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Parramatta Road, Annandale

Exploring (2011-) | 73 Parramatta Road (2010) |Auto Electrician Nelson Street Corner | Annandale Bridge | History of the Road | Footpath (2013)

Automotive Electrics at the Corner of Nelson Street and Parramatta Road

Man in blue overalls standing behind counterOn Sunday afternoon, 18 September 2011, a woman pulled up at the lights, wound down her window and called out: "Excuse me Miss your left brake light isn't working". Arriving back in Annandale, I investigated further and located the blown 12v 21w globe.

Recalling an auto electrics store at the corner of Nelson Street and Parramatta Road (21 Parramatta Road)- I finally had an excuse to check it out.

On entering Reg Williamson Auto electrical Sales & Service, I was greeted with an automatic sound that informed the proprietor that a customer had arrived. A few seconds late, Reg Williamson emerged. I waved my blown globe at him and he opened a box and presented me with the replacement.

I explained how an excuse for the visit, had been much anticipated and enquired how long had the business been around. Reg said the business was established in 1921 by Malcolm Rea, from whom he bought it in 1966.


  1. 1930s roadside store with man in uniform walking past, petrol pump and carMalcolm T. Rea, No. 10 automotive electrical specialist (premises taken over by Ministry of Munitions for War production), [10 Parramatta Road Petersham], viewed 19 September 2011
  2. AutoElectricals Store on Side of roadREA. December 28, 1927, at her residence,Maroomba, Cardigan street, Stanmore, Elizabeth, widow of the late William Taylor Rea, and mother of Mrs. J. McFarLand and Malcolm T. Rea. Privately cremated December 28, 1027 - 1927 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 31 December, p. 12, viewed 19 September, 2011,
  3. AutoElectricals Store on Side of roadPhone: L2626
    Private: Hunter 431.
    1st Floor 50 Parramatta Road Petersham
    Specialising in Generators, Magnetos and Self-Starters. For a Guaranteed Repair - The Motor Trade Directory of Australia 1930 Ref. AU0017-1930, viewed 19 September 2011

Other Auto Service Centres in Annandale

Auto Service Centre on Side of road

Harold Park Motors, 233A Johnston Street Annandale 20 September 2011

narrow driveway with sign adjoining green cottage Auto Service Centre 58"Albion Automotive Repairs [58 Albion St] is a family owned and run business. The boss and owner Joseph Ferla has well over 30 years experience in the automotive trade and in all types of motor vehicles. Joseph and his staff have been serving their customers to the best of their abilities for the past ten years..."- (viewed 20 Sep 2011)

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Self Guided Illustrated Historical Walks

Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s...more.

1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple Federation Annandale A Short Walk Marghanita da Cruz Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers 1920s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of 1920s Flats 1930s Annandale: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of an Art Deco Pub 1940s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of street with aircraft being towed. 50s Annandale A Short Walk,  Marghanita da Cruz Last updated 17 November 2011.