Monday, 26 June 2017

1959: Sydney City Council Proposal to turn the Queen Victoria Building into a public square

Some might remember in the early 1970's when architect Harry Seidler called for the demolition of the Queen Victoria Building in George Street and that a multi storey carpark replace the building.

Demolishing the QVB was an idea for more than a decade. In the late 1950's Sydney City Council wanted the building demolished for a public square with an underground carpark modelled on public squares in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

One proposal called for York Street to be tunneled.

Source: Anonymous. 1959. "Lord Mayors Idea For A New Square". The Sun Herald, May 10, 12. 

They felt that the building was just half the value of the site itself and not earning revenue for the council, who were the landholders.  They felt the public square and carpark would earn more revenue.

The question will be asked - What if it became reality?

  • The proposed square for the eastern side of George Street would never be in the works.
  • Stricter building codes for York, Market and George Streets. Some of the tall buildings we see today might not have been allowed, especially those in more recent years. The impact would go even to King Street and beyond.
  • The focal point for events around Town Hall would have shifted to its north instead of the east. The public rallies and civil gatherings along George Street would not happen in the way we see today.
We should be grateful that one of finest buildings in Sydney from the Victorian era is still with us today. The decision to convert the building into a shopping centre has paid off massive dividends for Sydney. It is a much loved destination for shopping in central Sydney and the most famous retail complex of all. It is a meeting place for people too. One can dine at a cafe and restaurant and watch the world go by. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Parkview Towers, Pyrmont (1995)

This week, I share another advertisement courtesy of Meriton Apartments. It is for Parkview Towers at Pyrmont dated from 1995.

  Parkview Towers Pyrmont June 24 1995 SMH 85

Source: Meriton Premier Apartments. 1995. "Parkview Towers". The Sydney Morning Herald, June 24, 85.

Monday, 19 June 2017

1970: The birth of Martin Place as a Pedestrian Mall

Martin Place. Photo taken by the Author (2014).
Martin Place is Sydney's most loved pedestrian mall which expands the entire stretch of the street. Achieving this feat was not an overnight process, but took time.


Source: Anonmonyous. 1970. "The Big Takeover of Martin Place". The Sydney Morning Herald, September 1, 1. 

On September 1 1970, Martin Place between George Street and Pitt Street was closed to vehicular traffic for a four month trial to determine whether or not it should become a Pedestrian Mall - Martin Plaza. It was officially opened by Lord Mayor - Alderman Emmet McDermott

Source:  Dunn, M. 1970. "Let the Sun Shine In, Said the Lord Mayor...but raindrops kept falling." The Sydney Morning Herald, September 1, 9.

Fast forward to September 1, 1971 and Martin Plaza becomes a reality with the first stretch closed off to traffic permanently. In fact it took just weeks in 1970 for calls for it to become reality as the editorial from The Daily Telegraph from October 29, 1970 (below) shows. Even the State Government was coming on side.

Martin Place October 20 1970 daily telegraph 2

In 1972, Sydney City Council announced that it would convert over three years, the remainder of Martin Place into a Pedestrian Mall. In Stage 2 between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street, there would be a sunken recreation area along with a cafe precinct. Construction began in late 1973. This was opened to the public on July 22, 1976.

The remainder of the conversion was timed to coincide with the completion of construction of Martin Place Railway Station, built as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway Line. Those areas were opened to the public on May 7, 1979.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Property Advert of the Week: The Domain Apartments (1995)

During the mid 1990's, the former office block on St John Young Cresent was one of a number of ageing city office blocks that was converted into apartment use.

From my understanding, the office building was built back in the 1970's as part of plans to turn Woolloomooloo into an extension of the Sydney CBD, and was built before the rezoning was axed. Two decades later, Wooloomooloo had actually turned from what had been seen as a "working class slum" into a desirable address.

With the fact that highrise was not allowed in the area opened up a great opportunity for a residential developer to earn a good return by selling premium apartments. The never to be built out views were enough. Also the decision of the ANZ Bank to move out of the building also pressed the case for residential conversion.

