Saturday, 4 June 2016

John Howard - Dulwich Hill Boy to Prime Minister

John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia (serving 1996-2007) spent his early years living in Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill.
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The Howard family operated a petrol station owned and operated by Mr Howard’s father Lyall and his grandfather Walter in the 1930s to 1955. The building still exists on the corner of Wardell Road and Ewart Street at Dulwich Hill. Mr Howard resided in the residence above the adjoining shop at 269 Wardell Rd.

As a teenager, Mr Howard and his older brothers Wal, Stan and Bob would work at the petrol station on weekends. In the book John Winston Howard: The Biography, Mr Howard recounted fond memories of working with his father.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working in that garage. ­I liked selling things, I liked serving petrol,” he remembered.

The property currently operates as a workshop.

Sydney Morning Herald 14/01/1952, page 1


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