Hobart/Cambridge Control Tower c. early 1950s

This Control Tower at Hobart's Cambridge aerodrome was constructed in the early post-war years and was fairly typical of its era. The cab, perched on an open lattice tower, was a little more sophisticated than Towers of wartime design which had simple vertical windows. The outward-canted panes in later Towers are designed to cut down internal reflections.

On the roof of the Tower is the Rotating Aerodrome Beacon, which replaced an earlier beacon on its own tower out of shot to the right. The device on the balcony at far left is an anemometer for measuring wind speed and direction. Click here to see a Runway Selection Diagram which made use of this information.

This photo was taken from the apron, presumably from a crane. The Controller is Maurie Webb. The building at lower left is the Power House which housed generators supplying the aerodrome power. It is said that when it was sometimes necessary to wake up the Aeradio operator, located in a nearby building to the right, the Tower Controller would throw rocks on to the roof of the Aeradio building. Likewise, the Aeradio operator would wake the Tower Controller up by shaking the Tower!


Click here to see inside this Tower

Click here to see earlier photos of Cambridge aerodrome

(Photo: The Mercury/CAHS collection)

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