Spit Junction memories 1950/60

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Donal Carr
Spit Road
c. 1950—c. 1960

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.)

Donal Carr · 24 August 2012

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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.


— Steve Ingram · 25 August 2012, 21:15 · #

Hi Steve,
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!

Marc Parmentier

— Marc · 1 October 2012, 20:18 · #

I grew up in Cabramatta Road and have many fond memories of Mr Huckle’s train display. I met my wife when we both worked at the Commonwealth Bank in Spit Junction. We now live in Tasmania but when we visit, memories come flooding back every time we drive along Military Road and Spit Road.

— Peter Hughes · 13 January 2014, 07:21 · #

The train in Mr Huckle’s radio shop was a Ferris Sydney suburban 0-gauge electric train. They were made from around 1948 – 58 in East Sydney. Ferris moved to Brookvale and made car radios with and long after the trains. I think the trains ended up with a collector, however they were very badly worn understandably. Yes I pushed that little brass button in the window center many times and added to the wear.

— David Neale · 25 September 2014, 20:32 · #

Huckell’s Radio shop was in Military Road at Cremorne Junction not Spit Junction, on the northern corner of Cabramatta Road, as remembered above. My father bought a Phillips Portable radio there for me in 1954. It had a silver metal case with a roll down cover over the station dial. It was heavy to carry because the batteries were so weighty. So sorry I gave it away.

— Donal Carr · 9 October 2016, 20:35 · #

Wow thought I’d visit this website as I too lived in Spencer Road ( with my Grand Mother) & vividly remember the train set in the window. According to my Grandmother if I went missing they knew where to find me. Was always asking people to push the button for me.

— Errilyn O'Shea · 27 January 2019, 18:48 · #