The shops that I recall in Spit Road:
West side from south to north (some may be missing or misplaced)
Military Road – Greengrocer – Cake Shop – Newsagent – General Clothes store / Manchester – Menswear then Coles (at the tram stop)- Ladies Dress shop – Greengrocer – Milk Bar (with a long counter on the south side and fixed chair and table stalls on the other side) – MacIlwraiths (delicatessen)- the Masonic Club – small mens shop – Whittles Hardware – Homewares / Furnishings – Commonwealth Bank. (New Post Office came later)
East side (north to south)
Punch Street – residence – shop – shop – Postal parking area – Post Office – shop – Kings Theatre – Corner clothes shop then Clifford Street. More shops to Military Road, adjacent to the tram and bus stops.
(Just to start off the memories – corrections welcomed.)
I remember as a child in 1960 seeing a shop at spit junction which had a train set in the window which was working I spent hours watching this. I was in Australia from 1960 to 1963 we lived at 60 Spencer Road Mosman. We arrived from England on the “£10 poms scheme”.
Love to here from anyone who knew me I went to Mosman School. Particular remember John Perkis school friend. Elaine Pickering adult friend.
I came across your posting by chance when looking up some information on Mosman history. I lived in Holt Avenue as a boy and my mother now lives in Spencer Road (#31). Very upmarket little part of Mosman these days.
The train set was at the top of Cabramatta Rd and it fascinated many a young boy. The shop was called Huckell’s Radio and the window display could be activated by pushing a button which made the train run for a couple of minutes. I believe he refused to sell out when the “Strata” hotel was built so it remained for a number of years on the corner, adjacent to an unattractive pub. It has all gone now.
You can drive down Spencer road these days remotely via Google Earth!