Communications Officer Tara Oldfield

Author: Tara Oldfield

Communications Officer

Early 20th century photos of the construction of Victoria’s roads and bridges are now available as part of our collection.

The 1913-1936 Country Roads Board (now Vic Roads) series of images consists of negatives and digitised photos which capture the construction of roads and bridges, including engineering techniques and materials and machinery utilised to develop road networks. The series also features staff and workers who contributed to the improvement of Victoria's roads and documents the implementation of road safety awareness into Victorian society. The photographs in this series were taken by a variety of in-house photographers. 

You can search through and download the photographs as TIFs here. 
Note that the images are high resolution, so file close file Definition An accumulation of documents relating to the same subject, person, activity or transaction that are kept together.  Documents in a file are usually, but not always, fastened together.  Files are usually arranged in an identifiable sequence (e.g. numerical or alphabetical). sizes are large and may take some time to download. Digitised images are being added progressively over time. The series currently ends at 1936 but over the next couple of months we'll be adding later years so keep checking back! 

A small sample from the series:

black and white photo of market day at Dandenong

 

black and white photo of a man showing children a motor car

 

black and white photo of ashpalt being poured on a road

 

black and white photo of a horse and cart being loaded with construction materials

 

road works by two men

 

corner of road in Upper Beaconsfield

 

councillors on motor car