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

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell) Open Day

Sunday, 30th July, 2023

10:00am – 1:30pm

Open Days 2023

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

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Upcoming events

October Speaker

Ian Burnett“Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages”City of Canada Bay Museum –…

November Speaker

Richard de Grijs“All Hands to Dance and Skylark”(Captain Cook and…

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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

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

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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.

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Joseph James Gates (1861-1929)

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Moments in History – September

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From Our Collection

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Concord Quarry Explosion Aftermath

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Captain Cook and Health at Sea

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Longbottom Farm

This area has an extensive history well beyond the Longbottom Stockade that was established there. Although there is nothing of Longbottom to be seen there now, the area still holds a lot of Concord and Sydney’s history. “Longbottom” is a traditional English place name derived from the old word “bottom”, once used in the north…

Vale Hazel King

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved member, Hazel King, on 31st August.  She was a dedicated guide on our Open Days at Yaralla and Rivendell and, in 2021, was awarded an OAM for her service to horticulture and to community history. Hazel’s father was employed as the head…

Concord Quarry Explosion

At about 9:30 pm on Saturday, 27th July 1935, there was a loud explosion coming from the vicinity of the Concord Quarry in Ian Parade, opposite Exile Bay. People living nearby immediately contacted the police when they could hear shrieks of distress coming from the area. When Constable Adams, who was on his way to…

George C Cummins (1885-1953)

An Inspired Life Although now largely forgotten, George Cummins lived a remarkable life, inspiring all who knew him by his achievements as much as his generous spirit. He was a leader on the sporting field, an officer in both world wars, an admired teacher and a much-loved family doctor. Born 17 June 1886 on Dumaresque…

Two Journeys with the Putney Punt

In April 2023, unbeknown to us, author Vanessa Berry visited our museum and left this comment on our website. With Vanessa’s permission, we are sharing it with our many subscribers. On display in the City of Canada Bay Museum is a model of the car ferry that crosses the Parramatta River between Mortlake and Putney. Although officially…

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