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Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 8 – Civic of long ago

By johnboy - 11 March 2009 29

[First filed: March 10, 2009 @ 08:58]

This is the eighth 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:

    The interesting thing about the attached pic is that you can see the War Memorial. There were also lovely pine trees in the median strip between the 2 buildings. They are no longer.

Here’s a more contemporary view from Google Maps:


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Old Canberran’s Old Photos – Part 8 – Civic of long ago
Avy 2:23 pm 10 Mar 09

Wow, just checking Google maps, I never noticed that relationship before! That’s town planning for you.

Disposable 2:13 pm 10 Mar 09

The shape looks like it is the War Memorial.

Holden Caulfield 2:11 pm 10 Mar 09

I worked in the Sydney Building a couple of times. One of the jobs was near the TAB when it was still there and there were often quite a collection of “colourful sorts” out the front in the mornings. Was very convenient for my annual Melbourne Cup betting, though.

Come to think of it, the other job I had there, a part-time job while studying, also introduced me to some pretty colourful chaps at 6 on weekend mornings, haha.

caf 2:09 pm 10 Mar 09

The angle is right – that part of London Cct lines up perfectly with the AWM.

Avy 1:58 pm 10 Mar 09

There’s no way that’s the War Memorial. Is there?

Jivrashia 12:57 pm 10 Mar 09

OMG! There’s a telegraph pole in the picture, a TELEGRAPH POLE!!

I haven’t seeen one of those in years… (does that say something about my age?)

And whoever say they can see the War Memorial in the picture… you’ve go better eyes than me (I can’t see it – unless its the ghostly white dome against the bushes).

ant 12:18 pm 10 Mar 09

Interesting. The dunnies (in the Melbourne building) would have mostly been added quite recently. We had most of the western side (facing the Canberra Arcade), and used the toilets upstairs, which looked out over the central laneway. Although the Career Reference Centre (now Mezzelira) had its own toilet in the back of the tenancy.

It’s sad to think of the basement as being ruined, as it was fascinating down there, nothing had been done to it since the 60s. Or earlier.

johnboy 12:15 pm 10 Mar 09

I’ve heard tales (from plumbers) that it’s full of sewage from the cafes.

caf 12:13 pm 10 Mar 09

Maybe one day the basement will be tenanted as shops, like the basement shops opposite Flinders St Station in Melbourne.

Holden Caulfield 12:08 pm 10 Mar 09

Keep ’em coming OC, thank you!

ant 11:17 am 10 Mar 09

I worked in the Melbourne Building for years (yes I know the pic is of the Sydney Building) and ran several offices there. For some years, my office (now Mezzelira) didn’t have air con or heating… the design and construction of the building made it quite pleasant in summer, you could open the top windows with a string arrangement. Winter was a bit chilly though and eventually we got heating.

There is a whole network of basement cellars underneath. Some got walled up and are like a time capsule from when the building was first tenanted. My office was a bank, and still has the massive vault in the main bit, and also downstairs.

sepi 9:55 am 10 Mar 09

They are nice buildings.

I’m not a fan of pine trees tho.

I think if we cut down most of the pines in Haig park and put in some play equipment and bbqs, people might actually use Haig Park.

Thumper 9:42 am 10 Mar 09

It’s a shame that these iconic buildings are given the maintenance that they deserve.

p1 9:03 am 10 Mar 09

I seem to recall Mooseheads having balcony areas pre Gods Wrath fire.

johnboy 9:01 am 10 Mar 09

Interesting how those buildings used to have balconies.

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