Monday, 31 December 2012

New Years Day in Marrickville LGA

Happy New Year! May this be a fantastic one for you and your loved ones.

New Years Day 1949 was an important day for the Marrickville Council.

1 January 1949 saw the amalgamation of St Peters and Petersham councils with Marrickville Council. 

Petersham Council were against the move, arguing, as they had to a proposed voluntary amalgamation in 1933, that a reduction in service provision and a loss of identity for ‘historic’ Petersham would result. Nonetheless, brought about by the Local Government (Areas) Act, 1948, it was part of a larger change in Sydney’s local government that saw the expansion of City of Sydney Council and the reduction of Councils in the County of Cumberland from 67 to 39. 

The move to form larger councils was seen to produce better efficiency for Councils, resulting in appropriate use and allocation of ratepayers’ money.  To mark the amalgamation, and retain the memory of St Peters and Petersham councils, new Mayoral chains were created bearing the emblems of all three councils. Until 1974 Marrickville Council met at the Petersham Town Hall, Crystal Street.
Gilbert Barry was appointed as first mayor for the newly amalgamated council.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Thursday 16 December 1948, page 11

REFERENCE (including photo): Marrickville Council Website

Monday, 24 December 2012

Tornado Hits Marrickville

I decided to see if I could find any more about the “World’s Largest Xmas Cake” in my previous post, with little success.

I did however find out a tornado hit the area outside the Enmore Theatre the day before the cake was due to be served!

Our own mini version of Cyclone Tracey hit the suburbs around Marrickville on Friday 23 December, 1938 at 2.30pm.

The majority of the £200,000 damage reported at the time was in a one mile square area bounded by Wemyss Street, Addison Road, Stanmore Road and Victoria Road. At least 140 homes and factories were either unroofed or smashed down by the wind which was estimated to have exceeded 100 miles an hour. The papers reported the area looked as “if the area had been bombed. Sheets of iron were wrapped around telegraph poles like sheets of paper”.

The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 28 December 1938, page 7

Many people were trapped or knocked down by flying missiles. 18 persons were injured, one young boy, Noel Russell, 9 of Marrickville was struck in the head and critically suffered a depressed skull. Over 100 families had to leave their homes as they were deemed unsafe.

Local residents described the tornado descending on the area “with a roar ... like a thunderbolt”.

In Enmore Road, Newtown, the premises of Labour Funerals, Mrs Howard’s library and Mr Merrick’s hairdressing saloon were battered to pieces. Two motor hearses worth about £1000 were buried under bricks, iron, and timber.

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 24 December 1938, p 7

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Marrickville Heritage Society wishes all of it's  members and readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas.

Updates to the calendar and more posts will appear after the Christmas break.

To Yule Tide you over until then, I would like to share this photograph from 1938 taken outside the Enmore Theatre.

Image Source: State Library of NSW

Perhaps  you were one of the lucky children to receive a piece of the "Worlds Largest Xmas Cake"? We'd love to hear from you if you were!

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For those with a love for trivia the Sydney Morning Herald of the day showed Enmore Hoyts to be playing "Life Begins with Love" and "Paid to Dance" as the movies of the day. Though, I'd have to question if either of those were suitable for childrens' matinee movies including free cake!

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