Spring Hill

Streetscape of Spring Hill showing historic buildings and accompanying interpretive signage

Location Forest Road, South of Orange.

Statement of Significance

Spring Hill village sits within a plateau landscape on the Southern border of the Orange Local Government Area. The laying of the railway from Bathurst to Orange is believed to have formed much of the impetus for the development of Spring Hill. In 1877, the year the Rail Line connected Orange to Bathurst, plans for the subdivision of Spring Hill were drawn up and the town boundaries were proclaimed.

The village is historically significant within the surrounding agricultural landscape. It represents a nineteenth century village pattern of settlement developed as a minor service centre within an agricultural area and adjacent to a major transport service line. Aspects of the village represent a grand vision held by colonial NSW for settlement in the Central West. A significant example of this is the large cemetery that has never come close to reaching its capacity.

Spring Hill village was identified by the community consultation process as having a heritage significance.

Objects and Elements: Spring Hill

Methodist Church, Carcoar Road

Spring Hill2The approach to the village from Orange along Forest Road is signalled by the striking bluestone and red roofed church that sits amongst a typical mixture of Ribbon Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) and exotic trees. Its position on the rise of a hill makes it highly visible within the surrounding landscape.

Spring Hill Railway Station, Spring Street

Spring Hill3Whilst the Rail Line from Bathurst reached Orange in 1877, the Spring Hill Station was not opened until 1884. The station was demolished in 1988 and only the platform remains.

Spring Hill4Spring Hill Cemetery, Forest Road, East of the Rail Line

Spring Hill Cemetery is included in the Register of the National Estate for the juxtaposition between the large size of the cemetery with its grand grid layout and the small portion that has been used. The Register of the National Estate points out that this juxtaposition is an important illustration of the expectations for growth held by the early pioneers and the actual course that history has taken. The cemetery is further deemed significant for the cast iron monuments and Gothic vernacular masonry not usually seen in a small country graveyard. A windbreak of Radiata Pines forms the Eastern border to the cemetery.

 

 

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