Carrying the load: transport in NSW during World War II

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Presented at Open Day 2013 by Jennifer Sloggett. Despite the popular view that Australia was unprepared for war, material in the State archives proves NSW had been involved in national planning for many years before the 'surprise' attacks of 1942. Jenny shares her extensive knowledge of how NSW transport and infrastructure was crucial to Australia’s war effort.

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Carrying the load: transport in NSW during World War II

  1. 1. Carrying the load: transport in NSW during WWII Jenny Sloggett State Records NSW Open Day 30 August 2013
  2. 2. NRS 20017: War files [Department of Railways] Item ‘Railways at War’
  3. 3. A crowded platform at Central Railway Station, Sydney, 16 March 1944 NRS 17420 State Rail Authority Photographic Reference Print Collection State Records NSW Digital ID 17420_a014_a014000279
  4. 4. Equipment for the Northern Territory leaving DMR’s Rose Hill Depot by train, 1942 NRS 20012 Photograph albums relating to Northern Territory road works [Department of Main Roads] State Records NSW Digital ID 20012_a036_06_17261000306
  5. 5. 15 February 1930. NRS 20224 Photographs of metropolitan, country roads ferries etc., and miscellaneous operations, New South Wales, SRNSW Digital ID 20224_a038_001209
  6. 6. Road accidents 1937/38 to 1942/43 Year 1937-1938 Number vehicles 294100 1938-1939 Accidents Killed Injured 12575 612 8615 316558 11906 552 8388 1939-1940 327834 11200 547 8398 1940-1941 313962 10458 471 7471 1941-1942 288789 7775 480 5548 1942-1943 268673 7085 428 5096 4893700 42953 364 26366 2011 NRS 10623 Correspondence Files [Ministry of Transport] File 42/--/2442 [10/2545]
  7. 7. NRS 19987 Action: Official Journal of National Emergency Services
  8. 8. Lane Cove National Park, October 1943, showing white highlights on cars State Records NSW Digital ID 12932_a012_a012X2442000022
  9. 9. NRS 10623 Correspondence Files [Ministry of Transport] File 44/31/345 [10/2558] Instruction re Producer Gas vehicles
  10. 10. NRS 10623 File 39/39B/1078 [10/2503] Dr Featherstone’s ambulance, 1939

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