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Cnr of Nepean Hwy & Warrigal Rd in 1947 then 1954 & the old Swing bridge over the Maribyrnong River.

Country Roads Board footage starts with the Cnr of Nepean Hwy and Warrigal Rd in 1947 then 1954, then Warrigal Rd Oakleigh, then the old Swing bridge over the Maribyrnong River Footscray.
Sourced from the ACMI collection.

Written by Gezza1967

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  1. Ah yes, I remember it well.

    I'm pretty sure the blue Bedford Ventura bus on Warrigal Road in the opening scenes is the one driven by my favourite bus driver 'Jock', who transported me daily from Haig Street, Burwood to Oakleigh State School, from 1950 to 1952.

    I remember particularly the bus's modern 'cab over' design and the 'crash' manual gearbox, requiring quite some driving skill.

    It was always a good start to the day when it was Jock's bus that arrived at the morning stop.

  2. It sounds like (and is really) a propaganda video…..
    "Trust us covering everything with asphalt so large machines can spew noxious lead based fumes is what will make our country the greatest." Not exactly a Riefenstahl classic but effective enough for the masses to lap up.

  3. Interesting to note that at this time of the vid the national debt post WW2 was about 110ish % of GDP. Today the $1 trillion debt is only about 30% of GDP. It just came to me that LOL.

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