City of Canada Bay Heritage Society

City of Canada Bay Museum

City of Canada Bay Museum

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell) photo

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell)

Walker family at Yaralla photo

Yaralla Estate

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Use of Yaralla grounds

To enquire about the use of the Yaralla grounds for photography or any other use, please contact:

Deborah Jenkins
0423 294 110
Sydney Local Health District

Dame Eadith Walker Estate (Yaralla) Open Day

Sunday, 29th October, 2023

10:00am – 1:30pm

Open Days 2024

Dame Eadith Walker Estate (Yaralla)
Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell)

use the Open Day tours tab below to sign
up and be notified of the dates

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  • To foster interest in and inform the community of the heritage – historically and culturally – of the City of Canada Bay LGA.
  • To promote the preservation, restoration, conservation, maintenance and use of all places, buildings, monuments, etc., of historic, architectural, cultural and environmental significance within the area.
  • To acquire and preserve for the Society, books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, etc., as may be considered to have a bearing on the history of the area.
  • To establish and conduct a social history museum.
  • To foster interchange of information among members of the Society and any other interested people, by talks, readings, discussions, exhibitions of heritage, historical and archival material, and excursions.
  • To affiliate and co-operate with other Societies and Institutions having objects similar to those of this Society
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Open Days are subject to Covid restrictions and may be cancelled.

Tours of the Yaralla Estate (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital) are usually held on the last Sunday in April and October.

Tours of “Rivendell” (The Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital) are usually held on the last Sunday in July.

Link to more information on Open Days at Yaralla and Rivendell

If you would like to add your name to our waiting list to be notified of the next tour of these estates, complete the form (right).

You will be notified approximately two months prior to the date of the tour.

City of Canada Bay Heritage Society Inc.

Our monthly newsletter “Nurungi”, keeps members and others advised of coming speakers or activities as well as news of the society and it contains interesting articles and snippets of historical information that have been added to the web site during the month.

Complete the “Subscribe to Nurungi” form (right) to be added to the mailing list and receive the latest “Nurungi” monthly newsletter sent at the end of each month).

City of Canada Bay Heritage Society Inc.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again The melody of this song is based on traditional Irish folk music. Although it has had many iterations, the tune remains easily recognisable and has endured in popular memory. Over the centuries the lyrics and their intent have changed. It has been a drinking song, (“Johnny Fill the Cup”)…

Our Matchbox Toy Collection

One of our members, Patricio Parrague, recently donated his small collection of Matchbox toys to our museum to add to our collection.  One of Patricio’s hobbies is photography so he offered to photograph the collection and put them on his Flicker Site so that anyone around the world can enjoy them.  As well as the…

Wednesday Arvo at the Flicks

As our contribution to the Seniors’ Festival we will be hosting “an afternoon of nostalgia looking back at times long gone”. City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street, ConcordWednesday, 20th March, 2024 at 2:00 pm sharpa series of short videos showcasing the Building of the Harbour Bridge, Old Sydney Now and Then, building the…

Odeon Theatre, Concord West

Saturday Arvo at the Flicks

In the years of the thirties and forties, going to the Saturday ‘Arvo flicks’ was the most popular event of the week. My brother and I had sixpence each for admission and threepence to spend. Sixpence gave us seat downstairs. Sometimes Dad was generous and we got a shilling each. We then spent ninepence to…

When History Becomes Personal

The story of the murderous Kenniff Gang. What would you do if you learned, late in life, of a dark secret the family had concealed for years – that you were related to murderers and bush rangers and that your family name had been changed to hide this secret?   You’d write a book! If…

From Our Collection

Coin Tester & Sorting Machine This is a brown metal container approximately 300mm high, 300mm wide and 300mm deep. There are two slots at the top, with different widths, which, one could assume, would take the one shilling and two shilling coins. There is another opening at the bottom just above the long tray which,…

Surfing in the 1900s

Ever since the very earliest days of European colonisation in Australia, and likely before, swimming at the beach has been a popular Sydney pastime.  Yet swimming, as we know it today, is a far cry from what those who lived in the 19th century or well into the 20th would have been familiar with. In…

I Grew up in Concord

I was born in 1941 at Carinya Hospital on Concord Road, about a block north of Holy Trinity Church near the then Methodist Church.  The hospital is no longer there but the house still exists.  My parents lived in Mackenzie Street from the time of their marriage in 1938.  The property was originally purchased by…

March Guest Speaker

Third time lucky!! Make a note in your diary to join us at the City of Canada Bay Museum at 2:00 pm on Saturday, 2nd March where Ian Burnett will be speaking about Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages. Admission is FREE.

Have You Been to Lawson?

Map of Australia and Water Features, Wilson Park, Lawson Wilson Park at Lawson is across the road from the Lawson pool.  Within the Park is a large, much-loved concrete map of Australia, a small bridge and associated water features.  The map was constructed in the 1930s at a precise scale of 75 miles to 1…

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