Gregory’s Street Directory

In these days of GPS navigation, it’s interesting to go back to the beginning of street directories in Australia. 

Gregory’s produced their first Sydney Street Directory late in 1934.  The Sydney Morning Herald gave it a mention the following year.  This image of a well-used 1943 edition is via Archive CD Books.

Gregory's Street DirectoryGregory's street directory 1943


on hobby horses and bicycles

Canberra Times – 13 December 1934

from Hobby Horse to modern bicycle

.Bet they didn’t have this hobby horse in mind when they wrote that article.

Leader – 13 March 1915

Combined velocipede and hobby horse


Australia’s first cars – the Holden and the Thomson phaeton

There was much excitement about the “first car to be made to order in this country”.

The Barrier Miner – 23 Jan 1948

Those carefully chosen words were perhaps in recognition of the Thomson motor phaeton in a feature article in The Argus of 2 October 1948,

You could order this booklet (The Hobart Mercury – 7 October 1948) to get the story of the new Australian car.

And here it is – courtesy of the Australian Women’s Weekly – 11 June 1949.  A little prettier than the phaeton and weather-proof too.