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21 August 2013

Doors open for free event at Midland Railway Workshops

  • Midland

Experience a unique part of Western Australian history and a rare opportunity to own a piece of Midland’s past with a free community event and auction at the Railway Workshops.

The Midland Workshops Heritage Open Day - hosted by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority - will be held on Sunday, 8 September and give local residents, former workers and the broader Western Australian community an opportunity to look inside the iconic Workshops buildings and enjoy the many displays and activities on offer.

MRA Chief Executive Officer Kieran Kinsella said the event will offer plenty of things to see and do - from guided tours revealing the rich history of The Workshops, to live music, historical displays, documentaries and food stalls.

“The Workshops played such an important role in the State’s social and industrial history and are the most intact example of an early twentieth century railway workshop anywhere in Australia,” Mr Kinsella said.

“This open day is a wonderful opportunity for people to explore and celebrate this significant heritage precinct with a range of entertainment and activities guaranteed to appeal to all tastes and ages.”

Mr Kinsella said he was also excited by the chance for people to own a piece of the Workshop’s history with a number of items up for sale at a public auction following the open day.

“We have catalogued all heritage items within the Workshops with a large number of pieces, including machinery and other significant items, retained for future integration and interpretation.

“What will go to auction furniture items such as shelving units, worktables and cabinets so the public can take home a piece of WA’s industrial heritage.”

With the auction scheduled for Tuesday 10 September, the Heritage Open Day offers an opportunity for DIY enthusiasts, interior designers, history buffs and people looking for a unique piece of furniture for their home or office to inspect items up for sale.

Mr Kinsella said the redevelopment of The Workshops precinct by the MRA would celebrate its history and create a new urban village with a mix of residential, commercial, health, education and creative industry uses.

“The breathtaking size and scale of the buildings and their colourful history make The Workshops one of WA’s most fascinating heritage sites.

“Buildings within The Workshops have already been given new life through the Midland Atelier, the GP Super Clinic in Block One and the WA Police Operations facility in the former Flanging Shop.”

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