January 1953: In the 50s, Fitzroy's poor were moved to commission flats as part of the Housing Commission of Victoria's slum reclamation movement. A boy walks down one of the streets condemned by authorities
Children in Erskine Place, North Melbourne Australia. Slums. taken by F. Oswald Barnett born in Brunswick, Victoria. A committed Methodist and housing reformer, he led a crusade against Melbourne's inner city slums. In 1936 he was appointed to the Slum Abolition Board and from 1938-1948 he was the vice-chair of the Housing Commission. In this position he attempted to shape compassionate public housing policy.
1930 Penny - Australia is best known rare coin. Only 3,000 were minted and of those, 1,500 still exist and are trading in todays market. There are only 6 proof coins known to exist, 3 in museums and 3 in private collections.
We rode the “Red Rattlers” to Melbourne city. These trains were painted red, and they did rattle. They had these wonderful big chrome handles and you had to open the doors to the compartments yourself, no automatic doors then. The carriages also had these metal and wire shelves for you to put your “kit bag” or Gladstone bag on. Blokes would have a Gladstone bag for their lunch, newspaper etc with their hat would be placed on these shelves. Gentlemen would never wear their hat in the…