Saturday, 30 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: 3 Pacific Avenue, Tamarama (1971)

Below is an advertisement for 3 Pacific Avenue in Tamarama dating from 1971.

Source: Parkes (Sales) Pty. Ltd. 1971. Untitled (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, June 12: 42.

What is disappointing is the absence of a photograph of the views from the apartments as it is located on one of the best streets in the suburb, which includes ocean views.

Apartment 14 was sold in January for around $1.5 million, which is a outstanding return on the $22 000 spent in 1971.

Monday, 25 May 2020

MILESTONE: The Airport Line turns 20 (2000) - Additional material

Last week, I focused on the opening of the Airport Line in 2000. This week, I will share additional media clippings that were not featured.

Below is another newspaper advertisement.

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "Catch a train to your plane" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, May 28: 38.

The Sydney Morning Herald published a special feature article on May 18 2000. I have enlarged the visual diagram.

For those living along the route, it meant one thing - higher home values.

Source: Hilferty, T. 2000. "Ready for takeoff: Airport Link to life home values". The Daily Telegraph, May 13: 7.

One teething problem identified prior to its opening was that ticket machines across the network had not been updated to feature the new stations.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "No tickets to ride on airport link". The Daily Telegraph, May 17: 5. 

As a bonus, ever wondered why the stations along the line were designed the way they are?

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Track to the future: New stations resemble airports". The Sunday Telegraph, April 1: page unknown. 

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Marsfield Land Release (1973)

Below is a 1973 newspaper advertisement for a land release at Marsfield. Going by the information this would encompass Zanco Road, Marsfield.

  Marsfield Land Release Ad April 7 1973 daily telegraph 40

Source: Midlands Realty Pty. Ltd. 1973. "Sewered Land Marsfield" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, April 7: 40.

Monday, 18 May 2020

MILESTONE: The Airport Line turns 20 (2000)

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "Fly by Train" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, May 14: 51. 

On Thursday (May 21), Sydney's Airport Railway Line will celebrate twenty years of service. The $900 million line was built as part of extensions to Sydney's rail network in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games.

The line was significant as:

  • Sydney became the first city in Australia to have a railway line to serve its airport.
  • It was the first (and only) railway line to be built in Sydney under a public private partnership. 
  • Excluding the Olympic Park Loop (1998), this was the first new railway line constructed in Sydney since the Eastern Suburbs Railway Line (1979).
  • Commuters had to pay a station access fee in addition to their rail fare to cover the cost of construction. This was abolished in 2011 for those accessing Green Square and Mascot Stations.
Five new stations were built - Green Square, Mascot, Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and Wolli Creek. 

Wolli Creek also acted as an interchange station for commuters on the Illawarra and South Coast Railway Lines wishing to access Sydney Airport.

What was it like on day one back in 2000?

The public were invited to inspect the new stations and experience the line before normal operations commenced at 7pm.

Source: Airport Link. 2000. "The New Airport Line Grand Opening Sunday" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald. May 19: 3. 

The first full day of operation was May 22. The Daily Telegraph (Final or 2nd Afternoon Edition) reported that while activity was quiet along the new line, there were no problems with services. Feedback from commuters was positive.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on May 23 (Page 8) that while services ran smoothly, overcrowding of trains was a concern with airport travellers struggling to fit their luggage. NSW Premier Bob Carr even advised luggage laden travellers to travel to central Sydney by bus or train. Taxi Drivers also believed that the line would ruin their business. Two decades later, it is ride-share services e.g. Uber that have impacted their business and not the train.

The need for luggage racks on the trains servicing the airport was considered but was dismissed. Two decades later - no change.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Need for baggage carriages rejected". The Daily Telegraph, May 23: 11. 

A Courier Service was explored as well with no success.

Source. Wainwright, R. 2000. "Airport Link takes the bag at $8 a pop". The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24: 2. 

A new rail line also resulted in changes to timetables across the rail network, especially the East Hills and Illawarra/Eastern Suburbs Lines. Some stations on the East Hills line saw a reduction in services while stations between Glenfield and Campbelltown experienced increase services. However Travel times for East Hills Line commuters increased as services were now rerouted via the Airport Line, and those wishing to travel between Wolli Creek and Redfern had to change at Wolli Creek. Many Illawarra line services also stopped at Wolli Creek.

Source: Bissett, K. 2000. "Airport line changes all timetables". The Daily Telegraph, May 18: 9.

Next week, I will share some additional material relating to the Airport Line

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: MacMahon Plaza, Hurstville (1998)

Below is a 1998 newspaper advertisement for the MacMahon Plaza complex in Hurstville.

McMahon Plaza Hurstville June 11 1998 SMH 33RE

Source: Colliers Jardine. 1995. "MacMahon Plaza" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11: 33RE (Real Estate Liftout).

Monday, 11 May 2020

2001: The QVB as Sydney's favourite building

In 2000, The State Chamber of Commerce surveyed Sydneysiders to identify Sydney's favourite building.

The winner was the Queen Victoria Building which received 33% of the vote.

This was followed by Sydney Tower in second place.

Rounding off the top five were:

3. The Sydney Opera House
4. The GPO
5. The Sydney Town Hall.

Results were released in early 2001.

Below is an article from The Daily Telegraph from January 2001.

Source: Skelsey, M. 2001. "Victoria's secret: QVB vote Sydney's favourite building." The Daily Telegraph, January 6: 7.

This is in stark contrast to the thoughts and minds of people in the 1960's when there were calls for the building to be demolished for a Civic Square and car park or even build a skyscraper.

We are blessed to have this building in our city. It adds grandeur and elegance to our city, but also provides our shoppers with a wonderful experience as they access the best shopping that a city can offer.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week: Plaza Apartments Rockdale (1998)

Below is a 1998 newspaper advertisement promoting apartments in Tower A of the Plaza Apartments Complex at Rockdale. It is part of a three tower development that was built in the late 1990's. Residents are located above Rockdale Plaza Shopping Centre and is one of the very first shopping centre developments to incorporate highrise towers above the retail complex.

Source: Colliers Jardine & Richard Ellis. 1998. "Life's on Display: Plaza Apartments" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald. June 11: 33RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 4 May 2020

2001: Meriton Apartments failed attempt to redraw the boundaries of Moore Park

Moore Park is not just a park. It even has its own suburb and postcode (2021). Moore Park also includes the former Sydney Showgrounds Site/Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium.

In 2001, Meriton Apartments was in the early stages of its redevelopment of the ACI Factory Site at Waterloo and asked South Sydney Council to alter the boundary of Moore Park to include the development. South Sydney council refused.

Source: Skelsey, M. 2001. "Estate meets its Waterloo". The Daily Telegraph, March 14: 26.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Property Advert of the Week : The Rutherglen (1991)

Below is a model home that was on offer by Dainton-Gough Homes in 1991. The home itself was on display at Cherrybrook.

The Rutherglen Ad October 12 1991 daily telegraph 46

Source: Dainton-Gough Homes Pty. Ltd. 1991. "The Rutherglen" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, October 12: 46.