Writing a lot of stories and recounting events that have shaped Helensburgh, have brought me many people who contact me, wanting to share their memories and pieces of Helensburgh. Recently I had the opportunity to dig into some private photo collections which revealed some great historic moments in Helensburgh’s history, and in particular; the Helensburgh Centenary in 1984.
A couple of collections had many photos of Helensburgh’s Centenary which I stared long and hard over for a few hours. Being like captures of time; the places, people, and memories revealed in the photos were many. Areas like at the bottom of Otford Rd and Walker Street (near Camp Creek) not having kerb & guttering. The bottom of Otford Road not yet having been concreted. The factory (John While & Sons – Fastener Division), at the corner of Otford Rd and Walker St still being there. It had been painted a dark brown which only must have been recent; as for many years it had been white. The Fire Trucks and their vintage.
I was 11 years old at the time, and remember the preparation for this coming event by the many activities being undertaken at my school; Helensburgh Public School.
The Helensburgh Historical Society has some great articles on Helensburgh and I encourage you to take a look.
The owner of these collections have kindly given permission for me to reproduce them here at Helensburgh.com.au.
Helensburgh Centenary 1984 photos. Enjoy!
Special thanks for Meryl O’Conner and Di Piggott.
Image/Photo © Ian Piggott 2013 – all rights reserved, – Helensburgh Centenary – 6th October 1984