Ultimo Power House, 1899-1963

From Engineering Heritage New South Wales


Constructed between 1897 and 1899 by the Department of Public Works for Sydney's tramway network, this was the first large power station in New South Wales.

Initially it comprised four reciprocating steam engines driving 850 kW direct current generators. Alternating current generators operating at 25 cycles were added from 1902 and turboalternators from 1905.

The state’s first pulverized coal fired boilers were commissioned here in 1923. By 1942 the station’s capacity had grown to 79.5 megawatts.

It was decommissioned in 1963. The building is now the home of the Powerhouse Museum.


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Engineering Heritage Recognition Program

Marker Type Historic Engineering Marker (HEM)
Award Date 28 November 1994 (Plaquing Date)
Prominent People ???
Nomination Document Available here
Ceremony Booklet Available here
Interpretation Panel None installed.
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