October 2021 Mystery Photo

Lyn Collingwood, October & November 2021 (Bulletin, 8/2021 and Bulletin 9/2021)

A number of people identified the view as the ground on which John Byrne Court now sits, with St Ita’s in the background. The vacant site (bounded by St Johns Rd, Wentworth and Mitchell Streets and Park Lane) was known as ‘Crane’s Paddock’ when the mystery photo was taken in 1953 (see last Bulletin).

John Byrne Court was built 1959-62 as public housing. Postwar plans to build duplex homes on the land had been rejected by the then owner, the Church of England, as too expensive.