Sydney’s Wooden Streets 1880-1900 – Part 1 of 5

Woodblock paving was used to surface Sydney’s streets from the 1880s until the 1930s. The paving here is a recreation of what Sydney’s streets looked like at the time. 

Sandstone paving had proved unsuccessful because it crumbled under the wheels of carts. Australian hardwoods were found to be a durable substitute and were so successful they were used on streets in London and Paris.

At the northern end of George Street, near Dawes Point, original woodblocks, largely still in place beneath the bitumen surface, have been left buried for future generations.

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