The olden days

A couple of nice pictures that came my way recently.

The first was forwarded via Lost Newcastle; it’s a 1940s plan of what could happen with a dammed Styx, somehow creating a “canal living” experience around the TAFE.

throsby canal

The second was through the amazing University of Newcastle Cultural Collections. It’s a picture of the “new” rail bridge across the Styx from, I think, 1909.

Styx Creek rail bridge

This bridge was itself replaced (according to the plaque on the southern side) in 2003; this would be when the central concrete support pillar was put in place, which must have been very reassuring for rail passengers.


I’m not very good at that “historic overlay” thing, but you get the idea.


7 Responses to The olden days

  1. ruthcotton says:

    Incredible, oh what a dream!

  2. Russell says:

    make sure you look at the full video from the National Film and Sound Archive:

  3. Mark MacLean says:

    Nice find!

  4. Lachlan Wetherall says:

    The photo of the Styx rail bridge being replaced is from June 1917 (not 1909). See article in Trove at

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