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The monument commemorates the extension of the Sydney tram service to Ryde. The monument is now located to the west of the City of Ryde Council building, in a small pocket of landscaped open space south of the Council carpark, fronting Blaxland Road. 

Hatton`s Flat was the terminus of the Ryde Line of the Sydney Tramway System opened in June 1908. After many years of campaigning for the service by the people and the Council of Ryde. When work finally began on the extension of the line from Drummoyne to Ryde in December, 1908 a sod-turning ceremony was held and this monument was erected as an ornamental street lamp to commemorate the occasion. The monument was erected at the intersection of Church Street and Blaxland Road, Ryde but was later moved, minus the lamp, to a road island in Devlin Street at Hatton`s Flat. Later again, during the construction of the Ryde Civic Centre in 1962-3, was relocated to the bus terminus at Ryde but now sits outside the Civic Centre in Devlin Street. 

One of the greatest assemblages in the history of Ryde marked the turning of the first sod of the extension of the metropolitan tramway service from Drummoyne to Hatton's Flat by Mr. Lee, Minister for Works, yesterday. The town was gaily decorated with bunting, and the arrangements for the celebrations carried out by the Mayor, Alderman D. M. Anderson, and a representative committee, were as effective as could be desired. The Minister turned the first sod of the tramway with a silver spade presented by the people of Ryde, and then unveiled a fine street lamp at the intersection of Church and Parkes streets, erected to permanently commemorate the day. 
Sunday Times (Sydney),13 December 1908.

Location

Address:Blaxland Road, Back of Civic Centre, Ryde, 2112
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.812448
Long: 151.104549
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Link:http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th December, 1908
Front Inscription

( Plaque 1)  
MUNICIPALITY OF RYDE
ERECTED TO COMMEMORATE
THE EXTENSION OF THE
SYDNEY TRAM SERVICE TO RYDE
    UNVEILED BY
THE HON. C.A. LEE L.L.A.
MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 1908
D.M. ANDERSON MAYOR

Back Inscription

COUNCIL OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF RYDE 1908
ALDERMAN D.M. ANDERSON, J.P.MAYOR
J. REDSHAW, J.P.
S.A. BENSON
R.T. SUTTON J.P.
T. COX J.P.
A.W.DARVALL
H.W. BERNARD
J. KELLY
W. KIRKE-WHITE
J. PARRY  TOWN CLERK
DEC 12TH 1908

Source: HNSW, MA
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