John Cade, AO

John Cade, AO
John Cade, AO

Dr John Cade was educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne, graduating with honours in Medicine in 1934. The son of a physician who worked as a superintendant…

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Parramatta River

Parramatta River
Sydney Rowing Club

The River as a Rowing Course Between 1830 and 1880, rowing was the most popular sport in Sydney.  This popularity probably had a lot to do with the success that…

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The Mortlake Gas Men

The Mortlake Gas Men
Gas Workers' Union Banner

The Gas Employees Union was one the earliest associations of organised industrial labour in Australia. The New South Wales branch, which was established in the wake of the NSW Trades…

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Can You Help?

One of our members, John Byrnes, who is also a member of the newly formed Strathfield Homebush Historical Society, would like to hear from anyone interested in researching any aspect…

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Care and Compassion

Care and Compassion
Dame Eadith Walker

During WWI approximately 160,000 Australians had been wounded, some of them permanently incapacitated.  They would need to be restored to health and those unable to resume their former occupations needed…

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From Our Collection

From Our Collection
Sampler 1834 Maria Darling

This sampler is one of the oldest pieces in our collection.  It was worked by Maria Darling in 1834.  Unfortunately, we don’t know who the young lady was or how…

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Prince Alfred Park

Prince Alfred Park
Cleveland House

Bounded by Chalmers Street, Cleveland Street and Central Railway, Surry Hills, Prince Alfred Park played a major part in Sydney’s early history. Prior to the arrival of Europeans this area…

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In Defence of Little Museums

In Defence of Little Museums
City of Canada Bay Museum

Mostly there’s no blockbuster exhibitions, gift shops or touch screens, and no dinosaur skeletons or Egyptian mummies either.  Yes, small volunteer-run museums can seem like a world away from their…

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The Ryde Bridges

The Ryde Bridges
Meadowbank Rail Bridge and the Vehicular Ferry

Fourteen miles up the harbour from the ocean entrance at Sydney stand two bridges that are the access route over the Parramatta River from Concord to Ryde.  One, a railway…

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Cricket in Australia

Cricket in Australia
Hyde Park

The sport of cricket is regarded as synonymous with Australia, and Australian cricket teams, past and present, have a strong reputation internationally. Although Australia does not have an official game,…

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Concord Post Offices

Concord Post Offices
Concord's First Post Office

Longbottom (later Concord) Post Office was introduced in 1851, the first suburban post office. This was operated by a Mr. Peter McGrath in his shop on Parramatta Road, opposite Concord…

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Yaralla’s Royal Encounter

Yaralla’s Royal Encounter
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted Yaralla residents on their recent royal tour

Yaralla House residents were invited by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to a meet and greet with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Sydney Opera House…

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“Bluebirds”

“Bluebirds”
Bluebirds en-route to France aboard HMAT Kanowa, July 1916

The horror of modern war was brought home to people in Australia as reports of appalling casualties and horrendous conditions on the Western Front filled newspapers. The German assault on…

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They Also Served

Sister Ida Jeanette Moreton was one of twenty trained nurses from New South Wales who volunteered to serve in French hospitals and medical centres during the Great War. Affectionately known…

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The House of the Future

The House of the Future
Sir John Sulman

At the Australasian Science Congress held in Hobart in January 1902, John Sulman, an English architect living in Sydney, read a paper entitled “A Twentieth Century House with suggestions on…

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The Red King

The Red King
Edward VIII 2d stamp

How Australia's Rarest Stamp Escaped an Inferno. On 29 September 1936, William Vanneck, the right honourable Lord Huntingfield and governor of Victoria, paid a ceremonial visit to the Commonwealth Stamp…

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Strange but True

Burial service for parrot One of the strangest graves in the ancient Western Road cemetery at Parramatta (NSW) is that of a parrot.  For twenty years the bird entertained travelers…

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The Menin Gate Lions

The Menin Gate Lions
The Menin Gate

The iconic Menin Gate lions, past which thousands of Australian and other allied forces marched on their way to the Western Front battlefields, have been returned to Australia from Belgium…

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The Magic Pudding

One hundred years ago Norman Lindsay wrote the classic Australian children’s book “The Magic Pudding”.  The artist himself called the book a “little bundle of piffle” and wrote it only…

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Did you know . . .

COMPUTERS:   The personal computer is 70 years old this year, although the original machine bears little resemblance to those of today.  On June 21, 1948, Manchester University scientists switched on…

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In Memorandum

Why do some Honour Rolls in Australia use the American spelling of “Honor”? Honour rolls were first used in America circa 1905. Communities erected them to remember those who fought…

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Concord’s Memorial Avenue

Concord’s Memorial Avenue
Concord Road 1918, showing recently planted trees

Concord Memorial Avenue - Officially Opened Yesterday (so reads the article in the Sun of 4th August 1918) “I hope every municipality in NSW will follow Concord’s example in honouring…

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Dairies in the West

Dairies in the West
Smith's Dairy Farm

From the Archives Advertisements are often the best indicators of contemporary society for while they are meant to sell goods and services, they are framed with the intention of appealing…

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The New Station Committee

The New Station Committee
Postcard celebrating the opening of the North Strathfield Railway Station

One hundred years ago, on 9th June, the North Strathfield railway station was officially opened. “For many years – how many cannot be definitely stated – the residents of that…

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A Pleasant Way to Pass Time

A Pleasant Way to Pass Time
Board games were fun for all

Without television, and before the days of wireless, family games were high on the list of favourite pastimes. Classics such as draughts, ludo, chess, snakes and ladders, checkers, dominoes and…

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