Monthly Talks at the Museum

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have not been able to hold our very popular monthly talks since March last year.   Now, with the lifting of many restrictions, they will resume…

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From Our Collection

THIS SAMPLER was embroidered by Maria Darling in 1834.  It demonstrates her skill with embroidering letters and numbers as well as various designs within a border.  The verse reads: What…

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Concord Quarry

A century ago, many houses and public buildings were built with stone foundations. Corner stones (quoins) were used on larger buildings to provide additional support for brick walls as well…

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Shoot Through Like a Bondi Tram

Shoot Through Like a Bondi Tram
Sydney's last tram.

Although not heard as much these days the saying, shoot through like a Bondi tram, was very common in the early 1900s. There was a time when Sydney was one…

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We Need Your Help

While chatting recently about possible displays for our City of Canada Bay Museum, it was mentioned that there are many commemorative coins out there in circulation,  The question was asked…

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The Other Twitisphere

There was an age, not a generation ago, when local news was circulated by suburban and regional newspapers. The lifeblood of such publications were the “classifieds”, commonly referred to as…

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Said Hanrahan

"Said Hanrahan" is a poem written by the Australian bush poet John O'Brien, the pen name of Roman Catholic priest Patrick Joseph Hartigan. The poem's earliest known publication was in July 1919 in The Catholic Press, appearing in 1921…

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I’m a Dinky Die Aussie

I've grown up Aussie style, a sun-kissed Weet Bix kid;I've played street cricket, broken windows then hid.I've choked on a fly and still been a happy little Vegemite;I've smiled even…

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From Our Collection

Pie Birds, the Whimsical Victorian-Era Baking Tool While you’ve likely heard the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” with its “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,” it would…

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Hen & Chicken Bay, Concord

Hen & Chicken Bay, Concord
Aerial image of the bay looking north

Hen and Chicken Bay is a bay on the Parramatta River, in the inner-west of Sydney.  It lies approximately 8 kilometres due west of Sydney’s central business district.  It is…

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The Man on the $2 Coin

The REAL story of the man in your wallet. How many of you have ever looked at the Aboriginal man depicted on our $2 coin and just thought to yourselves,…

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Just for Fun

Make it idiot proof, and someone will make a better idiot.He who laughs last thinks slowest!Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.When there’s a will, I want to be in it.Change…

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From Our Collection

Illuminated Address When Concord postmaster H. G. Kulmar was transferred to Emmaville his fellow citizens presented him with an illumination lauding his faithful service to the community over almost two…

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Sydney’s First Car

By far the biggest change in transport occurred with the arrival of the motor car, though it was slow to make its impact initially as its was only affordable by…

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What is an Illuminated Address

What is an Illuminated Address
Traveler

Despite what people tend to think, an Illuminated Address is not something you switch on and off like a light bulb. These were once important components of a celebration of…

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When I’m an Old Lady

When I’m an Old Lady
Old woman drinks tea in her rocking chair. Cat and granny. Vector illustration

When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with each kidAnd bring so much happiness – just as they did.I want to pay back all the joy they’ve provided,Returning each deed!  …

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2020 Annual General Meeting

Due to Covid-19 restrictions our much delayed AGM was finally held this month.  As you can see it was a much more relaxed and informal meeting – keeping our social…

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Zoeller Memorial Gates, Concord

Zoeller Memorial Gates, Concord
Zoeller Gates - relocated to Concord Oval, Burton Street.

Concord's New Light - Electricity for Gas - Memorial Gates to Mr. Zoeller To celebrate the installation of electric street lighting and the opening of the Zoeller memorial gates at…

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We’re Covid Safe

The City of Canada Bay Museum is now fully Covid compliant. We have registered with the NSW Government and have been allocated our own QR code, which is displayed at…

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Congratulations Lois Michel, OAM

In the 2021 New Year Honour List, our secretary received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division. She was recognised for her more than 50…

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Where Have all the Corner Shops Gone!

Where Have all the Corner Shops Gone!
Warman's Grocery Shop, Cnr. Correys Avenue & Concord Road.

Back in the 50's what were the local shops we most relied upon - and indeed - were all that we needed? The grocer, the green grocer, the butcher, the…

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Useful Items

We remain a society fascinated by gadgetry.  The industrial revolution ensured that our ancestors were similarly attracted to wondrous objects which promised to make life easier, and, at times, more…

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Sydney’s First Harbour Tunnel

The "first" Sydney Harbour tunnel built about a century ago has been largely forgotten. The tunnel, dug under Sydney's harbour at its narrowest point between Greenwich in the north and…

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What’s on at the Museum

On Wednesday 20th January, in conjunction with the Concord Library, we hosted "Storytime at the Museum" for youngsters from the area. Unfortunately, the attendance was not as great as we…

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Yesterday’s Top 25 Predictions . . .

All Absolutely Wrong!!! 25. “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.  It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.”  …

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