The Great Depression

The Great Depression
Relief workers given work at Concord. An old military uniform top has come in handtyas working clothe for thelad on the right. Obviously the task for the group was to use the shovel to put something into the empty kerosene tins and deposit it somewhere else. For this they received sustenance and were often known as “Sussos”. (Mitchell Library)

Times were hard, but we survived, just as we will survive the current crisis. By 1931 30% of NSW unionists were unemployed.  By 1933 one in three Australian breadwinners was…

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Museum Updates

With the new Government measures and restrictions in place we have decided that our regular monthly talks will be cancelled until further notice. We know how much you have enjoyed…

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Exiles Who Changed a Nation

Exiles Who Changed a Nation
Historian Tony Moore pictured at the "forgotten" grave of French Canadian exile Joseph Marceau at West Dapto in 2008. Picture: Greg Totman

Strangers in a strange land is a good title for a sci-fi novel. It also accurately reflects how Australia's founding fathers, our First Fleetconvicts, would have felt on being dumped…

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Cabarita Road Houses

Cabarita Road has been variously referred to as Cabarita Park Road or Cabarita Point Road. It has had several spellings including “Cabareta” as well as  “Cabaritta”. By whatever name it…

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Lost Words from our childhood

Murgatroyd!  Do you remember that word?  Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognise the word Murgatroyd?  Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Snagglepuss has gone as well! The other day a not…

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Timely displays at City of Canada Bay Museum

Timely displays at City of Canada Bay Museum
Concord Council's Infectious Disease Register

With all the news about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert it doesn’t take much imagination to compare it with the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. The following article by…

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The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across Australia and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St.…

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In Come the Dollars . . .

In Come the Dollars . . .
Dollar Bill

On Valentine’s Day 1966 Australians woke to a brand-new currency. The decision to change from the Australian pound (with its awkward shillings and pence) to a decimal currency — the…

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Cabarita Park

Cabarita Park
Cabarita Park 1923 (Canada Bay Connections)

At the time of European settlement the Canada Bay area was part of the traditional lands of the Wangal clan of Aboriginal people. The Wangal were a clan of the…

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Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park

Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park
Federation Building, Centennial Park

About the Pavilion As many who come to the Parklands may know, the Federation Pavilion sits on one of the most important historical locations in Australia - the birthplace of…

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The Enfield Tramline

The Enfield Tramline
Cabarita Terminus 1907

The Enfield system was a separate group of lines based around a depot in Enfield, in Sydney's inner south-west. The system began as a steam tramway opening in 1891 between Ashfield station and…

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February Guest Speaker

February Guest Speaker
Lawson and Paterson

Just a reminder that our February speaker, Tim Hunter, will be speaking about two of our greatest poets, A.B. "Banjo" Paterson and Henry Lawson. Both of these poets have a…

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Gertrude Frances Moberly, RCC

Gertrude Frances Moberly, RCC
Gertrude Frances Moberly

Gertrude Moberly was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on New Year’s Day 1880 and grew up in Walcha, NSW, where her father was rector. She moved to Sydney in 1894 where…

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Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry

Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry
Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry

The image above is a stunning snapshot of a piece of Sydney history that many are not familiar with. Today, we are all familiar with the Harbour Bridge, and take…

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Federation Pavilion

Federation Pavilion
Federation Pavilion Postcard

An ornate pavilion was erected in Centennial Park for the swearing in of the first Governor General of Australia, Lord Hopetoun, the first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, and the first…

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The Bulletin Debate

This debate was a famous dispute in The Bulletin magazine from 1892–93 between two of Australia’s most iconic writers and poets: Henry Lawson and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson. At the time, The Bulletin was a popular and influential publication,…

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One People, One Destiny

By 1891, with the six colonies at loggerheads and the Victorian and New South Wales economies in freefall, Australia’s great federation movement ground to a halt.  The cause took another…

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