"A crucial piece of Darling Downs History, discovered after many years lost" - USQ's Arts Curator, Brodie Taylor.
Discovered during renovations, restored at the insistence of the Vice-Chancellor and now a permanent asset of the USQ Art Collection; introducing the historical work of Charles Gordon Sebastian Hirst, The Railway Station on the South and Western Line, 1879.
London born, Hirst as an architect and surveyor, and has long been considered the Itinerant artist about whom little is known.
The legacy he left behind was a collection of paintings and depictions of Northern New South Wales and Queensland properties.
The building depicted in this work should ring true for all residents of Toowoomba.
The inscription on the artwork reads, “The Railway station on the South and Western Line; at the town of Toowoomba; 100 miles from Brisbane; Queensland: Australia."
Looking past the beautiful vintage frocks adorned by the figures and lack of zebra crossing, you will see the stunning depiction of Toowoomba’s heritage listed railway station, designed by F.D.G. Stanley.
It is a shining star of Toowoomba’s heritage, immortalised with watercolour and ink.
In some ways, it is a shame to think that for decades it was considered lost - many oblivious to its existence - but now The Railway Station on the South and Western Line rests safely in the custodial care of USQ.
Hirst's 'The Railway Station on the South and Western Line', 1879. Watercolour, ink and calligraphy on cotton rag paper - USQ Art Collection 2017.11