May Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that David Sansome will be our speaker on Saturday, 6th May at 2:00 pm to tell us about “World War II – the Canada Bay Connection”.     For more information see “Guest Speakers”.  These talks are open to anyone who would like to attend. … Continue reading “May Guest Speaker”

Cockatoo Island – a prison in the harbour

Cockatoo Island was largely undisturbed until 1839 when Governer Gipps chose it for the site of a new penal establishment to alleviate overcrowding on Norfolk Island. Convicts were put to work initially quarrying stone for various projects around the c … Continue reading “Cockatoo Island – a prison in the harbour”

Victor Stafford Horder

Victor Horder was the youngest solder from Concord to enlist in the First World War at 15 years of age.  He went on to serve in the Second World War.  On 28 March 1917 he enlisted in the Army under the name of William Arthur Coleman and gave his age as … Continue reading “Victor Stafford Horder”

Concord – WWI Connection

By 1916 three hundred men from Concord had enlisted, eleven had died, twenty-one wounded and five invalided home. They went to Gallipoli, France, the deserts of Egypt and North Africa. The Council supported the national war effort to the full. Those le … Continue reading “Concord – WWI Connection”

“Wymston”, Blackwall Point Road, Chiswick

A prominent Sydney physician, Dr George Fortescue, bought an estate on the Parramatta River in 1851. He named the area “Chiswick” after the village on the Thames River and his home “Wymston” after the Fortescue family estate in Devonshire. Blackwall Po … Continue reading ““Wymston”, Blackwall Point Road, Chiswick”

The Bicycle Goes to War

CYCLISTS! YOUR KING & COUNTRY NEED YOU! New cyclists battalions to be raised at once.   Who will ride in the ranks of the famous Essex regiment?   Unique opportunities for keen, fit wheelmen How and where to join… Most of us have more than one hobb … Continue reading “The Bicycle Goes to War”

Free Beer

The question of what becomes of beer confiscated by the police in raids upon sly grog shops was raised at Burwood Court yesterday. Mr. Williams S.M., said that he thought that the police sold the liquor. Sergeant Saunders said that the present practice … Continue reading “Free Beer”

The House of Denison

At the first mention of the word “Denison” we immediately think of Fort Denison. I am sure that the builders of our complex had a former governor in mind when naming the building. William Denison, KBC William Thomas Denison was born in London on May 3, … Continue reading “The House of Denison”