Energy put into research

Bob Corby is digging into the history of the modern housing estate. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d407774
Bob Corby is digging into the history of the modern housing estate. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d407774

Bob Corby is writing a historical essay about the land he now lives on, which was the site of a large State Energy Commission depot from 1953 to 1990.

‘I was sitting on my front veranda one evening having a beer watching the sunset and wondered how many people have been at the site before,’ Mr Corby said.

‘I thought I’m going to do a bit of digging and hence the essay came up.

‘We live in suburbs and we don’t know what’s been here before. What’s a bonus for me is Belgravia Estate is quite defined and I can zoom into lot numbers and go from there.’

Mr Corby received support from the City of Belmont and Western Power in accessing important files and he hoped local residents and former SEC staffers would provide additional information.

‘There were a lot of people working here, now they’re all gone; that’s history, the buildings are gone and we’ve got this huge estate,’ he said.

‘I’m thinking there must have been people who worked at the SEC depot’