The Domain Apartments June 24 1995 SMH 85

Source: City Unit Sales. 1995. "The Domain Apartments" (advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 24, 85. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

1974: The end of the Manly Harbour Pool

Manly's famous Harbour Pool had served the people of Sydney well since 1931, but in May 1974 it fell victim to the 'Sygna' Storm.

The bathing closure was located to the west of Manly Wharf and its walkway allowed a person to walk directly from the wharf to Marineland (Oceanworld). It even had a popular diving board and floating platforms for swimmers.

On the Weekend of May 25 and 26 1974, the harbour pool was battered by strong swells as the 'Sygna' Storm pummelled the NSW coast. The swells had surged through the heads causing chaos in harbourside suburbs.

The damage occured during the evening of May 25 when the worst of the storm unleashed its fury. It was not until daylight that the magnitude of the damage became apparent. Page 1 of The Manly Daily on May 28 1974, summarises the carnage.

Symga Storm May 28 1974 Manly Daily 1 & 3 (1) 

Much of the walkway had completely collapsed into Manly Cove and had washed up onto the beach. Whatever was left had buckled. Within weeks, the remants had been demolished. Page 16 from the same edition of the paper published the famous photo of the buckled remains of the walkway.

  Manly Pool May 28 1974 Manly Daily 16 

 A netted swimming enclosure replaced the harbour pool which remains to this day.

There have been calls to rebuild the harbour pool such as in 1984, but was deemed to be "cost prohibitive". However in 2012, a group lodged their case for the rebuilding of the harbour pool, but with an eco-friendly twist that preserved the aquatic environment yet encouraged tourism.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Moore Park Gardens (1999)

This week, I share an advertisement from 1999 for the Moore Park Gardens complex at Redfern East. 

Moore Park Gardens June 5 1999 SMH 19RE

Source: Jones Lang La Salle. 1999. "Your Apartment...Your Apartment Clock". The Sydney Morning Herald, June 5, 19RE (Real Estate Liftout)

Monday, 5 June 2017

1971: The forerunner to the Proposed Wynyard Pedestrian Network

Back in 2014, I shared an article in relation to the proposed double decker pedestrian walkways for Wynyard in 1972.

I have found a clipping from the previous year that featured in The Sydney Morning Herald when the proposal was tabled with Sydney City Council which shows an even more extensive network of walkways than what has eventuated.

Source: Frizell, H. 1971. "New deal for hurried Harold". The Sydney Morning Herald, November 2, 9.

For instance, there would have been a second underground walkway under George Street near Martin Place. Australia Square was envisioned to be linked (it never did) through to Wynyard. Even the walkways under the Western Distributor were to form the network. Sadly the Western Distributor walkways were never connected. It was envisioned that the old tram tunnels under Wynyard would be a pedestrian underpass. As we know it is a parking station today. We also get a mention of a proposal to close Pitt Street from King to Park Streets between 12pm and 2pm. We did get a 24/7 pedestrian mall in Pitt Street (From King to Market Streets) in 1987.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Rockwall Gardens (1997)

This week, we head to Potts Point. In 1997, apartments were for sale in the Rockwall Gardens complex in Macleay Street. 

Rockwall Gardens Ad SMH May 24 1997 15RE

Source: Colliers Jardine. 1997. ""Rockwall Gardens" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24,  15RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 29 May 2017

1992: Introduction of Sunday Trading

Last week, we explored the introduction of Saturday afternoon trading in NSW in 1984. As the decade rolled on, pressure was being applied by some retailers to allow shops to trade on a Sunday. A number of major retailers had been flouting a loop hole in trading laws to allow them to trade.

This was led by Electrical and Whitegoods chains like Harvey Norman and Norman Ross. the argument was simple - Sunday provided time for people to buy goods that they needed for their homes.

Meanwhile, illegal sunday trading continued as The Sydney Morning Herald highlighted in 1985. Hardware chains were trading on Sundays in order to compete with smaller operators, who were allowed under legislation to trade.

Source: Howlett, S. 1985. "Sunday Trade is Booming". The Sun Herald, April 2, 28. 

