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When the Power House was built in 1901-02, the Ipswich Railway Workshops was one of the first industrial complexes in Queensland to use electricity on a large scale.
In the earliest days of the Workshops, machinery was driven by steam power. The site expanded rapidly in the late 19th century and electricity was seen as the key to its modernisation. Ipswich had no electricity supply, so Queensland Railways built its own powerhouse.
The dramatic building housing the boilers and generators is a testament to the importance of power for the Workshops.