- Past Exhibition
fire, water, steam: Eveleigh Railway Workshops
In its heyday Eveleigh employed over 5000 workers and was Australia's largest industrial complex. For more than a century a multicultural workforce built and maintained locomotives and rolling stock. Diesel engines replaced steam locomotives and in 1988 the workshops closed. Celebrated Australian photographer David Moore (1927-2003) documented Eveleigh in 1993. This was a time of fierce debate about the future of the site, just prior to its adaptive re-use as Australian Technology Park.
Moore's powerful images show a vast industrial wasteland, strangely bereft of people and activity. Today, despite a State Heritage Register listing, much of Eveleigh remains derelict and its future uncertain.