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- A Place & Date Depicted Greensborough, Australia
Digital Photograph - Man & Boy Digging Hole for Septic Tank, House Building Site, Greensborough, circa 1959 Reg. No: MM 110543
- Description Of Content:
- A man and boy, standing in a hole dug into an embankment, by the brick foundations of a house. Crow bars and shovels are in front of them.
This photograph shows Willie Kienhuis and Brian Watson, who have just finished digging the hole for a septic tank at the building site of Brian's new house, Greensborough, circa 1959. Brian remembers: 'There was no sewerage, so you dug a deep hole, built a wooden frame and poured concrete over it to make the tank.' Also shows walls of house and driveway. This is part of a series of 18 images contributed by Brian and Vera Watson, showing the construction of their house between 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.
- Acquisition Information:
- Copied from Mr Brian Watson, 2006
|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, Brian|
|Format:||Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Greensborough, Victoria, Australia, circa 1959
Source of Date Depicted: Contributor's memory.