Sunday, July 29, 2007
Now I was about to write this post and when checking a detail I realised that I am no longer sure of which property I am referring to.
It could either All Saints Anglican Church or St George's Uniting Church. Both are close to each other in Chapel Street, East St Kilda. Nearby is an army depot, closer the St Georges, so perhaps that is the one I am referring to.
The Brighton Antique Dealer's toyboy has an interest in WW I and WW2 memorabilia and so this last week had a call from a roof tiler chappie. He was doing some work on the slates on one of the above mentioned churches and in the roof space he discovered a very old telephone with a winding handle and it was connected to a wire that headed up into a tower. He followed the wire to another telephone he found up at the top of the church tower. The toyboy now believes the tower was used to spot enemy planes and the phones were communication to someone down in the roof space. I don't believe and Japanese planes came anywhere near Melbourne during the second WW, so it must have been a boring job.
The theory sounds quite plausible, given the location of an army depot nearby. Further investigations are underway.
Further investigation indicates to me that it was St George Uniting Church, pictured left, courtesy St Kilda Historical Society.