By 1900 only William Bannister, James Gibson and Joseph Willis still operated quarries and by the First World War only James Gibson remained with a 2 acre lease. His son, Joseph, (born 1864, married 1898) was also a quarryman and his great grandson, Cliff, was also connected with the building trade.

With the development of steam mechanization during the First World War, companies removed top soil and placed it along the foreshore but it was washed away in later years.

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Mechanised quarrying at its height

This history is compiled from material supplied by the following: Members of the Earth's Backyard 'work for the dole' scheme, 1997; Sarah Berry, 2000 and 2002; Altona, Laverton and Newport Districts Heritage Study Stage 3: Appendix Ten, Pages 259-60, Graeme Butler and Associates, 2000. If you have any corrections or additional information (including photographs or other documents), we welcome your contribution.

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