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, 28th July, 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

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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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August Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that our Guest Speaker on Saturday, 3rd August is Rose Ellis, who will be providing a glimpse into the life of Bee Miles, a truly larger-than-life character. This event is FREE but if you would care to leave a donation to help us continue our work it would be appreciated. You can…

The Good Old Days of Rock & Roll

Several rock historians have claimed that rock and roll was one of the first music genres to define an age group.  It gave teenagers a sense of belonging, even when they were alone.  Rock and roll is often identified with the emergence of teen culture among the first baby boomer generation, who had greater relative…

Another Book From Our Library

I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY: The Diaries of Dorothea MackellarEdited by Jyoti BrunsdonNt. Ryde, Angus & Robertson, 1990 The wonderful poem, “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar, written in 1904, is known and loved by many Australians. The quandary is, why does almost everyone only know the 2nd verse of a 6-stanza poem, the starting line…

Anyone for Tennis?

By the time I was 21, I was learning ballroom dancing, doing medal exams and training for competition dancing. My partner got hit with a hockey stick in the leg and ended up losing half of his leg. I was too distressed to continue and also gave ballroom dancing away. However, I was playing tennis…

From Our Collection

The Begging Boy This is a garden statue of a boy wearing clothes reminiscent of Oliver Twist who appears to be begging for something. There is no inscription on the object, but it was probably mounted on a plinth that could have contained some information. This object only came to light when we finally moved…

Bee Miles: A truly larger-than-life character

My grandmother and mother spoke about Bee Miles, a name known to everybody in that era, with many people remembering seeing her on the streets in the inner city.  For almost half a century, beginning in the 1920’s, Bee was celebrated and known as the best-known Sydney character.  Ellis describes Bee as “Australia’s famous bohemian…

The Joseph Marceau Legacy in Quebec, Canada

Our friend Deke Richards, who made the documentary on the Canadian Patriotes, the French and English-speaking rebels who were sent in exile to Australia aboard the Buffalo in 1840—the 91 English-speaking Canadians were sent to Tasmania while 58 French-speaking Canadians came to Concord, NSW—recently contacted us regarding a special event held in Quebec. The Patriot…

My 21st Birthday

Ever since I turned three and through my teens, I have had a myriad of social engagements. All of them were truly wonderful, from teen dances to weddings, the family New Year’s Eve parties, christenings etc. If I had a party of my own to feel strongly about, it would have been my 21st birthday…

From Our Library

Louisa Lawson: Henry Lawson’s crusading mother This book, written by Lorna Ollif, tells the story of Louisa Lawson (nee Albury). who was born in 1848, near Mudgee. In 1866 she met and married Peter Larsen, a Norwegian seaman – she was only 18, while Peter was 14 years her senior. Peter was a gold prospector…

Coming Ready or Not

Japanese Midget Submarines enter Sydney Harbour. The boom safety net protection across Sydney Harbour was designed in January of 1942 and its construction began that month.  It was located at the narrowest point of the inner harbour entrance, between George’s Head on Middle Harbour, and Green Point on Inner South Head.  This protective net was…

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