“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
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 the LNP’s 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. Here are some of the photos that Graham and other photographers shot in the last days of the trams (click to enlarge).
Ian Curr Nov 2010 (updated 3Aug 2022)
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.