NEW PICTURE THEATRE: The New Olympia de Luxe Theatre, Parramatta Road, Annandale's opening with Saturday matinee "Whoopee" I and "Rango." - The Sydney Morning Herald 6 August 1931
The employment opportunities in light industry and other business, as well as the close proximity to the CBD made Annandale a vibrant place to live and work. Duncan McNab's The Usual Suspect: The Life of Abe Saffron , describes Saffron's early life in Annandale - where the family lived above his parents' fledgling drapery business at 231 Parammatta Road. The business flourished and moved to George St and the family to Bondi. Though life in Annandale had been good the book also mentions that the latest dances from London and America were taught by a local identity Mr FA Reeve in the Annandale Hall in Young St.
Rita Eilleen Freeman, then aged 30, had gone that morning to Annandale's Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Babies - later to be known as the Holy Family Convent...Rita gave birth to a second son, George David.
...Rita and the three kids moved north across the highway into another tiny house at 67 Young Street, Annandale
...School held little interest for George - he was tossed out of two in Annandale.. - The Real George Freeman by Tony Reeves
Clarence Gladstone Ingram (38) was killed when a brick wall which was being demolished crushed him, while he was working at the Empire Hotel 1937 'WALL FALLS ON WORKMAN.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 6 March, p. 21, viewed 27 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41283250
"A fire broke out yesterday in a Joinery works at the corner of the Crescent and Nelson-street, Annandale. Notwithstanding the firemen's efforts, which were aided by a heavy downpour of rain, the premises, which are of two stories, were severely damaged, the roof being partly destroyed. The owner is Arthur C. Turner, who lives at 62 Lyons-road, Drummoyne. - 1930 'FIRE AT ANNANDALE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 29 December, p. 2, viewed 19 June, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16741946
"There were exciting scenes at the corner of The Crescent and Nelson street, Annandale, tonight when three men drew revolvers and a fusillade of shots was fired. Apparently none of the men was struck by the flying bullets" - 1936 'FRACAS IN SYDNEY STREET.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 23 June, p. 18, viewed 19 June, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48155549
LABOR MOTOR FUNERALS LIMITED, 59 Parramatta Road, Phone L3011 Annandale - 1937 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 18 November, p. 9, viewed 19 February, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17409538
Frank reminises of swimming in Rozelle Bay in the 1930's. He, and his 6 year old mates, had followed Johnston's Creek from Camperdown. Pollution was a problem, he recalls a day when the bay was full of floating Dead Fish and another when one of his mates nearly drowned.
William Anthony Taylor, 13, fell 20ft from a bridge, over a canal, while flying his kite in Hogan's Park. He was admitted to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital suffering from a fractured thigh. -1931 'CASUALTIES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 November, p. 10, viewed 27 November, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16815253
Charles Robert Winkworth was an alderman of Annandale Municipal Council between 1917 and 1933, and Mayor of Annandale in 1933. Winkworth steps down from Johnston Street to Rose Street were therefore most likely named after him as recognition of his contribution to the Council - LEICHHARDT MUNICIPAL COUNCIL, ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, ANNANDALE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL 1894 TO 1948
MR CR Winkworth The Mayor of Annandale, Alderman Charles Robert Winkworth, died in a private hospital yesterday, aged 67 years. His home was at Dalhousie-Street, Haberfield... he founded the firm C Winkworth and Son Ltd. - The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 14 July 1933 page 16
Winkworths in World War 1
Virtual Tour about the Melocco Brothers
"The base for the Melocco Bros. Operations from 1919 until 1984"...www.heritage.nsw.gov.au
Cinesound was based in Balmain Rd, Rozelle (source Peter O'Malley). "Cinesound Varieties premiered in Sydney on 1 June 1934." - more including footage
By mid-1937, 345, of the 1,420 Australian Cinemas had a system from Raycophone, at 62 Booth St, Annandale. They also produced domestic wireless receivers and developed sound recording and mixing technology....more.
