Cranbourne Road duplication, March 1980 
Cranbourne Road duplication, March 1980
 
(Photo courtesy Frankston Library Local History Collection) 

 


Man standing in Overport Park, 1980 
Man standing in Overport Park, 1980
(Photo courtesy Frankston Library Local History Collection) 




Comfort Station, Nepean Highway, Frankston 
 Comfort Station, Nepean Highway, Frankston
     (Photo: Jason Pietzner
) 





Carmen Tomlinson



In about 1926 or 1927 there were a lot more cars on the roads in those days. There were people coming down and parking on the edge of the foreshore there. There was a little cafe which sprung up there, just a little brick place, and they'd sell a few lollies, Kodak films, and from a couple of coppers out the back they'd sell hot water. They had rustic seats you know, along the foreshore, made out of tea tree. There was a man out the back here called Mr. Austin - Austin's Road is called after him - he started making these tea tree tables, these little rough bush tables and tea tree seats. Some of them were just four pieces of tea tree into the ground, but people didn't mind. The tea tree was quite thick here along this side and of course it seemed as if there was a never ending lot of cars, but there was only a two lane highway.


It seemed a lot, but then of course when it got up to the late 1940's, that's when there really was a lot of traffic. Well even in the 1930's it was hard for people to get across the highway. They used to have a policeman come here in the summertime. He used to come down usually about a week before Christmas you see and stay until Easter, and he'd hold up the traffic every now and then and let the people come across from the beach.