October 18, 2007
Speaking of Zetland, as I did in my trams post, it’s worth mentioning that South Dowling Street used to disappear into sand dunes… and that’s probably why it was a bit of a centre for glass making. The massive Dowling Street tram depot was also down that “dead end” of town (now a hardware/retail monstrosity), as was the Sydney Hydraulic Company’s plant (was now an Otis elevator testing facility when last I looked). They generated hydraulic power for Sydney, there being a need for power before the advent of widespread electrical distribution.
Heading south into the sand and swamp we had the old Victoria Park Leyland (aka Austin, Morris, Wolseley) car plant on the right, hard up against O’Dea Ave (where the single track tram connection from South Dowling Street to Waterloo is still visible). It became Navy land in the mid-1970s, then residential. Before all of that I think it was a pony racing track. On the left is Todman Ave and the old WD&HO Wills cigarette factory, Raleigh Park.
As an aside, let’s remember Tempe tram depot here.