Broadmeadow was famously known as “Nineways” – the intersection of nine roads, if that is possible (a world record?). Technically, you’ll find ten streets, looking at a map.
A roundabout handled this complexity without fuss and, as still they do in so many great cities, motorists and pedestrians wove their patient paths around this magic circle.
Then, sadly, and according to the wisdom of an era, someone decided to flatten Newcastle’s very own “Piccadilly Circus” and apply the strictures and mind-numbing monotony of motoring’s great curse (and occasional saviour): traffic lights.
Broadmeadow, thus doomed, remains to this day a mere intersection.
Image courtesy NSW State Library
Above: Broadmeadow, NSW, 1953 showing roundabout – yes, with people enjoying the view from the middle .. or maybe road workers surveying their havoc. Top right is the fabulous Century Theatre whose awning fell off in the 1989 earthquake, so the wreckers pounced. In the distance is a Coke & Coal Co’s gasometer, and a skyfull of industrial particulates
The place is still getting cleaned up (2016) and so becomes less interesting, and more like any everywhere else.
Here’s some ambiance from a decade ago.