This first pair of semi-detached cottages was built by Thomas Walker in 1885 on Concord Road, at the western edge of the Walker estate. This was probably at the behest of his daughter Eadith.

The original pair were designed by John Sulman. The name “Yaralla Cottages” and the date appear above one of these. They were also known as the “Penny-a-Week Houses”.

Thomas Walker obviously imbued his daughter with a belief in the responsibilities that accompanied privilege. These Yaralla Cottages were constructed to serve as a home for her governesses and aged female servants upon their retirement

Another two pairs, again designed by John Sulman, were added to the site in 1889 and three more cottages were later added in Waratah Street in 1959.

During her lifetime Eadith Walker maintained the Yaralla Cottages and gave an allowance to each occupant.

Yaralla Cottages
Yaralla Cottages

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City of Canada Bay Heritage Society

PO Box 152,
Concord NSW 2137
02 9744-8528

City of Canada Bay Museum

1 Bent Street,
Concord NSW 2137
02 9743-3034 (during museum hours)

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To enquire about the use of the Yaralla grounds for photography or any other use, use this link to the Sydney Local Health District Yaralla Estate website.