Just like that, it’s gone…

Did anyone notice there’s something missing along Winbirra Parade Ashwood? A couple of days ago it dawned on me there was one less Telstra payphone.

I recall some years ago there was a consultation on whether the payphone outside 45 Winbirra Parade Ashwood should be removed but wasn’t aware of anything beyond that.

According to Telstra’s Public Consultation Document appearing on their list of Payphone removal proposal notifications (as archived on August 3 2021) there wasn’t a strong business case for keeping it, unsurprisingly.

For the historians in our midst, I’ve collated a number of photos of the payphone taken between 2008 and 2019 courtesy of Google Maps’ Street View, along with one I took on January 7 2021 of the space it used to occupy.