Picton Railway Station
3-5B Auckland Street (State Highway 1 Picton-Wharenui), Picton
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
19th September 1991
Extent of List Entry
Extent is the land described as Lot 1 DP 9032 (CT MB5B/874), Marlborough Land District and the building known as Picton Railway Station thereon and its platform and canopy.
Lot 1 DP 9032 (CT MB5B/874), Marlborough Land District
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
This station was built in 1902. It is also a fine example of a vintage Troup station. In its location in Picton, near the ferry terminal, it has landmark significance. Like Blenheim, it has local significance in its role in serving transport and communication needs for the region. It is largely unmodified.
Troup, George Alexander
G A Troup (1863-1941) was born in London in 1863 and educated in Scotland. He trained as an architect and engineer under C E Calvert of Edinburgh and came to New Zealand in 1884. After a short time with the Survey Department in Otago he became a draughtsman for New Zealand Railways in Dunedin and then, from 1888, in Wellington. Troup became Chief Draughtsman in 1894. He designed many station buildings throughout the county, some of which are still in use today; these buildings form an important part of New Zealand's landscape. His best known building is the Dunedin Railway Station (1904-07). He also designed the head office building in Wellington for Railways (1901, now demolished).
Troup became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1907. After World War I he was promoted to head the newly established Architectural Branch of New Zealand Railways. On retirement from Railways in 1925 he entered local body politics and was Mayor of Wellington from 1927 to 1931. Troup was prominent in the Presbyterian Church and founded the Presbyterian Young Men's Bible Class Union. He was an elder of the church for 47 years and also served on the governing bodies of several Wellington secondary schools. Education was a life-long interest and he was keenly involved in the training of engineering cadets in New Zealand Railways. Troup was knighted in 1937 and died in 1941.
Last updated 1 October 2014
17th September 1991
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A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office
Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.