This article, and the concept of inserting images and sounds into our Website, is a ‘work in progress’ at the moment as I play around with some wonderful vision collected in the period 1994 through to about 2004 that was captured on a VHS (video) camera and kindly provided to our Local History Project last year by former Mont Park Nurse, Mr Eric Wrigley (who is featured in one of our ‘People and Profiles’ articles, see here > http://www.montparktospringthorpe.com/eric-wrigley-nurse/).
Thankfully (for our Project and for those interested in the development of the Mont Park and Larundel sites in the early 2000’s) Eric wandered around the area (his former workplace) with his video camera in hand a few times across the aforementioned period, and captured some fantastic (albeit somewhat ‘grainy’:-)) images as he did his best to narrate and identify the locations/buildings and images around the former Mont Park and Larundel sites.
This small extracted clip (see below) of about 55 seconds in length, was taken in 2004 from scaffolding that the land developer of the area had erected prior. Eric went up this scaffolding on Main Drive near the entrance to the Strathallan Golf Course to get the images in the link below.
The clip begins with a westerly view along Main Drive towards where the Larundel Hospital is/was, and then pans south over the early stages of the development of the Springthorpe Housing Estate around to the ‘heritage protected’ former Mont Park Hospital ‘Laundry Workers Block’ that is still there today as an Apartment complex.
The video camera then pans west along Main Drive before capturing the entrance to the Strathallan Golf Club car park (that is also still there).
I hope you enjoy this, if it comes across well we will look to embed more and more of these images into our Local History Website with a relevant backstory where applicable.
Our thanks go to Eric for his insightfulness in capturing these old images and for allowing us to use them in this way.
– Gary Cotchin