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Flashback: Establishment of SPER at the Royal National Park

In the early days of the society, progress on the establishment of the museum at the original Royal National Park site was documented by members who participated in the weekly working bees. One of these members was SPER stalwart Barry Tooker, who filmed a series of events between 1959-1961, highlighting the construction of the original RNP depot among other things. These films were complied into a 16mm reel entitled “SPER History No. 1 – A Tramway in the Making”; intended for presentation at member’s days and other gatherings. Until recently, this reel was stored in the museum’s film archives unseen by the general public. A recent digitisation effort however, has allowed this film to be uploaded to YouTube, providing viewers the chance see the small beginnings of the current Sydney Tramway Museum. This is some of the earliest known footage of the museum to exist and contains some of the following highlights:

Video: Barry Tooker