Thursday, 28 February 2013

Maybanke Anderson Dulwich Hill's Own Suffragette

Image: Sydney Community Foundation

Maybanke Aged Care on the Corner of Frazer Street & Wardell Road was named after one of Sydney's most interesting and important reformers and feminists, Maybanke Susannah Anderson (1845-1927).

Born in Surrey, England, she arrived in Sydney in January 1855. On 3 September 1867, Maybanke married Edmund Kay Wolstenholme, a timber merchant from West Maitland; by 1871 they were living at Balmain and he later became an accountant. Late in the 1870s the Wolstenholmes moved to the Dulwich Hill and by 1882 had built a large new home, Maybanke, in spacious grounds.
Known as Booth House 1939. Image: Marrickville Image Library

Deserted by her unemployed husband in December 1884, she began to advertise a school the next year. Over the next decade she built up a considerable reputation for Maybanke College through its modern teaching methods, the success of its pupils, especially in university examinations, and through her own public activities. In 1892 she divorced Wolstenholme for desertion, under Sir Alfred Stephen's Divorce Amendment and Extension Act.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Marrickville Image Library

Marrickville Library Services have been busy adding images to their Local Services online database.

The Collection features images of people, places, events, industry and landscapes held in the Marrickville Library Services Local Studies collection.

Click here to take a look.

An example of the collection is this picture of Chevy Chase taken around 1922. It shows just how magnificent a place this was.

 You can read more about its fall from glory in this blog post.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Street Names: Dibble Avenue

Dibble Avenue was named in about 1924 after the owner of the Lucas Estate which bordered Beauchamp Road & Riverside Cresent.

Dibble was a prominent name in the area, with William Dibble being a baker & alderman of the Kingston Ward in Newtown (in 1925 he became Mayor). Another baker Ronald Dibble was the father of James Dibble, the late ABC Newsreader.

Builder G. Dibble bought and redeveloped land around Beauchamp Street. The area had previously been Chinese market gardens and the nearby Lucas Estate included a disused brickpit that had been operated by Toyer Brothers from 1886 to 1898.

After the brickpit was closed surface water and seepage from the nearby Cooks River filled the pit creating a large deep pond. The waterhole still exists and is best viewed from the A C Croft playground in Dibble Avenue.

Image Source: Zoomshare

Dibble Avenue brick pit seen at lower right in a 1943 aerial view.                                        
Image Source: Saving Our Trees

Reference: Cashman, R & Meader, C (1990). Marrickville Rural Outpost to Inner City. Petersham: Hale & Iremonger Pty Ltd. 37-38.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Don at Henson Park

Many fans of Donald Bradman are aware of his first class debut knock at Petersham Oval on 27 November, 1926 playing for St George against Petersham, one of the strongest teams in first grade cricket. The 18 year old Bradman broke his bat on 98 but managed to go on to score 110 runs in as many minutes.

What many fans and Marrickville residents aren't aware of is that Don Bradman played at the opening of Henson Park on Saturday 2 September, 1933. The Don was playing his debut game for his new team, North Sydney against Marrickville.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 4 September 1933, page 16

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