Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Harris' Garage at Albion Park

William G Harris ran a motor for hire business from the Post Office premises at Albion Park; using a ‘Hupmobile’ he purchased c.1918. His father had arrived in Albion Park in 1913 as Post Master.

William eventually purchased two blocks of land across the road from the Post Office (Tongarra Road) and built a garage to house the car in 1923. He began doing repair work on other cars and selling petrol.

In the 1940’s William’s sons, Jack and Claude served their apprenticeships as motor mechanics, each going to Wollongong Tech from 1945-1950.

The Harris Family also operated a bus transport system for many years, and this included transporting Tongarra Coal Mine workers to and from the mine, and operating the daily Tongarra mail run.

In 2013, WG Harris and Sons Pty Ltd celebrated 90 years of continual service to the town of Albion Park, at the original site and still from the original building.

W.G. Harris in a 1923 Hudson passenger car, Macquarie Pass
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Harris' Garage at Albion Park
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2 comments:

  1. WOW! That is so cool! I love learning the history of places you see everyday. Thank you for the great job you do on this blog!

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  2. Thanks so much for your feedback Memma. If there are any other buildings, places or people you would like to know about - please send us a message and we will try to do a post for you.

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