Over the course of writing this blog, I’ve come across several locations that have proven nearly impossible to research. Be it that they were too insignificant for anyone to keep tabs on, that they pre-dated the internet, or that everyone but me has forgotten they ever existed, these places are in danger of becoming lost forever, consigned to the memory of people who have too much time on their hands.
This is where you come in.
If you have any information – memories, photos, vague recollections – about the following places, GET IN TOUCH via email (see the About page) or the comments section. Check back here every so often because I’ll try to update this list whenever some new mystery falls across the Past/Lives desk. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, and although I can’t afford to pay you…
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–Metro Twin Drive-In Cinema: Situated on the corner of Waterloo Road and the Hume Highway at Chullora, this popular drive-in defined the area in an era of simpler entertainment. In 1977, it played host to the premiere of the FJ Holden movie. These days, it’s Chullora Marketplace, home of Big W and Woolworths, which occupied the site as standalones throughout most of the 80s and 90s. I know I’ve seen pictures of the drive-in online in the past, but there’s not much out there now…or is there?
– Henry’s: a burger joint on the Princes Highway, Kogarah. It was definitely around in the late 80s, and its approximate location was the old Kogarah Hartee’s, which is now a pedestrian overpass.
–Hurstville Bowling Alley: I’ve found a little bit on this one, but when even the Hurstville Council are putting out calls for info on the place, you know it’s a dying cause. It was on the corner of Forest Road and Hudson Street, Hurstville, and is now a small retail complex including a Dick Smith.
–Time Out Arcade: This one was located in Bankstown Square’s ‘City Limits’ section until the early 2000s, and was a pretty rough place. Today it’s a St George Bank.
–Spin Out Arcade: Just outside Bankstown Square along Appian Way, opposite the old World 4 Kids. Now a gym.
–Hasham’s: Yes, the original building is still there (as the C-Side Restaurant, along General Holmes Drive at Kyeemagh), but there’s precious little out there on its time as a take-away joint owned by actor Joe Hasham.
–Cobb & Co Diner: You’ve seen this one even if you’re not aware of it. I’ve been planning an article on the Cobb & Co (later Deno’s Diner and today Harry’s Cafe de Wheels) for ages (John, if you’re reading this, I’ll be in touch!). It’s sitting on the Princes Highway at Tempe just waiting to have its rich history explored.
–Fonzie’s Pinball Parlour: Owned by Alan Saffron (son of Abe), Fonzie’s was a chain of pinball parlours dotted around Sydney, with the two most prominent being at Collaroy and on Oxford Street. They opened around 1979, and yes, they were themed around the Fonz.
–Bankstown synagogues: Yes, synagogues. Bankstown had two of them BITD, one on the corner of Meredith Street and Rickard Road, and another near the Stacey Street overpass beside the Big W on North Terrace. I don’t want to spoil things, but apparently they met terrible ends.