A reader kindly emailed me these photos, taken by his late grandfather, of roadworks on Johnston St near Napier St (the Town Hall hotel is prominent in the background of one). I date them to the mid 1950s owing to the FJ Holden on the road in one.

johnston-st-4 Johnston St in the 1950s

Courtesy of Tim Constable / photographer: Ken Constable / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1950s

johnston-st-3 Johnston St in the 1950s

Courtesy of Tim Constable / photographer: Ken Constable / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1950s

johnston-st-2 Johnston St in the 1950s

Courtesy of Tim Constable / photographer: Ken Constable / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1950s

johnston-st-1 Johnston St in the 1950s

Courtesy of Tim Constable / photographer: Ken Constable / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1950s

Johnston St in the 1950s

2 thoughts on “Johnston St in the 1950s

  • 10 February 2018 at 3:51 pm
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    I was a student at the George St Primary School and these works were likely to have been the removal of the red gum blocks (about the size of house bricks) that were laid in Johnston St as part of a tramway. I took a pram down and loaded with these blocks which were soaked in bitumen to use as fuel in the 1 fire stove in our house in Napier St but we could’t get them to burn and also couldn’t split them with an axe.

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