Gate crash - Peter's Story

railwaygates

My dad used to work on the Victoria Railways. He used to make those railway gates on Hoddle Street in Clifton Hill and repair them when cars crashed through them. It was in the early '50s – they didn’t have power tools in those days, it was all done by hand. And I remember as a kid going to work with Dad when cars went through the gates.

These days, I go past there on a daily basis and it brings back memories of my old man. Day in, day out. They’re all good memories. I’ve still got the tools that he used to carry around to repair the gates.

Image credits:
Courtesy of the State Library Victoria: www.slv.vic.gov.au
Gate keeper's house and employees on Upfield line, Brunswick
Date(s): [ca. 1970-ca. 1996]
Creator: Rogers, Phillip photographer.