"In a fire which broke out in the factory of Raycophone, Ltd., at the corner of Booth and Trafalgar streets, Annandale..."The Sydney Morning Herald Thu 23 January 1936
CONTRACTS LET...for remodelling and reconstruction after fire of the Raycophone factory Annandale and to R B Ashley Phillip Street, Sydney for additions to business premises and show room at Annandale The Sydney Morning Herald 24 March 1936
Raycophone Ltd table at the Midnight Theatrical Ball at Mark Foy's, Tom Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 26 July 1938 - Powerhouse Museum 94/63/1-91/13
Raycophone amplifier, 1929 - 1935 - Powerhouse Museum K60
A 1935 made by Harringtons Ltd, shows employees making metal components, assembling sound heads for "Junior" type projectors, and assembling and testing radios including "Pee Wee" - National Film and Sound Archive Catalog Title No: 10174 Title: RAYCOPHONE (nfsa.gov.au)
"Another title card introduces the Raycophone invented by Ray Allsop, a sound system that has been installed at the Wintergarden. Footage of Allsop concludes the clip"...1929 clip 1 The Wintergarden Theatre 2:07 Talkie Season Opens: Wintergarden Theatre: http://aso.gov.au/titles/historical/talkie-season-opens/clip1/
A spectacular fire broke out in a saw and knife factory, operated by the Premier Saw Co. Pty., Ltd., early yesterday morning.
Large quantities of oil and Inflammable chemicals which were stored on the premises made the work of the firemen highly dangerous, but the flames were brought under control before they could reach the danger
At about 1.45 a.m., a 200-gallon tank of oil, used in tempering steel, burst into flames at the company's premises In Young Street, Annandale. Employees present at the time made a vain attempt to check the advancing flames with chemical extinguishers, but soon had to retreat.
Fire brigades trom Stanmore, Leichhardt, Annandale. George-street West, Newtown, and Glebe, under Inspector Coghlan, arrived to find the building well alight. Although they knew that there was serious danger of an ex- plosion in the stored chemicals, the firemen went into the building, and fought the fire at its source.
The great heat generated twisted the steel girders, and at one stage it seemed that the roof might collapse on the firemen below. Residents of nearby houses, fearing that the flames would spread, In some instances re- moved furniture and placed it on the footpath. - The Sydney Morning Herald 17 April 1936
Furniture Factory Damaged.
A fire occurred in Mr. A Zaccaricts' furniture factory in Booth Street, Annandale, shortly before 9 o'clock last night, and did considerable damage to the first floor before it was extinguished. - The Sydney Morning Herald 7 January 1930
ANNANDALE BY-ELECTION. "Woman Candidate. - Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday 17 April 1931
ANNANDALE BY-ELECTION.- Argus (Melbourne, Vic. Wednesday 14 June 1933
Facade of Electricity Substation 260 - 7th May 2009
Walter worked for Sydney County Council, who was responsible for electricity in Sydney. He recalls a time, when he was at the picture house and the movie was interrupted for an announcement that his services were required. So, he hopped on the Tram and headed into the city to get the electricity working again. - ANZAC Day 2009
It is now 50 years since mass tram services operated in the inner-west. Trams operated in the inner-west between 1882 and 1958 and were originally driven by steam power. From the early 1900s as Sydney's electricity supply expanded, trams were converted to electric operation [with Electricity from the White Bay Powerstation]. Sydney's tramway system developed into the largest in the British Commonwealth outside of London and supplied transport to the growing suburbs. - 'Red Lines' trams. November 20, 2008 by localnotes
The Sydney Tramway Museum provides a nostalgic and educational insight into the lifestyle of Sydneysiders during the 100 year period of tramway operation from 1861 to 1961, with running and restoration works-in-progress, exhibits and photos depicting the development and operation of tramways during this period. - www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au
Footage of Trams in Sydney
"NEW BUS SERVICE.
The Commissioner for Road Transport, Mr. Neale, announced last night that from next Monday a bus service will be run between Annandale and Coogee Beach on Sundays and holidays...." The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 26 January 1940
The Masonic Hall (Masonic Temple 01 Jan 1934 to 31 Dec 1976) in Trafalgar street (now Annandale Galleries) was the venue for 21st Birthdays, Fancy Dress Balls as well as Catholic Youth Association and other social functions. There was a Billiard Room at the corner of Nelson and Booth Streets. While, the teenage social scene revolved around the Athletic Club at the Tram Stop, in Taylor Street. The club activities included soccer, tennis and table tennis and budding romances.
Betty and Alan were both members of the local secular Athletic club. But when it came to marriage, they had to pick between churches. Alan had been a choirboy in the Hunter Baillie Presbyterian church but they were marrid in a "behind the altar" Sacristy ceremony at St Brendan's.
