Werris Creek, NSW, Australia
Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Dominique Sutton – Artist
The Australian Railway Monument acknowledges the major contribution made by the railway industry, it’s employees and contractors to Australia’s development. The monument comprises two major parts. The first is an external monument commemorating those employees and contractors killed while working on the railways. The second component is a series of displays interpreting the contribution made by people to the development of the railway.
The physical form of the monument has become a part of the landscape, embracing the form and materials of the railways. An earth berm rises out of the landscape sweeping around to the station, forming an amphitheatre space within its arc. Massive concrete walls mark passages through the berm that are related to aspects of the development of the railway. Six striking sculptures of railway workers lead to the wider railway network.