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Block boys at St Peters22/4/1935

by Sam Hood
Block boys, or 'sparrow starvers', was the name originally given to young boys employed as street sweepers to keep Sydney's streets clear of dust and manure. These young block boys from 1935 are a different kind of block boy. They are helping to build roads using a method called woodblocking, where tar soaked woodblocks were tightly packed together to form the road surface.