West Ward Depression

The following story appeared in the state press on the weekend. It may help us understand what is needed in West Ward.

During the depression, from 1930-37, Willoughby Council spent more than 500,000 pounds ($1 M) on public works to create jobs for the unemployed.

The projects included:

  • the Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator
  • Eastern Valley Way
  • sports ovals
  • swimming pools
  • Northbridge Golf Course

A noticeable aspect of all of these works is that there is no specific mention of projects within the West Ward of the city. Yet, during this time, unemployed men were living in rough lodgings at the far end of the ward, living off the land (rabbits).

See the next story for a modern day commentary on what is different about West Ward.


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