Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Waterview Heritage Character Study (2006): now online

This was researched and written by Jack Dragicevich, and published by the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society in 2006, in response to earlier plans for the SH20 motorway where it was reported that hundreds of houses in Waterview would be bowled. Since then, we've seen the tunnel idea come and go -- and now, we're back to around 300 houses likely to be demolished for the new motorway.

Here are the links to the complete book, online at Scribd:

Chapter 1: Early Settlement (19th century Waterview)
Chapter 3: The State Housing Era (1930s-1950s)
Chapter 4: The Modern Era (1960s-2006)
Photo supplement part 1
Photo supplement part 2
Waterview Street Names


  1. I really enjoyed reading this (when I should really have been working). It's a very well done and concise history that added useful depth to my understanding of a neighbourhood that's going to be in the news for years to come. Thank you for taking the time to make it available on Timespanner. I can feel a number of walks in the area coming on!

  2. Ah, so we've inspired heritage exercise! Always a good thing. Thanks for your email yesterday asking about Waterview stuff, Phil -- the lightbulb came on, and I thought, "Well, we have this, why not publish it?" Glad it's been of interest. I do think Jack did a great job with quite a detailed subject for such a small area.

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