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Sandstone Pillar, cnr. Gordon Ave & Alexander St Hamilton Sth (Newcastle)

Sandstone Pillar, cnr. Gordon Ave & Alexander St Hamilton Sth (Newcastle)

“WHERE Gordon-avenue begins its long, straight journey down to the foothills of Glebe, there are islands of grass in its middle, and stubby palms, with two sandstone pillars announcing the “Garden Suburb.” The pillars were placed there in 1914 by the Australian Agricultural Company. Mr. H. A. Phillips, who lives near-by, said the company once had a coal line in the avenue. It ran from the Great Northern Railway line and, at Tudor-street, swung round behind the site of the ambulance station, where it met up with the lines to Glebe Pit and the city waterfront. In those days, around 1911-12, Tudor-street was “not of much ac-count” and Denison-street was the main road through Hamilton. “It was all scrub, over towards Merewether, until they shifted the racecourse from Hamilton South to Broadmeadow,” he said. “There was plenty of space for allotments, then. Now, there’s none at all.” Mr. Phillips pointed out from his verandah to a tall building which pokes its head up over the houses. “Wood Brothers built that place as a brewery, but they didn’t use it.” he said. “There was never a bottle of beer in it.” In the current phase of its beerless history, the brewery is Wood-street branch of the Newcastle Technical College.
— Newcastle Morning Herald, Sat. 1 Mar, 1947.

Proposed Removal

A proposal has been made that the two stone pillars at the Tudor-street section of Gordon-avenue, Hamilton, should bo removed. The pillars were erected by the

Australian Agricultural Company in 1914, and it was then proposed to erect another pair at the Glebe end of the avenue. That part of the scheme, however, was not carried out. Recently a deputation from Hamilton Council discussed with the company’s superintendent, Mr. Henry, the question of removing the pillars. The company, it was said, would offer no objection to the removal, one pillar to the centre of Gordon-avenue on the northern side of Tudor-street, and the other to the centre of the intersection at Glebe-road. Before anything is done, however, the council will call for an estimate of cost, and that, it is thought, will be a bar to the scheme.

—Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), Friday 28 September 1928, page 6



Research by Matthew Ward

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