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, 28th April, 2024

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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Map of Suburbs City of Canada Bay

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).

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Grave Markers

A grave marker is how people will remember you long after everyone you know has passed. When done well, it can provide a sense of one’s style in life. The epitaph should be pithy, the shape and style memorable. You could go for the classic granite slab, or opt for something a little more memorable. As…

Mike Munro. (2024, February 24). In Wikipedia.

April Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that our speaker on Saturday, 6th April, 2024 will be Mike Munro. Mike will tell us a little about his life as a journalist and the story of his bushranger ancestors; a story of early Australia and a family secret that changed the identity of his family forever.

Moments in History – March

March 1, 1975: COLOUR TELEVISION officially began in Australia. The ABC launched colour TV with a 5-minute special, AUNTY JACK INTRODUCES COLOUR.March 3 – 1911: PALMERSTON in the Northern Territory was renamed DARWIN in honour of Charles Darwin.March 5 – 1854: ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY was established in Australia.March 8 – 1828: AUSTRALIAN STAMPS…

The Pink Coffee Set

My mother tended to keep messy drawers and cupboards in our family home. The dressing table drawers were chock a block with all sorts of things. The dining room sideboard drawers virtually bulged at the seams. The sideboard had three large drawers which contained a variety of tablecloths, lace doilies, small cases of spoons and…

Growing Old

Another year has passedAnd we’re all a little older.Last summer felt hotterAnd winter seems much colder. There was a time not long agoWhen life was quite a  blast.Now I fully understandAbout “living in the past”. We used to go to weddings,Football games and lunches . . .Now we go to funeral homesAnd after-funeral brunches. We…

Did You Know?

In July 2023, Mattel Films released its first highly anticipated movie, Barbie, with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the stars. It has put the iconic doll back in the spotlight in a big way. But the doll has been around for more than 60 years, so there’s a lot of history — and it’s not all…

Never Bet With Strangers

A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him.  The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome.  They were even after the first few holes when the second guy said, “We’re about evenly matched, how…

CSR Chemicals and Tullochs 1952

Rhodes: Who Knew?

Driving through the Canada Bay suburb of Rhodes, it is easy to conclude that anything related to heritage has long since been over-ridden by factories and apartment blocks, and what remains is a soul-less landscape and an anonymous past. Too often one reads of areas of historical interest being swept away in the haste to…

The Good Old Bad Old Days

The curious history of Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Kings-Bloody-Cross. The 2011 postcode of Sydney’s inner east offers a fascinating history of highlife, low life and, sometimes, very low life. All five precincts are alive with history and surprising stories. Ride the scenic railway over snow-capped mountains of the forgotten White City…

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”) a love ballad (using the words…

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