Department of Main Roads, New South Wales, DMR, NSW, Head Office, HO, Sydney, Castlereagh Street, Pitt Street, Campbell Street, Belmore Park, the P&S Cafe, West End Hotel, Chamberlain Hotel, EMI, Commonwealth Bank, Goulburn Street, Brickfield Hill, Voucher Examining, The Colony, Chinatown, Hotel Sydney, Central, the Tivoli; all this names bring back memories for ex-DMR staff, old and older.
DEPARTMENT OF MAIN
ROADS, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Born 1932 - Buried 1989
UN-OFFICIAL EX-EMPLOYEE PAGES
Dedicated to all our mates who have left this life.
Updated 7th November, 2020.
These pages will look back at a place I remember mostly with affection. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the DMR! R.I.P.
The P&S Cafe, West End Hotel, Chamberlain Hotel, EMI, Commonwealth Bank, Goulburn Street, Brickfield Hill, The Colony, Chinatown, Hotel Sydney, Central, the Tivoli, Chew and Spew, Chambo, Chamberpot; all these names bring back memories for ex-DMR staff, old and older!
Trevor Mace held successful DMR reunions in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Covid cancelled 2020.
Contact Trevor on our FACEBOOK group for information on the next reunion.
A FAREWELL TO MY FRIENDS
After ten and a half years with the Department (I have a tie-clip to prove it) I would like to say farewell in this column to those whom I did not contact personally.
Eleven years ago, I decided to become either a Brain Surgeon or a Space Scientist, but after a medical examination, I was informed that I had so many stones in the kidneys with an abundance of gravel, that I would be more gainfully employed with the Department of Main Roads.
With many promises of doing a job, and a great deal of that substance found in the pens adjacent to the Spanish Bull Rings, I was accepted by the Department. I commenced in May, 1968 as an Office Assistant, a position which never left me.
Being a person of high standards, which I gained in my younger days at "Thommo's" Two-Up School, Randwick Races, The Rock and Roll Hotel at Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross Terrace Houses, I was able to remain in the same job in the same section for the whole period.
One of my greatest successes was winning the "Agitators Paddle", three times, against the best "Stirrers" in the business. This in itself requires great dedication and a motivation to become intolerable.
To all those friends who so graciously accepted my money from losing football wagers, I say "thank you" from the bottom of the barrel. To my other friends, I would like to thank you both, for your persistent and menacing phone calls that made me appear so important.
The Superanuation Board's Medical Officers and the Top Brass have a lot in common - they never understood me. Anyway, I leave on vacation with the knowledge that automation never changed me from the same Office Assistant in the same Office despite the progress inflicted upon me.
The only advice, to the young aspirants I can offer, is to deter from Grog, Girls and Gambling or you will end up Incompetent, Impotent and Insolvent - Adios Amigos - I'm flying out of the cuckoo's nest. #
Many people came and went through the less than majestic entry doors of the DMR in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. And of those people, a fair proportion left their mark on our lives, one way or another. Head Office had more than its goodly share of characters. The greater majority enriched our lives, or they did this young bloke, who walked into the ground floor foyer in February, 1965 for his interview. - My story is continued on a new page.
There are countless stories to relate about the DMR; the people, the work, the building. Many appeared in the Recreation Club magazine, THE HIGHWAYMAN and you'll find some of these available via PDF files below. Relatives looking for information on family members who worked for the DMR are welcome to email me or snail mail via PO Box 781, Katoomba NSW 2780.
From the late 1960s onwards, I often carried a camera so you'll find a spread of photos here over time. Photos (or negatives and slides) and stories are welcome from you, naturally. If you don't have the facilities to scan or copy these I can do so and return the originals to you. Damaged photos can also be restored.
You'll find some sample photos here. Higher resolution files are available as .jpeg attachments to ex-staff members who can identify those within the photos. More than 500 photos have been digitized and are available.