By late 1987, Premier Barrie Unsworth announced that he would explore allowing Sunday trading in parts of Sydney. The Greiner Government was elected the following year and took it a step further. It deregulated retail trading hours from Monday to Saturday. Furniture, Electrical and Hardware Stores were permitted to trade from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Sunday Trading October 23 1988 Sunday Telegraph 4

Source: Taylor, T. 1988. "The shop counter revolution". The Sunday Telegraph, October 23, 4. 

Other retailers could exemptions from Sunday trading laws. In 1988, Grace Bros was allowed to open their CBD store on a Sunday. It had become the first department store in Australia to trade on a Sunday. 

  Grace Bros December 11 1988 Sunday Telegraph 30-31 

Source: Coles Myer Ltd. 1988. "Our City Store is open Today and Every Sunday (10am-4pm). The Sunday Telegraph, December 11, 30 & 31. 

However they were unsuccessful in gaining approval for another six of their stores to open.

Grace Bros Sunday Trading November 16 1988 daily telegraph 8

Knowles, C & Bowditch, D. 1988. "Grace Bros bid to open Sundays". The Daily Telegraph, November 16, 8. 

The Sydney Morning Herald did foresee that Sunday trading for all retailers was inevitable as shown in this editorial from late 1988.

In December 1989, retailers were given permission to trade on the two Sundays leading up to Christmas, after successfully persuading the NSW Government to change its decision on keeping shops closed. I posted them in a Christmas feature several years back if you wish to browse through them. The public voted with their feet (and wallets).

This was repeated through 1990 and 1991.

During 1992, Sunday Trading was introduced throughout Sydney. It began with major shopping centres or retail precincts like the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood and expanded through regions across the metropolitan area. By the end of the year, Sunday trading was available in all suburbs. The argument by big retailers was that it was shoppers, not the law that should determine when a shop should be open. The State Government also passed legislation that finally led to deregulation of standard retail hours.

For your interest, I have also included another editorial relating to sunday trading as The Sydney Morning Herald saw it in 1992.

For the first time too, Post Christmas sales could also commence on a sunday as December 27 was the first day that trade could be allowed after Christmas. It happened that December 27 fell on a Sunday that year.

When you look at Sunday trading 25 years later, shoppers have voted with their feet. How hard is it to find a place to park your car on a Sunday if you are at a major shopping centre? There are some that would prefer that the shops still stay close on a Sunday on either religious or social grounds i.e. give time for people to be with loved ones, but its each of us that has the choice.

Sunday Trading was generally between 10am and 4pm, though it has now been extended to 5pm. Supermarkets and other major retailers initially had to stick to those hours, but gradually were relaxed.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Plaza Apartments Rockdale (1997)

Here is a treat for those in southern Sydney this week - An old advertisement for the first tower in the Plaza Apartments in Rockdale in 1997. For those of you not familar with southern Sydney, the Plaza Apartment towers are located directly above Rockdale Plaza. It is actually one of the first shopping centres in Sydney where apartment blocks were built directly above the complex.

  Plaza Apartments Rockdale Ad May 24 1997 SMH 27RE

Source: City Freeholds. 1997. "Plaza Apartments" (advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24, 27RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 22 May 2017

1984: Introduction of Saturday afternoon retail trading

Older readers would recall well the days when shops were required to shut at noon on a Saturday and in shops and shopping centres across the city, the battle was on to get the shopping done in the morning.

I would love those readers to share their stories of those battles.

By the 1980's however, retailers had found loop holes in trading law that had allowed them to trade seven days a week provided that they were a "small" business. However if a major retailer sold identical goods on a Sunday, they could be fined. Shoppers wanted more time to shop as well.

Electrical and furniture stores like Harvey Norman, Joyce Mayne and Norman Ross were trading on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, yet were not subject to prosecution under state law. However if Grace Bros, Waltons or David Jones opened during those hours, they would be prosecuted.

This was used by the unions to oppose further extensions to trading hours.

In 1983, the State Government passed legislation to allow all retailers to trade on a Saturday afternoon along with a second evening of late night trading during the week. It was proposed to be implemented from February 1984, but it was not until August that retailers were allowed to trade on Saturday afternoons.

