Paddington air raid shelters
The NSW State Government was responsible for providing air raid shelters for the travelling public from the Hunter to the Illawarra. Employers had to provide shelters for their employees and customers while families were meant to build shelters at home. The planning of air raid shelters for the travelling public began in June 1940. This map of the original scheme for Paddington in Sydney dates from August 1941. It shows more than 20 Pillbox shelters (blue circles), along with trench shelters (blue zig zags). Paddington had a high density population along with being the location of major bus and tram routes and the home of Victoria Barracks, an important military institution. However, only seven pillboxes were eventually built. NRS 10658 [10/4817] Paddington, 18/8/1941.