This week, the Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society reflect on the early years of Yambil Street.
Roadworks mean part of Yambil Street is unpaved and the street hasn’t always been a paved thoroughfare.
During the 1940s to 1950s there was no junction of Yambil Street with Kookora Street.
Instead the Murrumbidgee County Council’s (electrical authority) sited its depot, used for spare poles and wires.
Going east was a derelict troop carrier which provided fun for local kids.
Next door was Clive Pritchard’s General Store and his backyard soft drinks factory. It has recently had a face lift and to become a cafe. The street was partly residential and partly commercial.
Mrs Homes and Mrs Maher both had guest houses in that block.
Mrs Prest’s boarding house was just west of Clive Pritchard’s shop. Mrs McCudden’s boarding house was nearby.
The present Central Apartments site was held by JSVagg and Co, a tractor dealer, before being sold to Keith Gill Motors. For a while Coles New World supermarket was opposite Keith Gill Motors. Next to Gills was Hodges Groceries which made home deliveries.
There was no heritage committee to prevent modernisation of the Griffith Hotel and loss of its old style.
Diagonally opposite the Griff was a farrier Mr Hams, and close by was an outdoor picture theatre, then the Palais de Danse.
The Palais was moved to the showground in 1959, and re-named Woodside Hall.
Spry’s Transport was a large business that carried goods from as far afield as Western Australia.
There was no out-of-town intermodal transport hub, and large trucks roared up and down the street, but at least in those days there were shade trees.
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