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Berger & Sons Paint Works, Rhodes, Sydney, 2nd August 1937

Berger & Sons Paint Works, Rhodes, Sydney, 2nd August 1937.

Operating since 1916, Berger was (and still is) a popular local brand (who can forget "keeps on keeping on"). In 1923 Berger Paints contributed 22,7125 litres of paint to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to protect the bridge steelwork, so they're an important part of Sydney's history.

Rhodes had been part of Sydney's industrial heartland since the 1900s when it was purchased for chemical manufacturing by CSR in 1930. The following 60 years saw Allied Feeds, Berger Paints and Union Carbide operate major industrial plants in the area. As a result, the 20 hectare Rhodes Peninsula became heavily contaminated with some of the most toxic man-made chemicals on the planet, including Agent Orange.

The area was developed into Rhodes Waterside by Walker Corpand is now the home to thousands of properties, commercial premises', and a shopping centre.

The side-by-side comparisonphoto shows the broader Rhodes area in 1930 (top) and 1972 (bottom).

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