Saturday, November 3, 2012

Victoria Park gets another mention

Nice potted history of "Victoria Park". I haven't seen mention before of a motor racing connection, but the rest rings true.

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The name, Victoria Park, was taken from the racecourse, used for both horse and motor racing, that existed on the site for the first half of the 20th century. In 1950 it was bought by Sir William Morris, the 1st Viscount of Nuffield, to assemble Morris Minor and Morris Oxford cars. By the time Leyland Australia took control of the site in 1970 it was the biggest car plant in the southern hemisphere and operated as such for just five years longer before closing down.

Before redevelopment the large warehouses on the site had been used by the federal government as a naval stores depot.

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