The winners from extended trading hours were:

  • Shoppers - No need to rush on a Saturday to complete their shopping. They could take their time to purchase, but also have more options.
  • Major retailers - Opportunities to earn more income, even if it meant that the costs of operating stores were higher.
The losers were:
  • Retail workers - Unions argued that workers would lose time to spend with their families and even threaten full time jobs. From an employment perspective however, there would be scope for more jobs to be created. Longer hours would increase demand for labour.
  • Small businesses - With fewer employees, small businesses like corner shops could trade on Saturday afternoons and Sundays without competition from the big retailers.
The Sydney Morning Herald wrote a feature following the first weekend of Saturday afternoon trading in August 1984, and for small businesses it wasn't a good day. Shoppers seemed happy though.

Source: Hill, R. 1984. "Big stores happy, but not the small shops". The Sydney Morning Herald, August 13, 3. 

However one exception was David Jones, who decided to introduce Saturday afternoon trading from the following Saturday (August 18).

With retailers allowed to trade all day Saturday, the push would soon be on for trading on Sundays.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Property Advert of Week: Tulong Place, Gymea Land Auction (1972)

This week, I share an advertisement for blocks of land in Tulong Place, Gymea, dating back to 1972.

  Tulong Place Gymea Ad October 4 1972 The Leader 62

Source: Harvey Real Estate (Caringbah) Pty. Ltd. 1972. "Land Auction". The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, October 4, 62.

Monday, 15 May 2017

1997: M2 Motorway opens to the Public

In 1997, those in the booming North West suburbs now had a motorway that would make travel much easier, but yet they were reluctant to use it despite the reductions in travel time that it promised.

M2 Opens May 26 1997 daily telegraph 1
M2 Opens May 26 1997 daily telegraph 2

Source: Hilferty, T & Walsh, P. 1997. "M2 Chaos: Traffic anger as tollway opens". The Daily Telegraph, May 26, 1 & 2. 

 And then there were those who opposed it because it involved the loss of trees and vegetation. They were vocal from the planning stages and even on opening day wanted to spoil the celebrations. While for others, it was the fact one had to pay for the toll ($2.50).

Three months later, people still stayed away.

  M2 Motorway August 9 1997 daily telegraph 15

Source: Gibson, B. 1997. "Going nowhere fast". The Daily Telegraph, August 9, 15. 

But eventually the motorway did fill up with traffic and would form a piece of the Sydney Orbital network. Early in 2006, the M7 allowed drivers on the M2 a direct link through western Sydney down to the M5 Motorway and Hume Highway. In 2007, the Lane Cove Tunnel connected the M2 to the Gore Hill and Warringah Freeways.

During 2011 and 2013, an additional lane was added in each direction with improvements to on and off ramps.

Currently, the NorthConnex Project will connect the M2 Motorway to the M1 Motorway. This will be completed in 2019. Drivers will no longer need to use Pennant Hills Road or the Pacific Highway if driving in or out of Sydney.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Wattle Grove (1992)

Some time ago, I posted an advertisement for new homes at Wattle Grove dating to 1995. This week, here is another advertisement for Wattle Grove, dating back to 1992.

Wattle Grove Ad January 18 1992 Daily Telegraph 50

Source: Wattle Grove. 1992. "Total Lifestyle on Display Now". The Daily Telegraph Mirror, January 18, 50. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

1990: The Jetcats enter service

In 1990, the Griener Government introduced the Jetcat ferries into operation on Sydney Harbour. This stemmed from the decision of NSW Transport Minister Bruce Baird in 1988 to replace the ageing hydrofoils.

  Hydrofoils to be scrapped 1988 

Source: Nicholson, L. 1988. "Costly hydrofoils will be scrapped". The Daily Telegraph, August 22, 9.

The Jetcats promised a modern and more reliable service for Ferry Commuters. For the government, the costs of servicing the Jetcats would be lower. In addition, there was the promise of more comfort for commuters. There were plans to eventually expand the service to Gladesville but also operate as far as Port Kembla and Newcastle.

