Vintage Snapshots: Daily Traffic Down Under – Australia In The 1950s & 1960s

I know that CC has a few followers in Australia, and I recently came across a series of slides that I believe they will enjoy seeing. Images captured in the 1950s and 1960s, with daily traffic of the period. These shots should spark a few memories to those who lived those days, and to the rest, provide a nice view of what life was like back then.

As for myself, I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with Australia’s automotive past. A mix of products from Europe (mostly British) and American subsidiaries that seemed to enjoy the goodness of both worlds. It’s always a bit odd -but good!- for me to see Valiants, Falcons, Minors, Minis, and Bedford trucks all sharing the same roads.

Locations and dates have been noted, as provided online. The lead pic is at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, from 1952.

Commercial St. and Penola Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 1955.

FE Holden, Fishermans Bend, Victoria, 1956.

Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1960.

Lilac Time Hall, Goulburn, New South Wales, 1964.

Gladesville Bridge, Huntleys Point, Sydney, 1964.

Young and Jackson’s Princes Bridge Hotel, Naarm Melbourne, 1966.

Roselands Shopping Centre, Sydney, 1968.

Rex Service Station, Melbourne, 1968.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, 1968.

King William Street, Adelaide, 1969. (Impossible to see in this resolution, but Bullit is playing at the Warner Theater in the background).

Miranda Fair Shopping Centre, Sydney, 1969.