Moreland Mini Books Station (1884, 2021)

Cameron St (opposite Allen St), Coburg, 3058, Victoria, Australia (-37.754372, 144.962005)

This is a very cute replica of the 1884 Moreland Station building, complete with solar-powered sensor lights and covered platform for trains.

Usually at Easter I attend the National Folk Festival in Canberra where I organise lantern making and lantern parades. With the 2021 festival cancelled, I applied my Easter creativity to making a street library for Moreland Station – a model of the 1880 station building. It took a little longer than the Easter weekend though.

The library is 1.8m wide, has 6 doors, 2-3 shelves of books, two chimneys and a covered station platform. With 6 doors, there’s plenty of room for several library users at one time – important for near train times.

It was mostly finished after 4 months of weekends. After another 9 months for finishing touches and getting all stakeholders onside, it was installed on 5 May 2022. It is located in the station precinct adjacent to the old station building, below the newly elevated railway viaduct.

The library is endorsed by: Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project, Heritage Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne and Moreland (now Merri-bek) Council.

Located at:Cameron St (opposite Allen St), Coburg, 3058, Victoria, Australia (-37.754372, 144.962005)

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