ALL donations of photos and ephemera are welcome. I've also received offers of The Highwayman and Main Roads magazines. However, due to their weight, it's not feasible to post copies.
You'll see a list of simplified QUICK LINKS to the right. If you have any questions regarding employees who left the DMR after 1985, please email me or snail mail via PO Box 781, Katoomba NSW 2780. Please include your name in the email subject line of emails. I can't help you with anyone who left prior to 1985; use the RMS contact page.
Please note that I CAN'T help with RMS ROADWORKS QUERIES; sorry!
DMR Oldies FACEBOOK GROUP
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
Q. From where did the DMR logo/symbol above originate?
Q. Is there a published history of the DMR?
Q. Any other sources for information?
Q. Was there an inspection of the DMR HO site prior to
Q. Can you give a timeline of the formation of the DMR?
FONDLY REMEMBERED RESTAURANTS
DIETHNES GREEK RESTAURANT, Pitt St. What happened to my mate Nick Saivanidis, who later opened the Kakavia Greek Restaurant at 458 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, with chef Chris Michael? Update: I heard from Nick's son in 2009. Join Diethnes on their FACEBOOK page.
MEXICO CITY RESTAURANT, George St. in the Anthony Hordern's Building, and later Liverpool St. Brilliant food and sangria!
MANDARIN CLUB, basement smorgasbord was the place to eat in the 1970s.
HIGHWAYMAN EXTRACTS (fixed)
DMR ARTIFACTSVoucher Examining, section 'Examiner of the Year' plaque, saved during the ACE Pitt Street move.
City of Sydney RSL Club on George Street, in 1978 with Joe Pithers leaning on the wall, with Tom Moore, watching Warren (Syko) Sykes receiving an award from a mystery girl. Can anyone put a name to her? Colin Hayes far right, Billy Boyd, R.I.P., centre stage as always.
|OTHER USEFUL LINKS
PLEASE let me know of any faulty links! Hopefully all updated to RMS, 2013.
* DMR ARTEFACTS in private hands, see on this page.
* DMR Film Library, Auburn [Lidcombe] Some are available on Youtube.
* DMR Granville, info with Granville Historical Society
* DMR MAIN ROADS journal. Now available on DVD or as a
download. You can order online at the NSW Government Online Bookshop.
Alternatively, phone the Transport
Library on (02) 8849 2913 or email
* DMR OLD & BOLD PHOTO ARCHIVE 122 b/w DMR photos collected by Joan Fairbairn now online! Click on the thumbnails; each has a reference number. If you can identify people, quote that number and email me.
* From the skies aerial photos of Sydney, 1943, 10 x A1 posters OR CD. You can order online at the NSW Government Online Bookshop. Alternatively, phone the Transport Library on (02) 8849 2913 or email email@example.com .
NEWELL Highway – Named after a pioneer road man.
* RMS THEMATIC HISTORY online history (.pdf format)
* RMS HERITAGE & CONSERVATION REGISTER Preserved DMR items
* RMS Oral History Program on the RMS web site, re the DMR. RTA switch 131782
* RTA FAQ (abbreviated).
* Shutterfly DMR site, set up for future use in case these pages disappear.
* Voucher Examining HO inmate list 1969 to 1989
* Anthony Hordern and Sons Ltd, Brickfield Hill - page on my site
* Paul's Aussie Expressway site.
1980 Old'n'Bold Re-union
The annual re-union plaque found by a retired employee in a garbage skip during the move out of 309.
What's the name of the pub on the corner of Elizabeth and Hay Streets? This was taken there in 1978.
Extracts from THE HIGHWAYMAN
COSTS, PAYFEBRUARY, 1971
ACE, GARAGE, WAGES
AUDIT, CORRESP, BELLAMBI, RECORDS1978
RECORDS, ARCHIVES, LONG TERM STORAGE
Hosted by CB&M, Blue Mountains, NSW.