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Preston and Gowerville Park


Were you one of tens of thousands that strutted their stuff in the Preston District Junior Football Association?

Click the image above for an on-going discussion on the history of this remarkable organisation which at one stage had claims to being the largest junior sporting competition in Australia.

And please Feedback your memories!

The handful of pages here are updates from "Preston and Gowerville Park - A Home Away From Home", a history of the park originally known by that name - in more recent times simply as Preston City Oval or just "Cramer Street" - produced in February, 2014 on behalf of the Preston Cricket Club.

(In fact, calling our home-away-from-home "Cramer Street"in the 1930s would have caused some confusion - today's H. P. Zwar Park extended to the street prior to construction of what was originally the Preston Girl's Technical School and was known as the Cramer Street Park).

The pages below are a few snippets from the book. most of which are "add-ons" as additional information becomes available or what is already there triggers additional memories from a reader.

The two unsolved mysteries are the year (circa 1987-1881) that the Council opted for right-angle parking in Mary Street side with a subsequent loss of about 12 feet of the embankment, and secondly, because of the close connection of the cricket club (and to a lesser extent football club) to Crispe Park, the year in which Council acquired this reserve and developed it for recreational purposes

You can download the full update : Preston and Gowerville Park : update