First WA Railway Institute listed

<p>Western Australia’s first Railway Institute has been listed on the state’s interim Register of Heritage Places.</p> <p>The Railway Institute in Northam has been deemed a significant cultural and historical asset to the state and local community.</p> <p>Its establishment followed the development of Northam as a major railway town at the junction of the Great Southern and Eastern Goldfields Railway lines.</p> <p>From 1898 to 1996 it played an important role in meeting the educational and recreational needs for railway workers.</p> <p>It was originally constructed as a single-storey building for use as a reading room, and after a billiard room and library were added in 1940 it was also used for social events.</p> <p>The building ceased being used as a rail institute in 1986 and has been vacant since 1996. </p> <p>Offers have been received to lease and restore the building.</p> <br />