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Newtown Bridge, circa 1908

A busy street scene at the bridge. Trams and pedestrians mingle in a space which is now the almost exclusive preserve of the car. The pole in the foreground holds a tram signal – essential for controlling the busy junction. (All localities in Sydney which include the term "junction" were once junctions on Sydney's huge tramway network.)

Note the pedestrians ambling across the road. This illustrates the problems created by car traffic. Trams were pedestrian-friendly. Pedestrians could feel confident that they wouldn't be hit by a tram because they ran on rails and you could see exactly where they would go on the road. There was no need for pedestrian crossings. Note also the tram conductor clinging onto the outside of the tram on the right. His job was to move from compartment to compartment along the running-board of the 'toast-rack'-style tram collecting fares.

Newtown railway station is behind the awning (still extant) at the right. Just to left centre is the Bank Hotel which then had a fine collonade and a broad 2nd storey balcony. Almost all the other buildings seen here remain today.