  Sydney Transport April 30 1990 daily telegraph 15

Source: Morris, L. 1990. "Jetcat to oust the hydrofoils". The Daily Telegraph, April 30, 15. 

The first Jetcat to enter service was The Blue Fin. It ended up with its name after the public were asked to name the new ferry.

  jetcat april 29 1990 daily telegraph

Source: Anomonyous. 1990. "Blue Fin slices time to Manly". The Sunday Telegraph, April 29, page unknown.

Jetcat naming ad March 21 1990 The Daily Telegraph

Source: State Transit. 1990. "Name Your Own $5m. Catamaran" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, March 21, page unknown. 

The Blue Fin commenced operation on July 16 1990 after three months of trials. Below is a preview article from The Daily Telegraph.

Jetcat July 16 1990 daily telegraph 

Source: Riddell, A. 1990. "Anchors away for new Jetcat". The Daily Telegraph, July 16, 12. 

 The hydrofoils after 26 years of service ran their last service in March 1991 after another two Jetcats - Sir David Martin and Sea Eagle were bought into service. During their first decade of service, The Jetcats were actively used. In fact they were seen as a fifth ferry on the Manly run, replacing the regular ferries late at night and early in the morning. It was argued that with fewer crew needed (and commuter demand), operating late night services would keep costs of operating the broader Manly Ferry service down. If existing ferries broke down, the Jetcat fleet would act as a substitute (as a trio), like in 2004 when two Manly Ferries - Collaroy and Queenscliff were out of service for maintainence. In the final years of service, Jetcats were restricted to peak hour operations only.

 Sadly, The Jetcat fleet sadly had a shorter life than their predecessors. Jetcats were withdrawn from service on December 31, 2008. It was argued that costs had increased along with declines in revenue. They were lucky not to have been pulled out of service earlier, when the Carr Government (1995-2005) introduced Supercats to the Sydney Ferries Fleet but had struggled to cope with the swells at the Heads of Sydney Harbour. Manly Fast Ferries (2009) currently operate High speed services between Manly and Circular Quay, but have expanded to provide services from Manly to North Sydney, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay and the Eastern Suburbs. Sydney Fast Ferries also operated services between 2010 and 2015, when they were the tender to operate the high speed service.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Wimpey Homes (1966)

This week I share a Wimpey Homes advertisement from 1966, promoting new house and land packages at Castle Hill and Fairfield West. 

Wimpey Homes Ad October 21 1966 the sun 64

Source: Wimpey Homes. 1966. Untitled (Advertisement). The Sun, October 21, 64. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

1968: The Lady Class Ferries debut on Sydney Harbour

Back in 2015, I shared a 1966 newspaper clipping on the Lady Class Ferries that were due to enter into service by the end of 1967.

On September 19 1968, the first of six Lady Class Ferries - Lady Cutler, entered service. It was named after the wife of the current NSW Governor, Sir Roden Cutler who was there in person to see her namesake.. Another five ferries would enter service over the next decade. Lady Northcott and Lady Herron still operate today.

lady cutler sept 20 1968

Source: Anonymous. 1968. "New Lady Takes Harbour". The Daily Telegraph, September 20, 3. 

The ferry operated until 1991. In 1998, it sailed down to Melbourne. After refurbishment works, it returned to service in 2007 as the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat and does chartered cruises along the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. .

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: C.A. Sanders & Co. (1971)

Here is a classic advertisement as promoting homes for sale by southern Sydney real estate agent - C.A. Sanders & Co from 1971.

  CA Sanders and Co Ad November 17 1971 The Leader page unknown

Source: C.A. Sanders & Co. (1971). Untitled (Advertisement). The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, November 17, Page Unknown.

Monday, 24 April 2017

1970: The 747 arrives in Sydney

Source: Anonymous. 1970. Untitled (photograph). The Sydney Morning Herald, October 5, 1. 

On October 4, 1970, the first 747 jumbo jet landed at Sydney Airport before a crowd of 10 000 people. In fact it was the first 747 jet to land in Australia.

