5.3 out of 10

Anzac Ave, Engadine

-34.0638780136 151.0190069266
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Engadine Living in Anzac Ave from 1946"

Anzac Avenue was in four parts in 1946. It was of course untarred and was red gravel from Cambrai Ave to about Banksia Avenue. The section extending west from Caldarra Avenue was a sand track one car wide.This section ran for about 100 metres only.

There was only one tarred road in Engadine in 1946. That was the Princes Highway. It was only two cars wide and also the only road with any street lighting. And that lighting was only rudimentary. No fluoroescent lights then.

There was no postman in 1946.

Milk was delivered by horse and cart, and the special cart had two chrome [or was it pewter] taps on the back. The milk was extracted from the cart through the taps, and was measured into either a one or two pint spitoon flask, [again was it chrome or pewter], and the measured amount was tipped into the "billycan" of the resident. The billycan had been hung on the front fence the night before, together with the note as to the quantity required, and the appropriate money was left, [yes overnight], beside the billycan.

Bread was delivered daily to the back door of your house. The bread carter had a picnic type basket covered at each end by a canvas cloth. He would peel back the cover exposing the bread, [either a full loaf or half a loaf] and bread rolls. There was only ever one type of bread and one type of roll. If half a loaf of bread was required, it was broken on the spot by uncovered hands, and the remaining half put back in the basket.

No sewerage or septic tank or pump out in 1946. The outhouse [dunny or thunderbox], was always well away from the house. The low down suite was a lift off device that sat over a 40 litre tar covered cylinder. With any luck, the cylinder would last a family of four for about a week, by which time it would be fairly full. The saniman would call about two in the morning with a new can, would do the exchange, and having put a lid on the offending and full container, would carry it on his shoulder to the street, attemping to avoid spillage as much as possible, as his head and shoulders were always hit first before the spillage hit the pathway and/or street. The can was placed in the truck in one of two tiers, and when full, the truck would deliver its very smelly load to Menai. The receptacles were tipped into open trenches in the area opposite where the ANSTO facility now stands.

If you had the misfortune to follow a sanivan, the smell lingered in the street for well after the vehicle had left.

Few people had motor vehicles in 1946. There was no doctor. The nearest doctors were Tom and Eric Miles from corner of [Old] Princes Highway and Belmont Street Sutherland. If you had to call a doctor for a home visit, it was a major exercise coming by car from Sutherland.

There was no hospital in the Sutherland Shire. All deliveries of children of the Shire, except if you travelled to Paddington [RWH] or St George at Kogarah, were by mid wives. Engadine had a child birth hospital with eight beds opposite the water tower on the [Old] Princes Highway. It was owned and run by nurse Tafe [Richmond].

Transport, shops, sport, churches, bush fires, etc in 1946 are items for another place.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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