Thanks to the pioneering work of Michael Leunig it is now a well known fact that shopping trolleys are not made in factories, but have a complex life cycle that traverses the seas, rivers, canals and drains. When it comes to mating season not all trolleys make it all the way back to sea, and occasionally they are forced to lay their eggs in the drains. Today on an expedition to photograph the Chatham Road bridge I spotted this infant trolley emerging from the mud at the bottom of the Styx Creek drain in Hamilton North.
Notwithstanding the date, I really did see this eel nonchalantly making its way down the drain in New Lambton Park today.
Having established with reasonable certainty that Ralph Snowball’s 6 April 1900 drain photo was located in Hamilton North adjacent to the old gasworks site, I visited the spot yesterday to take a modern photo.
Update – July 2018
Based on some helpful observations from Tony Steinbeck, I now believe that is more likely that the 1900 photo was taken at the site where Chatham Road crosses the drain. See my storm water drain page for further details.
A couple of years ago I posted an article and some photos of a Douglas C47 transport aircraft that ended up in the storm water drain beside the Broadmeadow aerodrome during World War 2.
Last year I was examining an old black and white aerial photograph of the Broadmeadow area, and spotted something interesting …
|Article Date Event Date||Notes|
|11 Aug 1944|
10 Aug 1944
|A D.C. 47 Army transport plane, with 25 men on board, skidded 200 yards on a wet runway, hurtled through a fence and then crashed into a stormwater channel at Broadmeadow aerodrome.|
|12 Aug 1944|
10 Aug 1944
|Photo. The Douglas C47 transport plane in the stormwater channel at District Park aerodrome, Broadmeadow, where it landed in bad weather on Thursday.|