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Gympie Road 1946

Introduction

In 1946 an aerial survey was made of the Chermside & District and the photos used here are from that survey.

World War II ended in 1945 and by 1946 many armed service personell had been discharged and were back in 'civvy street'. This meant a lot of young people were picking up their lives, marrying, starting families, building houses and settling down. The Chermside area was poised on the edge of a huge building boom as there was plenty of land available.

A person who left Chermise in the early part of the 20th Century and returned in 1946 would still see much of what s/he knew of the place. There had been some change but not a great deal, there was still bush, farms, paddocks but Gympie Road was paved because it was needed as an all weather transport route during the war.

In the decades that followed Chermside changed out of all recognition.

Four photos of Gympie Road are used below.
The second and third are the same photo but the two are used to identify the structures on the WEST and EAST sides of the road.

The identification of the buildings is taken from earlier work of:
1. Norman White who drew a map of Chermside in the 1940s
2. Desmond Lee who gave a clear listing of the places he remembered in 1945
3. The combined memories of several members of the CDHS who have lived here all their lives.

1946 Gympie Road - Webster Road to Hamilton Road


1946 Aerial Survey - Gympie Road between Webster Road and Hamilton Road. NOTE: Webster Road did NOT cross Gympie Road or Marchant Park in 1946. The large white area in Marchant Park is from army trucks using the fuel dump there during World War II.

This first photo shows the northern part of the Chermside area, Gympie Road had few buildings in this section.

WEST SIDE of Gympie Road had Vellnagel's Blacksmith Shop and house opposite Murphy Road.
DOWNFALL CREEK
Wheller Gardens (Garden Settlement)
Hacker's Produce Store
HAMILTON ROAD

EAST SIDE of Gympie Road had Marchant Park with two Ovals.
MURPHY ROAD
Sparkes' and Early's Paddocks.
BANFIELD (SHORT) STREET
Early's Produce Store and House.
The Police Station, House & Lock-up on the North corner of Hamilton & Gympie Roads.
HAMILTON ROAD

1946 Gympie Road - West Side - Hamilton Road to Kitchener Road


1946 Aerial Survey - West Side of Gympie Road between Hamilton Road and Kitchener Road & Lutwyche Cemetery


HAMILTON ROAD.
Stannway's House
Timmin's Garage & House later
managed by Les Lee
LATHAM STREET
Fisher's Produce Store
House Richardson
House Smith
SPARKES STREET
Lemke's Butcher
House Whythe
House Argo
Pradella Barber
Pradella Dressmkr.
NORMAN DRIVE
Jackson's Milk Bar
Tilley's DawnTheatre
Bert Carr Blacksmith
Argo's First Bicycle Shop
& Pradella's first
Geo Lemke Jr Butcher
WALLACE STREET
Shoemaker Hardacher
Large space
Head Teacher's House
Large space
Chermside State School &
Playground
RODE ROAD
House on the corner
Space
Harry Williamson's Bakery
BROMILOW STREET
May's Butcher Shop & Ice
Works behind it.
Fifteen Houses
LAWLEY STREET
Three houses
Gallagher's Kedron Tannery
Large space
About Five houses
Gallagher's Home Glenora
KITCHENER ROAD
Sexton's House
Lutchwich Cemetery

1946 Gympie Road - East Side - Hamilton Road to Kitchener Road


1946 Aerial Survey - East Side of Gympie Road between Hamilton Road and Kitchener Road & Lutwyche Cemetery

HAMILTON ROAD
Old timber Methodist Church
Large space
House - possibly Hansen's?
Hamilton Body Works opposite Sparks Street
Gibney's house
Bishop's house
Vacant block
School of Arts & Library
HALL STREET
Argo's second Bicycle Workshop
Argo's Bicycle Shop
Reid's Grocery Shop and Post Office
House of Granny Gunston
House
Old Police Station & House
KURAN (DUFF) STREET
Large space
Arthur Box's house with the
workshop under the house
Stephen's house back near Saw Mill
House of Sid Rice
House of E. Beckmann
PILBA STREET
Bike Repairer
Plunknett Blacksmith
Daybell's (later Green's) Store
RODE ROAD
SYDNEY STREET
MELLOR STREET
BOOTHBY STREET
------Pills & Slaney's Tanneries
CHILDERS STREET
------Maggs' Tannery
KEDRON STREET
Magg's large brick house with
bowling green beside it.
Packer's House
SPORT STREET

1946 Gympie Road - Kitchener Road to Kedron Brook


1946 Aerial Survey - Kitchener Road & Lutwyche Cemetery to Kedron Brook

The Southern Kedron area was older and much more closely settled than the Chermside area in 1946. This was due to the gradual growth of Brisbane to the north and especially to the building of the tramline which provided cheap efficient all weather transport.

The trams reached Lutwyche Cemetery by May 1925 but Chermside had to wait another 22 years till March 1947.