Archives for the Year: 2017

Origins of North Strathfield Station

The struggle for a station at North Strathfield was very much a people’s struggle. In the early 1900s there had been a general acknowledgment of the need for a station between Strathfield and Concord West by the NSW Railway Commissioners, but an allege … Continue reading “Origins of North Strathfield Station”

They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To…Thank God!

You hear this argument all the time these days. Everything is made of plastic. It’s never built to last. It breaks when you sneeze on it or drop it once. We all like to think back to the days when things were tougher, better-built, longer-lasting and l … Continue reading “They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To…Thank God!”

Holy Trinity Church, Concord West

Memorial gates erected by parishioners and friends commemorate philanthropist Dame Eadith Walker. Dame Eadith Campbell Walker (1861-1937), philanthropist, was born on 18 September 1861 at The Rocks, Sydney, only child of Scottish parents Thomas Walker, … Continue reading “Holy Trinity Church, Concord West”

Dame Eadith Walker: An Appreciation

The passing of Dame Eadith Walker has left a great blank in the life of the community. From the earliest days of the colony her father was connected with its history and progress, and as he was a benefactor in his day, so she was a benefactress and sup … Continue reading “Dame Eadith Walker: An Appreciation”

September Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that Rob Shipton will  be the speaker at our museum on Saturday, 7th October at 1:30 for 2:00 pm sharp.  His subject:  “History of Clocks”.   These talks are open to everyone.   Admission is free but donations are always welcome.

Museum Without a Home

In November 1827 Governor Darling received a letter from Lord Bathurst, Secretary of state for the Colonies, authorising the expenditure £200 a year on founding and maintaining a museum for “the many rare and curious specimens of Natural history” that … Continue reading “Museum Without a Home”

Who are we?

We recently received a donation of this set of framed photographs of several boats which carried the inscription:  Presented to P. Edwards, Esq., by the boys of the Concord Dinghi Club. We have been unable to find any information of this club or of the … Continue reading “Who are we?”


Sydney is made up of many fascinating suburbs and areas, many of which are such a normal part of Sydneysiders lives that they spare little thought for the history of these areas, let alone for the names they go by.  Today most are simply residential su … Continue reading “Mortlake”

Tulloch’s Phoenix Iron Works Ltd

Following the death of Alfred Llewellyn Bray, the first Mayor of Concord, his home “Braygrove” was purchased by R. Tulloch & Company and in 1915 the Iron Works transferred from its original site at Pyrmont to Rhodes. Braygrove “Braygrove” was incor … Continue reading “Tulloch’s Phoenix Iron Works Ltd”

Higinbotham & Robinson, Map Publishers

The Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney is a series of late-nineteenth-century commercial maps that provides a portrait of the city during a period of rapid growth and suburbanisation. It was created by Higinbotham, Robinson and Harrison, map publishers and … Continue reading “Higinbotham & Robinson, Map Publishers”