March Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that our guest speaker on Saturday, 4th March will be one of our local friendly firefighters speaking about “Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors”. However, the information is relevant to people of all ages so feel free to join us. Pleas … Continue reading “March Guest Speaker”

History of Homebush Bay

When Europeans arrived in 1788 Homebush Bay consisted of extensive tidal wetlands and thick bush. The area was first known as ‘The Flats’, and was recorded by Captain John Hunter within ten days of the arrival of the First Fleet. Although reports of th … Continue reading “History of Homebush Bay”

19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature

Before he 19th century, most women just wore nothing beneath their chemises.  The no knickers thing was not as scandalous as you might think, dresses were long and worn with many layers of petticoats and underskirts that varied with fashions but also p … Continue reading “19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature”

Harry’s Shed to the Rescue

A big thank you to the Concord Men’s Shed (Harry’s Shed), particularly John McIntosh, for the great work on restoring this wonderful tricyle from a time long ago. Our New Old Tricycle This was given to us some time ago but in very bad condition, parts … Continue reading “Harry’s Shed to the Rescue”

The Humble Apron

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is The principal use of Grandmas’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons required less material. But, along with … Continue reading “The Humble Apron”

Three Reasons to Visit Our Museum

No.1: With more high temperatures on the horizon, our building is AIR CONDITIONED. Just pop in to escape the heat for a while. No.2: A recent article in The Daily Telegraph give food for thought. No.3: And most important. To learn more about the area w … Continue reading “Three Reasons to Visit Our Museum”

Crossing the Parramatta River (part 2)

As previously explained, the Bailey and Cashman families took over the crossing service from about 1832 or soon after – both families competed for customers, each having a boat ready at any time. Old timers tell us that when a boat was required on the … Continue reading “Crossing the Parramatta River (part 2)”