Railway station sign [Morpeth station]
About this object
The Morpeth Railway Line operated from 1864 to 1953. Intially this railway ran from East Maitland Station to Fig Tree Hill on the western edge of town; however, four more stations which opened and closed during its 90 years of operation. The Robert Street station was opened in 1889 and it was this station that erected the "Morpeth" sign. The sign was fixed to the platform wall, above the notice boards (train times etc). Similarly designed signs were also on other platforms along the line such as Queens Wharf, Raworth and East Maitland.
After the closure of the line the sign could be found on the grounds of Morpeth College which was located on the historic site of Closebourne House. Here it was freestanding, on display in the grounds, after two supporting legs were attached, which remain today.
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