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, 30th April, 2023

10:00am – 1:30pm

Open Days 2023

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

use the Open Day tours tab below to sign
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Upcoming events

June Speaker

Former NSW Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney AO APM, will be our speaker on Saturday, 3rd…

Museum Displays

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At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, Australia…
  • 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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Map of Suburbs City of Canada Bay

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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June Speaker

Former NSW Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney AO APM, will be our speaker on Saturday, 3rd June at 2:00 pm at the City of Canada Bay Museum. He will be talking about his career, both during and post the NSW Police Force. Ken is invariably asked if the answer to crime and anti-social behaviour in the community is more police, harsher…

First Ice in Sydney

The first ice in Sydney arrived in 1839. It had been harvested from North American lakes and carried through the tropics in a heavily insulated sailing ship, the Tartar. The ice trade was conducted by American and Norwegian entrepreneurs. Merchants in Australia, India, the West Indies and elsewhere built ice houses, where this precious commodity…

You Are Invited

The Coronation of King Charles III The artist who painted the invitation for King Charles III’s coronation revealed that he was sworn to secrecy as he made the design. Andrew Jamieson, 61, didn’t even tell his family that he had been chosen to create the artwork for the reported 2,000 guests who would arrive at Westminster Abbey on 6 May….

Things My Mother Taught Me . . .

From Our Collection

Kings & Queens of England Between the years of 1979 and 1981 Franklin Mint issued 43 pewter miniatures, as individual pieces, of all the Kings and Queens of England, from Edward the Confessor to Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s Society of Portrait Sculptors commissioned the miniatures and the artist chosen to create the figures in this…

“Their Name Liveth For Evermore”

Private Leslie Joseph Irving (Service No.338) The names of more than two thousand men and women who served in the Great War are listed on various memorials in Concord, Drummoyne, Five Dock and surrounding districts. Behind each name is a story. This is the story of Private Leslie Joseph Irving, who like so many young…

Monthly Speaker 1st July

Our speaker for July is Bruce Shying, historian, author and raconteur, who will tell us about the Titanic. The sinking of the Titanic is still one of the biggest non-military maritime disasters in history. Though the story of the Titanic is widely known, what is less known is the stories of the real people involved…

The Titanic: Heroes and Villains

On 10th April 1912, the Titanic set off from Southampton on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Already a month behind schedule, the luxurious ocean liner bound for New York was due to complete the crossing in just six days. However, tragedy struck four days into the journey. The sinking of the Titanic is still one of the biggest…

Our Postcard Collection

We’d like to thank one of our special members, Patricio Parague, who has just scanned our large collection of over 700 postcards.  These range from WWI, through Walker/Yaralla, local areas, Christmas cards and much more. Patricio has a great interest in postcards, having been a collector for more than 15 years.  If you’d like to…

Charles William Sutton

First Mayor of Five Dock Mr. Arthur William Sutton, the first Mayor of Five Dock, was born in Manchester in 1839 and arrived in New South Wales in 1842. He may, therefore, be considered as almost a native of the colony. He was the son of the late John Sutton, builder and contractor, who for…

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