Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
WCS. 5 September 1925: Murat Bay News. Ceduna is looking quite modern in appearance with the new district council s sign boards erected at the various town boundaries – a warning as to speed limits…
WCS. 3 July 1931. Over a mile of new footpaths were formed in Ceduna, mostly from a grant made by the Unemployment Relief Council, as relief works for the unemployed… The Council is endeavouring to foster the inauguration of a volunteer fire brigade for Ceduna and Thevenard… The Council has carried out an extensive service to the travelling public in the obtaining and erecting of many direction signs supplied by the oil companies… With reference to direction signs it is humiliating to notice the number of times these are defaced and otherwise damaged by vandals, who seem to take no pride in their district nor have any respect for assistance to strangers…
WCS. 21 August 1931: Murat Bay Council Notes. Owing to the large sheet of water accumulating near the Bank of Adelaide corner, the water table is made so that water now drains away. A new footpath with shell blinding was formed…
WCS. 1935. The Clerk of the Council, Mr Fairbrother discovered that many of the tree guards and some of the trees on O Loughlin Tce had been knocked down and removed and trees suffered severely… vicious pranks of irresponsibles… quickly communicated with police, who soon got on the track of the offenders who proved to be two well grown youths who should have known better… on being questioned one of the youths admitted having done the mischief.
Note the small trees in the middle of Poynton St.
WCS. 20 September 1935: District Council of Murat Bay. Messrs Enthoven and Armour… and Mr H Hoobin… waited on the council with respect to the undue zeal of the ranger in impounding cows… the men stated that there was only a day s delay in taking out licenses. One of them said that as he was coming from the council office with his licenses, his cows were impounded… the other stated that as his boy was driving the cows home to his yard, one cow turned back, unknown to the boy, and was immediately picked up by the ranger… the council thought the ranger could have shown a little more discretion… Hoobin said his cows had been impounded on the Park Lands which his license distinctly stated, were within the legal grazing area. He claimed his animal was illegally impounded… the council suggested that the ranger may… have impounded cattle in error…
WCS. 23 October 1946. Ceduna. Extracts taken from the District Council meeting… The question of bitumenising the main street was discussed…
A great aerial photo of Ceduna, mid to late 1950s. In the foreground you can see progress on the building of the Bowling Club and Greens. The white area to the left of the Greens, is the Ceduna Playground. Note the streets are not bitumised.
WCS. 22 August 1951. Ceduna. At the next meeting of the District Council of Murat Bay, the bituminising of the Port Augusta West Australian border highway will be one of the main items on the agenda. The matter of enlisting the co-operation of other councils in the preparation of a case to put to Canberra, will be discussed. The recent rains have made the main highway between the eastern States and Western Australia impassable in a number of places.\
WCS. 24 June 1953. Cr Morrison requested that McKenzie St be shelled owing to the nature of the material which pugged during wet weather.
WCS. 2 Sept 1953. Council has been granted nine thousand pounds for main roads, one thousand five hundred pounds for a district road, and five hundred pounds grant-in-aid.
WCS. 27 Jan 1954. The plans for the proposed bitumising of the Ceduna streets were perused. Mr Cockburn said it was hoped the project would be started in the near future. The first step was the setting up of the crusher, as carting stone and crushing would take some time ¦
WCS.5 March 1958. Ceduna. District Council Notes. The Highways and Local Government Department had called tenders for the crushing of 19,600 c yards metal for the bituminisation of Ceduna streets and Thevenard Road and a supervisor would be required ¦
Taken from where the Silent Cop is now (2018) looking north.
WCS. 20 August 1958. Ceduna. The Commissioner of Highways has advised the District Council of Murat Bay that 25,000 pounds will be made available to start the Ceduna street bitumen programme, during the current year. The programme provides for two sealed lanes in Poynton and McKenzie Street, with garden strips in the centre, single lanes to the hospital, the eastern boundary of the town and to Thevenard. The whole project is expected to cost in the vicinity of 69,000 pounds and the council will be required to contribute 10,000 pounds. The chairman of the council, Mr P S Morrison, states that it is expected the council will raise 3,000 pounds and borrow the balance from the Highways at 3% over a period of 15 years ¦
This view today would be standing near the current Tourist Centre looking southwest towards Bill s Fish and Chip Shop.