City of Canada Bay Heritage Society

City of Canada Bay Museum

City of Canada Bay Museum

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell) photo

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell)

Walker family at Yaralla photo

Yaralla Estate

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Use of Yaralla grounds

To enquire about the use of the Yaralla grounds for photography or any other use, please contact:

Deborah Jenkins
0423 294 110
Sydney Local Health District

Dame Eadith Walker Estate (Yaralla) Open Day

Sunday, 28th April, 2024

10:00am – 1:30pm

Open Days 2024

Dame Eadith Walker Estate (Yaralla)
Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell)

use the Open Day tours tab below to sign
up and be notified of the dates

Upcoming events

Museum Displays

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  • To foster interest in and inform the community of the heritage – historically and culturally – of the City of Canada Bay LGA.
  • To promote the preservation, restoration, conservation, maintenance and use of all places, buildings, monuments, etc., of historic, architectural, cultural and environmental significance within the area.
  • To acquire and preserve for the Society, books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, etc., as may be considered to have a bearing on the history of the area.
  • To establish and conduct a social history museum.
  • To foster interchange of information among members of the Society and any other interested people, by talks, readings, discussions, exhibitions of heritage, historical and archival material, and excursions.
  • To affiliate and co-operate with other Societies and Institutions having objects similar to those of this Society
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Open Days are subject to Covid restrictions and may be cancelled.

Tours of the Yaralla Estate (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital) are usually held on the last Sunday in April and October.

Tours of “Rivendell” (The Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital) are usually held on the last Sunday in July.

Link to more information on Open Days at Yaralla and Rivendell

If you would like to add your name to our waiting list to be notified of the next tour of these estates, complete the form (right).

You will be notified approximately two months prior to the date of the tour.

City of Canada Bay Heritage Society Inc.

Our monthly newsletter “Nurungi”, keeps members and others advised of coming speakers or activities as well as news of the society and it contains interesting articles and snippets of historical information that have been added to the web site during the month.

Complete the “Subscribe to Nurungi” form (right) to be added to the mailing list and receive the latest “Nurungi” monthly newsletter sent at the end of each month).

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Grave Markers

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Growing Old

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In July 2023, Mattel Films released its first highly anticipated movie, Barbie, with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the stars. It has put the iconic doll back in the spotlight in a big way. But the doll has been around for more than 60 years, so there’s a lot of history — and it’s not all…

Never Bet With Strangers

A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him.  The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome.  They were even after the first few holes when the second guy said, “We’re about evenly matched, how…

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