During the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo Sydney Trains celebrated our transport history with steam train, bus and ferry rides. Thousands of guests attended family-friendly events taking place all over Sydney which included displays, live music and events at Central Station, Circular Quay, and a 150 year anniversary open day at Mortuary Station.
Built in 1869, Mortuary Station was one of two stations for funeral trains operating between Sydney and the Necropolis, now known as ‘Rookwood’. For nearly 70 years, special funeral trains carried mourners and the deceased to the cemetery with operations ceasing in 1938.
Visitors enjoyed a rare opportunity to explore this heritage station during the day with Sydney Trains staff on hand to answer questions. There were also some stonemason demonstrations. After dark exploration with a sensational photographic opportunities were also running.
Art of Multimedia were delighted to assist with the design and installation of two seamless large-scale print displays along the main platform. Photographic assets dating back to 1890 were supplied by the National Library of Australia in detailed high resolution showcasing the station's unique architecture and it's placement in the changing Sydney landscape.
Keepsake postcards were made for guests, also using heritage photography from the State Library of NSW, highlighting the Gothic sandstone station that has become one of our unique railway buildings.
"Thanks again for everything. Everyone particularly enjoyed those high resolution historic images as it allowed them to understand and almost experience what the station looked and operated like nearly 150 years ago!" said Amy Keighran, Heritage Officer
Also on display were a series of six curated pull up banners previously produced by Art of Multimedia some years ago that fulfilled a need for portability during a similar event. Their use on this occasion reiterates the timelessness of installations just like these.
If you would like to know more about Sydney Trains Heritage, please visit sydneytrains.info/about/heritage/
Images courtesy of State Library of NSW, National Library of Australia & Sydney Trains