THE BRILLANT SUGGESTION IN 1953 BY GEORGE ADAMS OF NORTH COBURG, MELBOURNE, VIC., AUST. & TULLAMARINE HISTORY.
In the last decade or so, the sand at Portsea's beautiful beach has completely disappeared because Jenny Warfe and her Blue Wedge coalition were ignored by both sides of politics which gave bipartisan support for lowering the rock shelf at the heads. Just after the effects of the dredging began to be noticed, a Portsea oldtimer wrote to a local paper, possibly a member of the famed Watson fishing family which had established the famed Portsea Hotel, stating that sand loss caused by the resultant swells had never been experienced before to such an extent and suggested that an artificial reef should be built. Stephen Bradford, C.E.O. of the Melbourne Port Authority could have saved Portsea's sand if he'd followed this advice but kept on trotting out the same old mantra about the sand movement being natural and having nothing to do with the dredging.
I wonder too whether George Adams was ignored. Possibly not, because the plan of the residential development planned at Tullamarine in 1958 when the jetport at Tullamarine was proposed, shows PROPOSED HIGHWAY through "Gowanbrae" (formerly Camp Hill) and Viewpoint (now owned by Stoney and Palmer.) If I remember correctly the name of the pamphlet containing this and another plan of the area was called THE CASE AGAINST A JETPORT AT TULLAMARINE. It was published by Walter V.(Major) Murphy, president of the Tullamarine Progress Association,and no doubt financed by Stanley Korman whose development stretched from Forman Street Westmeadows south to the Albion-Jacana railway line. The pamphlet was among the material I donated to the Tullamarine Library and should now be at the Hume Global Learning Centre at Broadmeadows.
However the plans of Korman's development on "Gladstone", "Viewpoint" and "Gowanbrae" and other land purchased by him such as Ernie Campbell's land north of Dalkeith, Keith Campbell's Willowbank north of Broadmeadows Township and Strathconan purchased from R.Kay, (manager of Australia National Airways until Ansett bought it whose surname was originally Kowarzic) can be seen on pages 197 and 196, respectively of Andrew Lemon's BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.
The PROPOSED HIGHWAY follows the exact course of the Western Ring Road and there was no land reserved for the Tullamarine Freeway so it is possible that some politician or public servant had actually taken notice of George Adams' suggestion five years earlier. See George's letter WITH HIS PLAN OF THE RING ROAD ROUTE:
WHY NOT TRY RING ROAD?
The ironic thing is that I would never have found this article if I had not been looking for VIEWPOINT, BROADMEADOWS in relation to Bill Stoney who'd bought the northern half of "Viewpoint".
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.