Broadmeadow was famously known as “Nineways.”

It was, well, still is, the intersection of nine streets. Maybe a world record?

Technically, you’ll find ten streets, looking at a map.

A roundabout handled this complexity without fuss and, as still they do in so many great cities, motorists and pedestrians wove their patient paths around this magic circle.

Then, sadly, and according to the wisdom of an era, someone decided to flatten Newcastle’s very own “Piccadilly Circus” and apply the strictures and mind-numbing monotony of motoring’s great curse (and occasional saviour): traffic lights.

Broadmeadow, thus doomed, remains to this day a mere intersection.

Image ~ NSW State Library

Above: Broadmeadow, NSW, 1953 showing roundabout – yes, with people enjoying the view from the middle .. or maybe road workers surveying their havoc. Top right is the fabulous Century Theatre whose awning fell off in the 1989 earthquake, so the wreckers pounced. In the distance is a Coke & Coal Co’s gasometer, and a skyfull of industrial particulates

The place is still getting cleaned up (2016) and so becomes less interesting, and more like any everywhere else.

Here’s some ambiance from a decade ago.

Note, Broadmeadow’s rail bridge underpass, and Gully Line watercourse bridge, have their own articles here and here.

February 2007
Under the road at the “Gully Line”

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Behind Brown Road, a lane off Moira Road in February 2007

And in May 2016

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From Moira Road

Under the rail overpass near Broadmeadow Station

Lions International, Brown Road, in 2007

 Police Youth Citizen Club in Curley Road, Broadmeadow, in May 2016.

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Lane and 34 Jackson Street in May 2016.