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Why Peter wrote Richmond Son
The easy answer is that I could recall the detail. It is an account of how life was for children in Richmond during the middle 1950s. When compared to the lives we lead today, my experience defies belief.
Peter R Fitton
Peter's other book is Never Been Hit. It is a wartime story of Australian fighter pilot, Flying Officer Leslie T. Streete who flew in the skies over Holland and Germany in the closing months of the war.
Peter is grateful for the assistance received from the Richmond and Burnley Historical Society.
Corner of Bridge Road and Church Street 1949
The excitement as I would be taken to Spencer Street Station to greet my uncle from Sydney. He'd arrive on the Spirit of Progress. It was an impressive locomotive with a matched set of carriages
A very old photograph (possibly 1920s). The Bridge Road bridge, River Street (right), a number of tanneries and the Richmond race track. The race track was long gone by my time, but the rest had not changed a great deal.
An even older photograph. Bridge Road, looking eastwards. Racetrack on right, cable tram shed on left, Hawthorn West Central across the Bridge with the cenotaph behind and Burwood Road heading towards Glenferrie. In my childhood the tram shed operated as a motor body repair business, but the unique cable tram tracks could still be seen curving across the footpath in through the front doors.
The Old Convent with its tower in Burnley Street. After it was demolished, the site became part of the school playground, though it always resembled a building site with its rough surface.
Princes Bridge Melbourne. How it looked in my time. The triangular site across the river was the old Worth's Circus site. At the very top of the picture is a glimpse of Prince Henry's Hospital on St Kilda Road.
The Yarra, Melbourne. A photo from the 1920s. Duke & Orr's dry dock with the V gates (on right). The turning basin where the river widens and the ships would be turned about. It had not changed a great deal until the King Street overpass was built. It is surprising to note the large number of sea-going vessels tied up along the banks of the Yarra. Melbourne Seaman's Mission on the lower left side with the dome.