|Looking east along Broadway toward Railway Square, January 2010|
|Looking east along Broadway in 1910. Note the horse and cart and the sulky.|
At Railway Square, the dramatic west turn, a turnpike was installed in 1811 (see extracting tolls for travelling isn't just the quirk of modern NSW politicians!) that levied travellers to raise funds to maintain the hazardous road to Parramatta.
|Left: The marker authorised by Governor Bourke to indicate the western extremity of the city in 1837 which now stands on the corner of Glebe Point Road|
Right: the marker commemorating the widening of Parramatta Road in 1911 which stands beside the Footbridge to Sydney University
In 1815, after further major overhauls, the road was widened with the turnpike eventually moved to Grose Farm in 1836 (the site for the location of Sydney University in 1850). The western boundary of the city was declared at the corner of Glebe Point Road and Parramatta Road during the governorship of Richard Bourke (1831 – 1837).
|A zoom down Broadway as it is today|
The short strip of roadway between Railway Square and City Road was flattened and widened being renamed “The Broadway” in 1911 and thereafter referred to as Broadway. It is 1km in length. At the same time, Parramatta Road was yet again widened. All turnpikes in this part of the city were long gone.
I am sampling the joys of Melbourne - including a day at the tennis. I will be back at my desk on Thursday 28th January.