Unlawful Entry Is the Question

Unlawful Entry Is the Question

By the look of this gateway, could it be a crime to go inside?

This is the entrance of old Redfern Railway Workshop Yard. There are signs indicating the way to theatre production warehouses inside. The only thing that gives a clue to “no trespassing” is the furthest stand inside, where small, rusty, fading and valdalised signs beneath the “WASTE DUMPING PROHIBITED” says:


I wonder who would not disregard all the confusing signs.

I took these photos as evidence of ambiguous signs, because Railcorp Transit Officers issued me with a fine for the offence of “Go/be on Railway Land” on 14 December 2004.
This is actually one my favourite locations in Sydney and the workshop will soon be demolished as part of a redevelopment plan by Redfern-Waterloo Authority. Check out the photos I took on the day in my Corrode Series: Scratched, Striped, Scoured, Stained. I had been there before for a number of times—End Rail,
Forgotten—without any warnings from anyone about the infringement.

It’s a popular spot for other photographers too, and people walks their dogs there as well.

Now I am facing AU$400 penalty and have decided to fight it in the local court. Please leave comment for your support. It will be greatly appreciated.