Carols at Yaralla – 2019

A great start for the Christmas festivities is a visit to the Yaralla Estate, Nullawarra Avenue, Concord West on Friday, 6th December for Carols at Yaralla.  Gates open at 5:00…

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The Way We Were – 1939-1945

The announcement of World War II led to panic amongst motorists worried about the Introduction of petrel rationing. By September 1939, many car owners were stockpiling fuel - one such…

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Frederick Lanchester, a man ahead of his time

Frederick Lanchester, a man ahead of his time
British inventor Frederick William Lanchester in 1933

When Frederick Lanchester, the man who built Britain’s first all-British car, fell on hard times in 1944 he applied to the British government for a special pension on the Civil…

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A Collection of Memories

We all have some possessions, collected through the years; Some bring happy memories, others bring the tears. Not many from our childhood, we didn’t bother then, We were far too…

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What’s in a Name?

Why do we give our houses names? In the past it was a way of connecting with our roots – a way of identifying with an English, Irish or Scottish…

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Fire at Arthur Walker Reserve

Fire at Arthur Walker Reserve
Arnott's Cottages, George Street, North Strathfield

On Saturday, 26h October firefighters were called to a fire at the Arthur Walker Reserve, Concord West, home of the Concord West Cricket Club.  The clubhouse was totally enveloped when…

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Santa Claus: The Many Faces Behind the Beard

Rick Steves’ European Christmas book (a companion book to the public television show), outlines the history and many European variations on Santa Claus. Here’s an excerpt: Our American Santa Claus — a plump,…

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