would travel on the Rookwood Cemetery Railway Line to one of 4 Necropolis Receiving Stations at Rookwood Cemetery. It was completed in March 1869 although the platform had been used from January 1869, designed by James Barnet who was influenced by 13th Century Venetian Gothic architecture with most of the carvings being done by Thomas Ducket and Henry Apperly.

It not only serviced Rookwood Cemetery, trains also ran to Woronora General Cemetery in Sutherland and Sandgate Cemetery in Newcastle from this station.

The last Funeral trains left the station in the late 1930s and then it was used to transport visitors to Rookwood on Sundays and Mother's Day until 1947 when the service was permanently stopped, it was used for many years as storage for many things including Horses, dogs and parcels.

In 1985 it was restored by the State Rail Authority at a cost of $600,000 and reopened on April 21 by then Premier Neville Wran, later that year it was used by one of Sydney's Radio stations for the after party for the movie premiere of Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. From 1986 to 1989 it was used as a pancake restaurant the "Magic Mortuary" were you dined in railway carriages.

Getting there is easiest by public transport, you catch a train or bus to Central Station then it is a easy 500m walk from the western forecourt up Regent St. The biggest problem is it is only opened to the public for special occasions like the Transport Heritage Expo that was on the weekend I visited it.

I gave it and 8.5 for the architecture and stone work as it is spectacular and is a great piece of Sydney's Heritage.

This Hot Spot is great for HDR and Landscape Photography. Unfortunately if you wanted to do Portrait or Wedding Photography (which it would be great for) you are going to need permission first from the relevant government department.

Regent St Mortuary photo