Sunday, 7 April 2013

You're history

It doesn't have to have happened donkeys'-years ago, to be historic. Yesterday is history. Just that in Castlecrag, the history I encounter is 80 years old, whereas in Paddington the history is 180 years old. Take this small cottage on Fourth Street. Constructed during the Great Depression, the socio-economic ebb and flow of suburbs make it solidly middle-class, evidenced by it being manicured to within an inch of its life.

This cottage, however, stands upon a short no-thru lane between Fourth and Eastern Valley Way, and that lane itself is cloaked in history, a history of road construction. Telford was a Scot who lived in the first half of the 19th century, yet this lane is in suburban Sydney and I have found one source that dates it 1920. It looks innocuous, and the upkeep appears to be zilch. But, the construction method is complex and took us from corrugated roads to bitumised freeways.


Ann said...

I like that they have plaques detailing the history of the area.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I the ever so no new section of Lawson from the road widening they have added a display of a road like that ... an example of the original style of road I guess. I haven't stopped to read the plaque.

Regarding the gate. I was thinking the other day that a study on the different type of wrought iron gates and balcony rails so popular in the 50s and 60s could make a good study .. in some towns the local iron worker must have been an artist. In others the the rails in the whole town are rudimentary. My dad used to do them in our town .. His were rudimentary with a twist done on the lathe.

Birdman said...

Was traveling a road yesterday nearby and the winter damage revealed a roadway once in brick. History is always under foot.