I am glad I was able to provoke discussion, even if off topic. Yes these signals had the homes removed from the top of the post.
Here is the caption from the photo I posted:
The station at Middle Footscray with its Up and Down side platforms formed an
obstacle to construction of the separate Goods lines, and on 12th July 1927
a new island platform was opened on the west side of Victoria Street.
Viewed from the edge of the underpass that replaced the level crossing with its
hand operated gates, we see the austere new arrangement, all raw brick and concrete,
with state-of-the-art chain link fencing. Signal post 12C on the left has lost
two of the arms it previously carried, and only the West Footscray Down Distant signal,
with a red arm and light, is left. Temporary post 12B on the Up side has lost the
arm that protected Victoria Street gates, though a solitary Distant signal for
Footscray “D” box at Nicholson Street will remain in use for a few more months.
To the right of the picture can be seen the cleared area in readiness for the new Goods lines.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE
The Goods Lines referred to above are the dual gauge lines which run 'Down' to Tottenham and in the 'Up', under Footscray.
Back on topic, I do not have access to a new photo, so I will throw it open.