"Agents who are owners, or part-owners, of sub-divided areas are seeking an amendment of the regulation prohibiting the sale of sub-divided areas in single allotments. They point out that in the County of Cumberland they own land for sub-division on which the aggregate rates to municipal and shire councils will be at least £36,000 next year, and that these cannot be paid unless they are allowed to continue the sale of allotments.....280 Nelson Street, Annandale, £410. For a brick cottage, 278 Nelson Street, Annandale, an offer of £775 was declined, and brick cottage, 2 Rose Street, Annandale, was passed In at £520"The Sydney Morning Herald Sat 21 November 1942
In 1942, Betty joined the RAAF working in the Suppliers unit in Waterloo. In 1946, Alan was appointed the Managing Director of a clothing factory in Goulbourn and they lived there for ten years.
Memories courtesy of Jean, Betty & Nancye
Rev Harry Norman Powys, rector of St. Stephen's, Penrith to move to St. Aidan's, Annandale (includes cv and photo)- 1932 'THE CHURCHES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 July, p. 7, viewed 25 February, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16903335
Torpedo man William John Richardson and Muriel McGlynn in St Aidan's Church, Annandale, on their wedding day 13 April 1946 (AWM P03246.001).
Picture Australia has many images of [Australian ex prisoners-of-war going home] ...Robert Lowe (Annandale)..(1945).
"I was born in Sydney, August 1919. My people in 1920 bought out a butcher's shop in Johnson Street, Annandale and I had that shop - I came back to that shop from my army stint - and then I went on to have a few other shops as well. Source: TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL HISTORY RECORDING(S00781), Title:(NX58555) Wilkinson, James Colin (Sapper) Interviewer Stokes, Edward Place made Not stated Date made 14 February 1990 Description James Colin Wilkinson as a sapper, 2/6th Australian General Hospital, interviewed by Edward Stokes for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45 http://www.awm.gov.au/transcripts/s00781_tran.htm
In September 1947, Wilkinson advertised for a Good all round BUTCHER to reply at 119 Johnston St Annandale Telephone: MW1216 (1947 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 September, p. 17, viewed 1 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18046401)
The Beale piano factory was closed during World War II. According to John who phoned into 2BL Brekky on 30/9/2005, it was taken over by De Havilland Australia to manufacture Mosquito Fuselages. More about molded plywood Mosquito Bombers.
Information provided by the de Havilland company during research into the Memorial's Mosquito aircraft indicates that the Annandale factory of Beale and Company Ltd. was 'taken over' by de Havilland Co. for the construction of Mosquito Fuselages.
The Mosquito was a British-designed twin-engine aircraft with a crew of two, made almost completely of wood. Versions manufactured in Australia included fighter-bomber, reconnaissance and trainer models. A total of 212 were produced for use by the Royal Australian Air Force, and a small number were sent to New Zealand post-war.
The finished fuselage sections were transported to Bankstown to be used in the final assembly of the these machines. I understand that all the fuselages were made at Beale's, which gives some indication of the scale of the effort. - John White, Senior Curator, Australian War Memorial.
Benton's images is of a plane on a truck in front of the Goodman Buildings. The Plane on Way to Factory is a photograph of a riveted metal Air Craft Fuselage . The plane is being transported North along Johnston Street.
Tom writes, "Not a Mosquito. Looks like a Douglas DC-3 airliner, or the military C-47 Dakota version. These are made of riveted aluminium, so there would be no reason to build them in a piano factory"
"WORK WOULD TAKE A YEAR"
One authority declared that, even if sufficient building mate- rials and labour were available, it would take 12 months to fulfil the requirements of the shelter code.... The code, which was issued at the weekend, defines the type of shelter* which must be provided in all buildings where more than 30 persons work or live...Thousands of copies of the code have been distributed. The area to which the code is applicable has been extended to include Annandale. Glebe, and Newtown." - The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 16 December 1941 page 9
A number of Air Raid shelters were erected in Annandale. Members of the Seniors group at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, recall shelters at the end of Johnston street (possibly part of the TAFE) and in the grounds of the North Annandale Public school. A student at the Annandale Public School recalls the demolition of their Shelter and a Nissen Hut, at the end of Wisdom Street, may one day become the permanent home of the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery [14 September 2010].
"At Cooper Park in Sydney, students of South Annandale Public School show the results of their study into Australian bird life with realistic imitations of bird calls." - nfsa.gov.au
Grave Shortages in all building materials were hampering the State housing programme, and building trades generally were in a distressing condition. The Minister for Housing, Mr McGirr, said in a statement issued yesterday.....Mr McGirr's statement was made in reply to questions asked by Mr Gormon (Lab, Annandale)...Building activity in New South Wales outstripped supplies, he said. - The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 31 October 1945 Page 4
See also Annandale Factories
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