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Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 4 – Mystery building and Black Mountain

johnboy 11 February 2009 52

[First filed: February 10, 2009 @ 10:30]

This is the fourth part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie in 1948.

This one came in with the following note:

    It’s a 1952 vintage and the background is Black Mountain. It will be interesting to see if anyone can work out what the little shed is and where it is.

    Any ideas? 🙂


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spin462002 spin462002 5:10 pm 16 Feb 09

Could it be part of the old Canberra Racecourse? they were in that area near Kaye’s dairy.
Adjacent to the Old Canberra Hospital, where the lake is now?

or is it Mt Majura in the background? then it might be downer primary?

old canberran old canberran 9:37 pm 11 Feb 09

peterh said :

old canberran, do you have any photos of snow at acton? I have seen an old photo my grandfather took, showing a snow plough at work, but it was lost in the fires…

Not of Acton but I do have some of the snow fall in 1965 when our kids were 3 and 2 and were building a snowman on the front lawn. It’d take me quite a while to find them though, the pics not the kids. Snow in Canberra is not unusual but heavy falls which lay around for a while are. I seem to remember it snowed at Xmas time one year.

peterh peterh 5:14 pm 11 Feb 09

old canberran, do you have any photos of snow at acton? I have seen an old photo my grandfather took, showing a snow plough at work, but it was lost in the fires…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:39 pm 11 Feb 09

Oh, some of those trees along Mort Street are still there, too.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:38 pm 11 Feb 09

Thanks for the updates oc, keep the piccies coming.

Well I guessed the right street, I didn’t know you wanted the exact location. 😛

grump grump 4:31 pm 11 Feb 09

the trees threw me – was looking at them as haig park which throws the sight line all out

old canberran old canberran 4:21 pm 11 Feb 09

Just about spot on p1.
By the time Charny came along, Disposable, I was married with 3 kids and too busy with work to drive around taking pics of new suburbs.

p1 p1 2:30 pm 11 Feb 09

If you drop that line down about an inch to start midway along the back of 21 Torrens Street then it’d be perfect. Glad you’re enjoying the photos.

Like this?

Disposable Disposable 2:18 pm 11 Feb 09

Cheers for the photos mate, they are awesome. Do you have any old photos of Charny by chance?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 1:44 pm 11 Feb 09

Always loved history. Always enjoyed talking to my late grandad about Canberra’s history, he was a kid in the crowd at the opening of the old parliment house and lived in the original Causeway (although he’d left Canberra by time I was born). Wish he had’ve had some photos.

So many thanks Old Canberran for a little blast from the past for us.

old canberran old canberran 1:39 pm 11 Feb 09

p1 said :

I am really loving these old photo thread, Old Canberran, thanks.

Is this more or less the location of the building, and line of sight to Black Mountain?

If you drop that line down about an inch to start midway along the back of 21 Torrens Street then it’d be perfect. Glad you’re enjoying the photos.

Disposable Disposable 1:32 pm 11 Feb 09

MissPeaches said :

Disposable said :

sepi said :

downer shops / old csiro hq

Sorry to hijack but the “Satan House/animal experimentation place” definitely deserves a thread all of its own. I’ll try to remember to start one.

My guess on the photo is the site of the Melbourne building in Civic.

I would love to read that thread… went to Downer Primary school and used to do our sports on the oval in front of that place was always curious as to what when on there…

Cool, I’ll see what I can remember and try to post something up this afternoon.

MissPeaches MissPeaches 11:39 am 11 Feb 09

Disposable said :

sepi said :

downer shops / old csiro hq

Sorry to hijack but the “Satan House/animal experimentation place” definitely deserves a thread all of its own. I’ll try to remember to start one.

My guess on the photo is the site of the Melbourne building in Civic.

I would love to read that thread… went to Downer Primary school and used to do our sports on the oval in front of that place was always curious as to what when on there…

p1 p1 10:40 am 11 Feb 09

I am really loving these old photo thread, Old Canberran, thanks.

Is this more or less the location of the building, and line of sight to Black Mountain?

old canberran old canberran 10:32 am 11 Feb 09

caf said :

…so that means that the street in the photo is Lonsdale St, and the pines in the background are along present-day Mort St?

Yep. I’m not sure if the Mort Street trees are still there as it’s a while since I was in that area. In those days there were quite a few empty blocks in Mort Street and the trees had a bit of room to grow. From memory they were on the Western side of Mort Street backing the buildings in Northbourne Ave.

cleverclogs cleverclogs 10:29 am 11 Feb 09

Wow. Thanks OC – that’s a really interesting history lesson. I’ve come over all patriotically Canberran filled with such knowledge…

caf caf 9:15 am 11 Feb 09

…so that means that the street in the photo is Lonsdale St, and the pines in the background are along present-day Mort St?

old canberran old canberran 9:03 am 11 Feb 09

Disposable said :

If the long building is Tammets car wash then the shed would have to be Cafe Pronto/Kitschen/Beaurepaires?

Right. The corner block and the one next to it were leased/bought by a market gardener from Sydney by the name of Cordner. He built that shed with used materials he brought from Sydney on his old post war Blitz Wagon. Every week he would bring a truck load of fruit and vegs and stay until he either sold everything or it went rotten. He used to sleep in the truck. He used to sell out in about 3 days because his produce was good and the locals could walk there and back.
The two blocks were eventually “bought” by Golden Fleece who built a service station on the corner block and sub leased the next-door block to Beaureparies which, apparently is still there. At one stage there were servos on each of the four corners. I used to work casual at the Golden Fleece as a bowser boy for a number of years after school and at weekends. The servo had a cafe at the Eloura Street end which became a late night eatery and upset the residents so much with the noise that it was shut down as the lease specified daylight hours only. I suspect that led to the emergence of food caravans.
Here endeth today’s history lesson.

Disposable Disposable 1:52 am 11 Feb 09

If the long building is Tammets car wash then the shed would have to be Cafe Pronto/Kitschen/Beaurepaires?

squashee squashee 11:06 pm 10 Feb 09

Toilet block??

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