"Nanna," I asked excitedly, "do you use the (Sydney Harbour) bridge?"
"No, there are other bridges we use".
I was so disappointed in my Nanna, The Bolter. Why didn't she use the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Well, time for some research. Why didn't she use the Bridge? For a start, it did not take her where she wanted to go.
She lived in Balmain and so had no need to use the bridge. I vaguely recall her saying if they went to northern side of the harbour, they used other bridges.
I need a map. An old map. I have an old Sydney map. It has all the tram routes marked on it. Now that might have been a question I should have asked. Nanna, did you use the trams? Or even do you use the ferries. Later thought, of course she would have. She bolted with one of her music students when Father was a young teenager, so that would have been the early fifties.
Right, for the City, she would have travelled by car south and then turned in to what was then Commercial Road, now roughly Victoria Road, across the Glebe Island Bridge and then Pyrmont Bridge to land in Market Street, obviously before the monorail took over the bridge.
To go north, she would have used the Iron Cove Bridge, then the Gladesville Bridge. Just from memory, she might have had wait for at least two of the bridges while they swung or rose to let ships pass.
I suppose I ought not be hard on her to have not used the bridge.
As an aside, today I clicked on a link I had saved and not investigated, The Ryerson Index. Off and on, over the last couple of years I have looked at NSW cemetery sites online to find out where she was buried, without luck. But today I found a starting point, with at least a date of her death. Early investigations indicated that the Sydney Morning Herald that day has not been digitised for that day. Oops, I just realised I tried to look at the 29th of June, not the date of publication, 1st of July. Still no good. One day....
|*******||Dorothy||Death notice||29JUN1969||Death||at Balmain Hospital, late of Balmain||Sydney Morning Herald||01JUL1969|