Heritage at ATP

This section of the ATP website details historical highlights of the heritage-listed Eveleigh Railway Workshops.

Managing ATP's movable heritage collection
A draft management plan for the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops' machinery collection has been prepared for ATP in conjunction with an audit of our collection, and a revised Heritage and Conservation (s170) Register. Click here to learn more.

Site-specific, non-standard exemptions from the Heritage Act 1977
The NSW Minister for Heritage recently granted ATP site-specific exemptions from approvals required under section 57 (1) of the Heritage Act 1977. Click here to read more in NSW Government Gazette No. 22 - Government Notices.

Heritage Tours
ATP runs heritage tours for corporate companies, community organisations and anyone interested in the history of the site. Tours run for groups of 10 or more. Tours include a first-hand insight in to the area as a working railyard and a live Blacksmith Workshop demonstration by Eveleigh Works.

Please email if you would like to enquire about Heritage Tours.

Heritage Volunteer Opportunities
ATP is looking for enthusiastic individuals to preserve and promote the unique heritage of ATP. Find out more here.

Interviews with past Eveleigh Railway Yard Workers
View videos of past Eveleigh workers talking about their experience.

Section 170 - Heritage and Conservation Register
View a summary of Section 170 

Conservation Management Plan (CMP)
View the CMP and find out more about what's happening with the plan 

Interpretation Plan
View the Redfern-Waterloo Heritage Taskforce and Interpretation Plan.

Heritage Policies
Heritage Asset Management Strategy
Heritage Projects Management Policy
Heritage Public Statement


Heritage & history timeline
With the Eveleigh Railway Yard as its centrepiece, the Park was once the location of Australia’s largest industrial complex. To this day, the park still retains and celebrates much of its rich cultural heritage. 

1996 ATP officially opens in November

1997 A site near the Garden Street entrance is earmarked for new facilities to house the Sydney Ambulance Centre (SAC) and the RTA Transport Management Centre.

1998 The Park’s Conference and Exhibition Centre opens.

1997 Construction begins on the Biotechnology Building (later to be known as the Biomedical Building).

2000 A major management re-structure in August sees ATP now governed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA); ATP Innovations Pty Limited (ATPi) is formed; extensive site remediation and landscaping creates substantial new public open space throughout the Park.

2001 Significant restoration and remediation works of The Blacksmith’s Workshop in Bays 1 and 2 is completed; two new CRCs are also established – Smart Internet Technology (SIT) and Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia Pacific (SIRCA), while cleaning technology is applied to heritage machinery in preparation for permanent display.

2002 A 4.5m refurbishment of Bay 15 creates an additional 2500sqm of contemporary office space.

2003  Bay 15 is leased by National Information & Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) in February, while plans are drafted for a new 12,000sqm building on Site D (which will eventually be NICTA’s new headquarters).
2004 7.6m improvement works are carried out on the Locomotive Workshops.
2005  Ownership of ATP is transferred to the NSW Government’s newly-formed Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA); construction of the new multi-million dollar research facility for National ICT Australia is given the go ahead in September.
2006  Construction commences on the new 12,000sqm NICTA research facility, while a landmark agreement sees a private sector investment for the creation of a 41,800sqm media centre to house Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television. The contract is also  awarded for the construction of a new main entrance to the Park, internal roads, additional parking and associated infrastructure.
2007  Construction on the new NICTA research facility continues. 

2008  The new NICTA building is completed and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the Australian Government’s leading agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia, move in to their offices. NICTA also relocate from their former offices in to the new NICTA building.

The construction of a new internal roads, including the creation of a new Park entrance, opens to the public.

Work commences on the construction of Media City, the new media complex - the future home of Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television.

2009  Work continues on the construction of the new media complex.
2010  The 8 Central Avenue building (Media City) is completed. Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television move into their new offices in the building.
  A new car parking system is installed after road works have been carried out around the Park including the 350 vehicle car park opening at 8 Central Ave.

The Innovation Plaza upgrade is completed in September 2010 with the permanent display of the heritage pivot and steam crane. New seating and lighting is installed.

2011  The refurbishment of the Bay 4 Dining Room incorporating sustainability initiatives, recarpeting and state-of-the-art lighting is completed.

Sprinkler upgrade to the Exhibition Hall is carried out. Solar panels are installed on top of the NICTA Building with completion in September 2011.

Bay 9 male and female amenities are upgraded incorporating sustainable initiatives.
  Eveleigh Railway Workshop Field Day for Ex-Eveleigh workers held including video oral history recordings of ex-workers 

  Machinery maintenance procedures established including tagging and tracking of all moveable heritage items in S170 Register within the Asset Management System 

 2012 Façade repairs and painting of the Locomotive Workshops carried out including new doors, sky light replacement, entrance vestibules and lighting to Bay 1

  ATP Community Open Day held attracting hundreds of people from the local community to explore the park and our facilities

  Installation of internal interpretive signage and interpretative heritage walkway established in the Blacksmith Workshop

  International Railway Film Festival held at ATP 

  Ownership of ATP is transferred from Redfern-Waterloo Authority to Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority

 2013 Remediation and cleaning works carried out to the Forge, 2CWT hammer, heritage machines in Bays 3-8, the Biomedical Building foyer, the Steam Pump and the hand tools in the Pump Room 

  Finalist in the Golden Globes Environmental Heritage Awards 

  Successful Eveleigh Uncorked event held attracting more than 4000 people

  Transfer of the management of Eveleigh Market to Carriageworks and the Koori Job Ready Program to the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

  Ownership of ATP is transferred from Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation

 2014 ATP receives Heritage Office commendation for our Heritage Asset Management Strategy 

  NICTA Building achieves 5 1/2 star NABERS rating for sustainability

  NSW Heritage Council formally endorses the ATP Conservation Management Plan 

  The ATP Heritage Community Days were held as part of the National Trust Festival, attracting hundreds of heritage enthusiasts to the Park

  Movable heritage items from storage at North Eveleigh were returned to ATP including the transfer of surplus heritage items to City West Housing, Ironwood Australia and Australian Train Movers for interpretive use. 

    Blacksmith Workshop
    The Australian Technology Park in Redfern, home to the most significant collection of Victorian blacksmithing machinery in the world, has signed a lease with new tenants - Eveleigh Works.

    Eveleigh Works is a blacksmithing school dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques to the community. Their courses are open to the public with a focus on hand forging techniques, metal sculpture, knife-making and tool-making.

    Founded by a team of 3, Matthew Mewburn a 28 year old local blacksmith, in collaboration with directors Catalina Gouverneur and Louis Hart, Eveleigh Works hopes the school will prompt the community to engage with the heritage of the site by using the industrial equipment and learning traditional blacksmithing techniques.

    2017 will mark 130 years of blacksmithing on the site, Mirvac, acting as caretakers and in collaboration with Eveleigh Works will ensure the maintenance and protection of the rare heritage machinery collection for the future.

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