Parramatta Road

Parramatta Road looked more like a country road in 1900, about the time this photograph was taken.

The photograph shows Parramatta Road at the ‘7 mile post’, near Five Dock. Milestones were situated at one mile intervals along the Parramatta Road showing the distances to Sydney and Parramatta.

In 1942, Australia was under threat of invasion and the New South Wales Premier directed that all the distances be removed from the milestones along the main roads so as to confuse an invading Imperial Japanese Army. After the War the milestones were re carved.

A rare survival of one of the early milestones with the mileage shown in Roman numerals can be seen on the grounds of Concord Library at Flavelle Street, Concord. It was removed prior to World War II from the intersection of Parramatta Road and Mosely Street, Strathfield.

Posted on October 18, 2012, in Concord, Five Dock and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. A recently published book, Discovering Australia’s historical milemarkers and boundary stones by Robert and Sandra Crofts (2013), suggests that the Concord sandstone milestone ‘could possibly date from 1814’ (page 63).

  2. The Five Dock mile post was located in the vicinity of the intersection of present-day Croydon Road and Parramatta Road.



    Sir,-I desire, through the medium of your paper, to
    draw the attention of the Works Department to the
    present state of the above road. It has been left in
    such a state lately by workmen laying pipes for the
    Water and Sewerage Board that it is positively
    dangerous, and particularly so at the entrance to the
    Wharf-road, Concord, where a large mound has been
    raised, over which, unless persons driving are
    especially careful, they are likely to come to grief. The
    road is also in a bad state of repair, and now, what with
    the late rains and the careless way the excavation made
    for water pipes have been filled up, is a disgrace to the
    Government, who, I believe, are responsible for its

    Perhaps the members for our district, who are so
    profuse at promises at election time, will exert themselves,
    and endeavour to get something done to it.

    I am, &c.,

    May 2. CONCORD.

    From The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 5 May 1890, page 6. (Trove)

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