Watsons Ink

Watsons Ink

Following last month’s articles on Farleigh Nettheim, Peter Bryant has sent another snippet of Concord History. One thing that I didn’t mention before is that the small factory producing Watsons Ink occupied the top of Finch Avenue on the corner with Burwood Road.  Charlie Watson was a well-known figure from my boyhood days in Concord….

“…On the Sunny Side of the Street”

“…On the Sunny Side of the Street”

The subdivision of land for housing at the end of the nineteenth century fundamentally changed Concord and its surrounding districts, transforming what was essentially a rural district of orchards, small farms and market gardens into an expanding patchwork of industrial and commercial development with its attendant population growth. As houses, factories and businesses increasingly encroached…

The Hordern Tree

The Hordern Tree

The Hordern business was originally established by a free immigrant from England, Anthony Hordern, in 1823, as a drapery shop. A further large menswear store was later opened in upper George Street.  It went on to become Anthony Hordern & Sons with a famous department store in Sydney. One of its advertising slogans was that…

Hazel King, OAM

Hazel King, OAM

Our member and dedicated guide for the Walker Open Days, Hazel King, was recently awarded an OAM for her service to horticulture and to community history. Over 90 years ago her father came to Australia from England, where he had worked as head gardener on a large estate.  He obtained employment, as head gardener, on…