Australian post issued a set of four stamps depicting historic railway stations.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, railways played an important role in transforming Australia into a nation by establishing a network of communications and trade throughout the continent.
When American writer Mark Twain visited Maryborough, Victoria, in 1895, he described it as a "railway station with a town attached". Built in 1890 of red brick with stucco trimming, the station still hosts freight and passenger services.
The station at Quorn, South Australia, was constructed in 1916 of stone and brick and served as a junction for rail traffic travelling north–south and east–west.
The station at Hay, NSW, opened in 1882. It is an Italianate building constructed of bonded brick with a corrugated iron roof. Recently restored, it no longer functions as a railway station.
The Normanton railway station in Queensland, built around 1889, is historically important as a unique building in an isolated inland railway system.