The PAN-AM flight from Los Angeles, via Honolulu and Nadi arrived approximately 6:30pm, more than nine and a half hours late due to mechanical problems with the jet. It's arrival would inaugurate PAN-AM's twice weekly 747 service between Sydney and Los Angeles.

Source: Anonymous. 1970. Untitled (photograph). The Daily Telegraph, October 5, 1. 

Below is coverage of the arrival as seen by The Daily Telegraph on October 5, 1970. 

747 makes first appearance october 5 1970 daily telegraph 3

Qantas commenced 747 services the following year. The Boeing 747 jet like the Boeing 707's that came into operation just a decade earlier transformed the way that Sydneysiders travel around the world. While the objective by airlines like PAN-AM was to reduce congestion at airports, it had cost benefits for airlines. It could carry up twice the number of passengers that a 707 could carry. The cost of flying would fall opening up more opportunities for Sydneysiders to see the world, within their budgets.

Earlier in 1970, the International Terminal opened on its current location on the western side of the airport, and the design of the terminal accommodated for the new jets. It also led to the extension of the North-South Runway out into Botany Bay. 

Aircraft noise was already huge issue in suburbs surrounding the airport, especially in Rockdale. The 747's were noted as being much quieter than 707's. However the problem would not disappear but worsen as the airport grew in the decades to come and air traffic increased. Up to eighty planes land per hour at Sydney Airport today. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Shepherd Meadows - Toongabbie (1973)

Here is one from Long Industries Homes (now Long Homes) from 1973 featuring the Australiana series which was on display at Toongabbie.

Long Industries Ad April  7 1973 daily telegraph 39

Source: Long Industries Homes. 1973. "Shepherd Meadows" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, April 7, 39. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

1997: Plans for the Eastern Distributor are unveiled

Eastern Distributor April 10 1997 daily telegraph 

Source: Bissett, K. 1997. "Motorway sinks but toll will rise". The Daily Telegraph, April 10, 8

Did you know that it is 20 years ago this month that plans for the Eastern Distributor that we see today were unveiled?

While there had been calls for the entire road to be placed underground, attempts were made to make it appear more environmentally sensitive. This included sinking sections of the motorway under South Dowling Street and the landbridge connecting The Domain with the Royal Botanical Gardens

Opening was slated for 2000 (The Daily Telegraph), but was opened ahead of schedule in December 1999, sticking to the promised $3 toll.

ED plan 1997 April 15 smh

Source: Morris, L. 1997. "New $1bn plan for eastern M-way". The Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 4. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Peninsula Apartments Pyrmont (1998)

Large week, it was split level townhouses that one could buy in 1998 on the north shore if you wanted compact without losing the bigness of a home, but if you wanted to be close to the city, you could choose a "super large" apartment in the Peninsula Apartment Complex at Pyrmont.

  Peninsula Apartments Pyrmont June 11 1998 SMH 17RE

Source: Sydney Prime Realty. 1998. "Peninsula apartments; Living Large". The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 17RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 10 April 2017

1965: The Royal Easter Show Official Opening + additional find from the 1992 show

On Saturday, the Royal Easter Show was officially opened by the Governor General of Australia - Sir Peter Cosgrove and is the pinnacle event of the show when the best of Australian agriculture is put on show with those assembled in the Main Arena treated to a spectacular procession. The Grand Parade has been held annually since 1907. In 1965, the Duke of Gloucester was on hand to officially open the show, making him the first member of the Royal Family to open a show since 1824. Here is a report from the April 15, 1965 edition The Daily Telegraph of the Official Opening. We are also treated a picture of the formations from the parade, one tradition that still holds to this very day.

  Royal Easter Show April 15 1965 daily telegraph 3

I hope you enjoyed last weeks insights into the 1992 Royal Easter Show, but I felt this article should also be shared from 1992. The recession was still biting hard on peoples pockets. It was being reported that more people were passing through the gates, but spent less once inside the gates.

  Royal Easter Show April 12 1992 daily telegraph 7

Source: Thorpe, D. 1992. "It's Showtime". The Sunday Telegraph, April 12, 7. 

