(Warwick) Mill Hill Railway Station
Some documentation refer to this location as one word “Millhill”,
and some as two-words “Mill Hill”. The station sign that is
mounted on the side of the station building is shown as two words.
Rails had reached Warwick by December 1870. On January 10th 1871, Warwick
(Mill Hill) Station was officially opened. Within a year two mixed trains
were running to Warwick (Mill Hill). It was not due to the business generated
at Westbrook, Cambooya, Clifton, or Allora but to the discovery of tin
at what became Stanthorpe. Ingot and steam tin consigned from Warwick
was such a valuable supplement that the amount was published monthly in
the Government Gazette.
What remains of the Mill Hill Station in 2006.
The Warwick (Mill Hill) terminus comprised of a station house, platform,
goods shed, engine shed, carriage shed and tank stand, a 25’ turntable
and pits. (It is believed that the turntable was transferred to Killarney
when a 40 foot turntable
was built at East Warwick
A traffic in ‘stream” (alluvial) tin from Stanthorpe began
in 1876 – 16 tons of ingot and 278 tons of stream tin being forwarded.
This would lead to the construction of the railway to Stanthorpe.
And on July 6, the running of through trains commenced between Brisbane
and Warwick (Mill Hill). Depart Brisbane 6.45 a.m. arrive Warwick 5.37
p.m. Depart Warwick 6.20 a.m. arrive Brisbane 1.15 p.m.
By May 6, 1878 work had started on construction of the line south of
Warwick (Mill Hill) to Cherry Gully and Stanthorpe.
In 1881, sheep yards were erected at Warwick (Mill Hill) as well as a
new station master’s residence after complaints about the original
building. The old station master’s residence became the refreshment
rooms in 1883.
Tuesday, January 10, 1888 – (WA) – The new railway
yard and buildings at East Warwick, having now been occupied for a week,
we are in a position to form some idea as to how they are likely to
suit the purpose for which they are being used. As far as the passenger
station is concerned, except in one or two details it is all that could
be desired. The platform, instead of being cemented or asphalted, as
it should have been, is covered with a coarse sandy gravel which will
never bind, and must in consequence continue to be (what is has already
proved) a source of annoyance and discomfort to the public and to the
officers of the department. This matter engaged the attention of the
Municipal Council on Wednesday, and it was decided to communicate with
the proper authority without delay, with the view to having an alteration
effected. The yard is also in a bad state; the filling-up stuff used
was soft “muck,” covered with sand and small stones taken
from creek beds, into which dray wheels sink six or eight inches. So
far nothing has apparently been done to provide the necessary additional
buildings. The station master lives nearly two miles from his post of
duty, an arrangement which would be a mistake under any circumstances,
but which will be something worse than inconvenient when the night train
service comes into force next week. There are no facilities for watering
the locomotives at East Warwick, and until tanks are provided it will
be necessary to stop for water at the old station, which we understand
it is proposed to rename Hayesmill. This is a delay which could have
been obviated had the various works at East Warwick been pushed on simultaneously.
The new goods shed is convenient and roomy, but no doubt if the accommodation
will prove sufficient for the inward and outward traffic. At present
the Killarney train ha to back in from and out to the Junction, nearly
a mile distance from East Warwick.
This arrangement is said to be necessary because the Department cannot
afford to spend the small amount (about £1000) which would be
required to deviate a few chains of the Killarney line. The bridge over
the Condamine, about half a mile in length, intervenes between the Junction
and East Warwick, and across this the train is backed. “backing
in” trains is a rather dangerous practice, and may prove more
costly than an outlay of a few hundred pounds. But the Department seems
bent upon economy, and will risk pounds to save pennies. The refreshment
room at the passenger station is occupied by the new lessee (Mr. J.
Allman, of the Criterion Hotel), who has fitted up the dining room and
bar in a manner likely to give every satisfaction to the travelling
public. We presume that on the down journey, Brisbane to Sydney, the
stoppage for dinner will be made at Warwick. It is a pity that a cellar
was not provided for in the original plan, for it is almost impossible
to keep liquor cool in such a climate as ours without a convenience
of this kind. However, a cellar has been promised, and we presume it
will be provided in due course. As is the custom with our much-manned
Railway Department, the Assistant Engineer will doubtless be instructed
to “furnish a report upon the subject;” this will be submitted
to the Principal Assistant Engineer for advice, and passed on to the
Chief Engineer and Engineer for Existing Lines for approval; then the
Traffic Manager will be asked to concur, and having done so he will
advise the Commissioner accordingly; Mr. Curnow will due course consult
with the Minister, and it is quite within the bounds of possibility
that the latter will decide that the proposed improvement is not required.
Our Railway Department is a complex piece of machinery, which “moves
in a mysterious way its wonders to perform.” It has been tinkering
at east Warwick for more than two years, but the establishment is still
in a very unsatisfactory condition of incompleteness.
Upon the opening of Warwick
East Railway Station, many changes quickly took place at Warwick (Mill
Hill) Station. The Commissioner for Railways opened the new sandstone
station and goods shed
at East Warwick on 3rd January 1888.
January 3, 1888 – (WA) - RAILWAY TRAFFIC – The
new passenger station and goods shed at East Warwick were occupied by
the officers of the Railway Department for the first time yesterday.
Hence forth traffic arrangements will be conducted from this point;
the old station at North Warwick (which is to be renamed) will, however,
be used for passenger traffic, and also for goods by those who desire
to have their freight delivered there.
It wasn’t long before East Warwick became the new Warwick Terminus
and the original 'Warwick' station was renamed 'Mill Hill'.
Most of Mill Hill’s infrastructure was moved to other stations.
Passenger traffic and freight traffic continued for many years, and Mill
Hill is an important chapter in Warwick’s History
Mill Hill was closed as an official station on Friday, 30th May, 1975.
||10 January 1871
||1888 from Warwick to Mill Hill
||30 May 1975
|| Southern Line
||Platform & Station building still exist.