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Digital Photograph - Woman, Two Girls & Boy, in Front of Builder's Shed, Close View, House Building Site, Greensborough, circa 1958 Image Reg. No: MM 110534

Description Of Content:
A close-up picture of a woman and three children standing by builder's shed and toilet.

This photograph shows Vera Jones with local children, in front of the builder's shed on the building site where she and her fiance Brian Watson were building their first home. The little boy to the left, Willie Kienhuis grew up to be a builder. Brian Watson remembers 'The builders had their own sheds that they took from job to job and Albie (their friend) brought it onto the job, then Brian borrowed it. It would keep the builder's tools, bags of cement, whatever building materials they needed. They didn't have a truck so you couldn't transport too much stuff at once. You left it there and hoped it wouldn't get stolen.' The 'pan service' toilet ran on a permit. This is part of a series of 18 images contributed by Brian and Vera Watson, showing the construction of their house in about 1958 - 1959 in Greensborough. Brian and Vera worked on the site with friends and family on the weekends, during their engagement. There was a shortage of materials such as bricks, and of labour. Brian was lucky to have a friend who was a builder, Albie Birrell, who gave him advice and help. Vera and Brian would bring a camera and take photographs at each significant stage. This image complements image MM110533.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr Brian Watson, 2006
Discipline: History

More information

Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Secondary Classification: Residential Buildings
Tertiary Classification: construction sites
People Depicted: Kienhuis, Willie; Watson, Vera; children unknown
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Greensborough, Victoria, Australia, circa 1958

Source of Date Depicted: Contributor's memory.
Photographer: Mr Brian Watson

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