But on a positive, people did their homework before buying their show bags. A very handy tip if you want to get bags with good stuff at a good price!!!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Pemberley Grove, St Ives (1998)

This week we head up to St Ives, where split level townhouses were on offer in 1998 at the Pemberley Grove complex in Shinfield Avenue.

Permberly Grove St Ives June 13 1998 SMH 10RE

Here is a Google Earth link to view the complex from the street. 

Source: AustLand. 1998. "Pemberley Grove" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 10RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Royal Easter Show Flashback: 1992

Source: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. 1992. "There's No Time Like Showtime" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 46.

The 2017 Royal Easter Show commences on Thursday at the Sydney Showgrounds at Sydney Olympic Park.

Lets look back at the highlights from the 1992 Royal Easter Show.

It was the sixth last show held at Moore Park (1997 was its final year) as planning continued towards the eventual relocation of the showgrounds. Newspapers provided very valuable coverage of the events from the Easter Show including the preview guides.

Dates: April 10 - April 21, 1992

Admission & Transport:

Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (2) - Showlink Page 46

Source: Cityrail. 1992. "Cheap Thrills" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 46

Adults: $13 (Showlink - From $14.00). This was $1.50 more more than 1991.
Children: $7 (Showlink - From $ 8.00)
Students & Pensioners: $10 (Showlink from $11.00)

Family discounts applied if there was a second child etc if attending as a family. They went in for free!!!

Showlink Tickets for the first time allowed show goers to use either (or a combination of) buses, trains and ferries to travel to and from the show. Paying just an extra dollar for public transport provided incentive for people to leave the car at home. I remember my parents driving to the show that year and the car parks in Moore Park were packed to the brim as usual.

It may appear to be more affordable to the average person, but remember you could purchase either a show entry ticket only or the all in one ticket. Today each person must pay a flat admission charge which includes public transport to and from the show on all modes.

This year, an adult will be charged $41.50 for Easter Show admission (up $1 from 2016) but is lower if booked online. Purchase your ticket before Wednesday and you will pay just $37.

  • Royal Easter Show street parade on opening day through central Sydney. 
  • No guest nation for 1992. 
  • Human Cannonball spectacular featuring Michael and Carolyn Vandeleur. This was the first time such an act had been done since 1966 at the show. I remember seeing human canonballs at the 2007 show. 
  • New XPT Xplorer cars on display (advertisement below). 
  • Jimmy Barnes performing on closing night. 
  • The Grand Parade. 
  • Peter West Stunt Spectacular
Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (4) - XPT Explorer Ad Page 50

Source: Countrylink. 1992. "See the Xplorer that's going to be more famous than Captain Cook" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 50. 

In 2017, there are 380 bags available (up from 300+ last year), and all view able on the Easter Show website. The choices can be overwhelming today, but in 1992, many options were there. Showbags in 2017 will sell for as high as $30. Bertie Beetle was and still is $2 though you can choose from several other Bertie Beetle Bags that retail for up to $15. There are two show bag advertisements that I've included for you to get a feel of what was available.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "A Selection of Nestles Top 20 Showbags" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 47.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "A Selection of Nestles Top 20 Showbags" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 48.

Source: Triple M. 1992. "The Triple M Showbag" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 48.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "Super Hero Stand. Your One Stop Shop" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, April 5, 139.

Key Statistics

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on April 22, 1992
  • Total attendance was approximately 900 000 which was similar to 1991. Note that less than 750 000 attended in 2016, which was the lowest attendance in a generation. 
  • 118 000 attended on Good Friday. 
  • 6700 metres of hot dogs (down 700 metres from 1991). 
  • 40.7 tonnes of chips 
  • 5000 cubic metres was garbage was collected. 
As a bonus, I have a map of the showgrounds for the 1992 Royal Easter Show which was published in The Daily Telegraph Mirror in their preview guide on April 8.

Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (3) - Easter Show Map - Page 48

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Presidio Newtown (1999)

This week we head over to Newtown where a one bedroom apartment in the Presido complex would cost you just $198 000 in 1999.

Presideo Targets June 5 1999 SMH 19RE

Source: Anonymous. 1999. "Presidio" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald,  June 5, 19RE (Real Estate Liftout).