The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society was formed by the amalgamation of Concord Heritage Society and Drummoyne & District Historical Society.

Use this link to view more information on the history of the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society

  • 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
Map of City of Canada Bay suburbs

Before the iPad and iPhone! Before CD and DVD players! Before gaming consoles and TV! Just how did people have fun in the early 20th century?

You might think life would have been so boring. It certainly wasn’t!

People made their own entertainment, making do with whatever was on hand.

During the early 20th century we could find many ways to enjoy ourselves. Dances were held regularly by churches, schools and community groups, where the whole family – from the youngest to the oldest – could enjoy an evening out. Card evenings, at home or in a local hall, were another great social event.

The 1910-1920s were a boom time for theatres in Australia, where we could be whisked away to exciting foreign places for a couple of hours of romance, horror and adventure.

But most of our entertainment was within our own homes. For music many homes had a piano or small reed organ and many happy hours could be spent around these singing the latest songs. If there was no talent for playing a musical instrument there was always the wind-up gramophone and your collection of 78rpm records where you could enjoy singers from all over the world, as well are our own homegrown entertainers, singing their latest songs. Children, and adults too, could sing along and dance around to these tunes. Children would also make their own musical instruments from scraps of cardboard, boxes and other bits and pieces around the house and then form their own musical bands.

Every home would have a collection of board games where all the family could sit around the table after dinner and play their favourites – Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Scrabble, Monopoly. Card games were popular, from the simple, such as “Old Maid” or “Grab”, to the more adult variety of “Crib”, “Euchre” or “Bridge”.

With the coming of the wireless (radio) in the 1920s there was even more to enjoy: serials such as “Search for the Golden Boomerang”, “Dad & Dave”, “Blue Hills”, and “ Mrs ‘Obbs”. There was something for everyone. There were quiz shows, variety shows, talent shows, plays and, always, The News.

In other words, we of an earlier generation had everything that the children of today have – it was just in a slightly different form. We had our outside entertainment, our card and board games, our music and radio. The younger generation has all this, too – but it’s all on their iPad or smart phone.

Please come and visit our museum and see for yourself.

Visit our Current Display Photo Gallery

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.

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These tours are usually held on the last Sunday in April, July and October.

Tours for 2018:

  • Yaralla, 29th April
  • Rivendell – 29th July
  • Yaralla – 28th October.

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.

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

The Australian Theatre to 1910

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Christmas Get-Together

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It Happened in Concord

Fox Shot – Concord Raid A fox was shot at Concord this morning. It had a weather-worn collar around its neck and apparently had once
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Rivendell Loss

On the evening of 21st March, 2017, one of the oldest and tallest trees at Rivendell was struck by lightning – much to the fright
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Australia’s Emu War

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November Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that our November speaker will be talking about the former Tullochs Ironworks at Rhodes.  David Jehan, who is a descendant of Robert
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December Guest Speaker

There will be NO guest speaker in December.   Instead we will have our annual Christmas Get-Together at the Museum at 2:00 pm on Saturday, 2nd
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Holy Trinity Church, Concord West

Memorial gates erected by parishioners and friends commemorate philanthropist Dame Eadith Walker. Dame Eadith Campbell Walker (1861-1937), philanthropist, was born on 18 September 1861 at
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September Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that Rob Shipton will  be the speaker at our museum on Saturday, 7th October at 1:30 for 2:00 pm sharp.  His subject: 
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Museum Without a Home

In November 1827 Governor Darling received a letter from Lord Bathurst, Secretary of state for the Colonies, authorising the expenditure £200 a year on founding
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Who are we?

We recently received a donation of this set of framed photographs of several boats which carried the inscription:  Presented to P. Edwards, Esq., by the
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