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ThrowbackThursday: Road Construction,Bible Street South, Eltham, 1968

Road construction and sealing of southern end of Bible Street, Eltham, 1968. The house on left just behind truck is on corner of Bible and York streets (70 Bible Street). Next house (number 72) no longer exists, replaced by two units
(Photo: Fred Mitchell; from the Fred Mitchell Collection, Eltham District Historical Society)

#ThrowbackThursday – From 1966 to 1968 the Shire of Eltham undertook extensive improvements to Bible Street; sealing the road surface, new concrete curb and channeling and footpaths and stone masonry work to a number of adjoining property boundaries following construction of the footpaths. The work was broken into two stages, the northern half from the top of the hill to Grove street was completed first in 1966-67 and then the southern end to Dalton Street in 1968. Today we time travel back to 1968, just south of the highest point near 71 and 74 Bible Street where we see the work in progress.  The curb and channeling has been completed as has the footpath on the western side. We have arrived just in time to catch a load of gravel being delivered for final grading of the road surface prior to sealing. On the eastern side we  can see the footpath has yet to be constructed and we can also see how the land has been cut into to form the footpath. Bible Street, like many other streets in the shire has stonework edges  for gardens abutting footpaths where the the road and footpath have been cut into the terrain. Much of this stone masonry work was undertaken for the council by C.J. Watson and Sons.

Road construction and sealing of southern end of Bible Street, Eltham, 1968. York Street just behind the Pontiac. House on right is on corner of Bible and York (67 Bible Street)
(Photo: Fred Mitchell; from the Fred Mitchell Collection, Eltham District Historical Society)
Road construction and sealing of southern end of Bible Street, Eltham, 1968. House on right is on corner of Bible and York (67 Bible Street). Note the stone masonry work has now been completed.
(Photo: Fred Mitchell; from the Fred Mitchell Collection, Eltham District Historical Society)

 

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MysteryMonday: Mountainview Road, Briar Hill, Early to Mid 1960s

MYSTERY SOLVED – Mountainview Road, Briar Hill just near No. 145

Note the FJ Holden ute with canopy and old motorcycle with side-car. These may have belonged to the Watson brothers (C.J. Watson’s sons) who undertook stone work for the Council. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

#MysteryMonday – Today’s images are again of a residential area, possibly Eltham or Montmorency but we are not sure. They were taken in the early to mid 1960s. Work is under way at the house one down from the bend where two piles of bluestone are gathered; possibly for terrace edging of the driveway and footpath. These images were from a strip of negatives, most likely taken by a Shire of Eltham employee so the works could have been part of council operations. Many streets in the shire have stonework edges  for gardens abutting footpaths where the the roads have been cut into the terrain. Much of this stone masonry work was undertaken for the council by C.J. Watson and Sons.

From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society
In this picture we see the cement mixer on the right so possibly stone work being undertaken both sides of the street. There is another street intersecting mid-way but the sign is illegible. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)
Possibly one of the Watson brothers? Note the red kerosene warning lantern sitting on the bluestone blocks. The EK Holden may have belonged to the Council employee who took the photos. (From the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

Can you identify it? We’d love to hear from you; your thoughts and suggestions as to where it is, any stories you can tell about the area or similar photos you can share?

Over to you . . .