* Constructed between 1922 and 1930, Station Pier is of historic and
scientific significance as the largest timber piled wharf structure in
* Station Pier is of historical significance because of its ability to
provide a continuum, reflecting important phases of Melbourne's and
Victoria's, economic, scientific, political, social and cultral
* Station Pier is historically and socially important through association
with activities of the popular Bay Excursion vessels which were
influential in the early of tourism in Victoria, and is able to demonstrate
the importance of leisure activities and the passenger travel of Port
Phillip Bay from the bayside piers. The now discontinued link with the
suburban rail network is also of historic importance to this understanding,
as also the axial and visual relationship with the gatehouse.
* Station Pier is socially and politically of historical importance because
of its association with Australia's involvement in the Second World War,
both as an embarkation and arrival point for Australian troops, and also
an embarkation point for United States Troops.
* The pier also has had an important association with the post-war migration
program of the Australian Government, which significantly transformed
Victoria and Australian Society throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
* The pier is historically significant for economic reasons, having had a
long association with the era of overseas shipping from 1930 to the 1970s,
after which air traffic and containerisation transformed port activity.
* The terminal buildings are important and historically significant in
demonstrating the alteration of port facilities within the pier's
existence reflecting, by the changing sequence of architectura styles,
the processes of passenger and cargo handling along with the evolution
of overseas shipping practices and wharf engineering in Melbourne.
* The Stothert & Pitt cranes, erected in 1949, are intergral to the
significance and understanding of the workings of Station Pier, and
scientifically significant as essentially intact and rare examples of
early portal cranes which can still be seen in the context of ocean going