“They lie, the men who tell us, for reasons of their own,
That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown;
For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet
My windowsill is level with the faces in the street”
— ‘Faces In The Street’ by Henry Lawson
Before freeways, old comrades celebrate public transport! Photo: Garner, Grahame. ‘Images documenting radical protest and street marches in Brisbane , 1960-1980.’ F3400. Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
In 1969, Labor Mayor of Brisbane, Clem Jones, declared that the Brisbane City Council (BCC) was going to shut down the trams.
In the early 1970s under the ‘Wilbur Smith Plan’ the BCC replaced trams with freeways.
Does this sound like Campbell Newman digging tunnels?
A one time press photographer, Graham Garner, thought what can I do?
During the last days of the trams, Graham went out to every tram terminus and each tram line and took photos.
What foresight! Thanks Graham.
When politicians destroy or sell public assets perhaps union members might use their special skill in the way Graham used his skill with a camera.