Monday, 10 November 2014

RAAF Memorial Dulwich Hill

Image Source: Australian War Memorial
I had saved the above picture from the Australian War Memorial page a while ago but forgot about it until Marrickville Council posted the same picture via their Facebook page today.

The photo captures the memorial plaque and floral tributes in the backyard of the family home of RAAF Flight Sergeant Jack Wormald, No. 466 Squadron, c. 1944–1947. (38 Terrace Road, Dulwich Hill.)  Inscribed on the plaque were the words ‘A tribute to the memory of our beloved son Flight Sergeant Jack Dudley Wormald RAAF and his crew lost over Berlin Feb 15th 1944, aged 21 years. God gave thy brave soul wings. My Son. My Son’. The dog had belonged to Jack Wormald. 

Jack Wormald and the crew of Halifax HX293 went missing on 15 February 1944 on an operation to Berlin, but they actually crashed and died in Holland, where the remains of all seven of them were buried by Dutch people in the Protestant Churchyard at Grootegast (Opende). Before the Commonwealth War Graves Commission erected their standard headstones over the graves, the inhabitants of Grootegast build a memorial to the crew, and in 1951 it was visited by the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr Alfred Sterling. At a ceremony the Ambassador laid a wreath of red tulips on the graves, as did the Burgomaster of Grootegast. It is clear that the parents of Jack Wormald were in touch with the people of Grootegast, because affixed to the memorial to this day is a small plaque in the shape of Australia, on which are these words: ‘Mr and Mrs Wormald, 32 Terrace Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, wish to thank the people of Opende for the loving care of this monument erected to the memory of our beloved son Jack (pilot) and his crew’.

Jack Dudley Wormald (Centre Front) and his flight crew.
The last two images came from a website that no longer exists, but can be viewed using the  Way Back Machine website []

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Two Views of The Warren

While little photographic evidence exists about the Warren at Marrickville, these are two lovely engravings that show how lovely this building was.

Thomas Holt's home appears as a backdrop to children's games and fun in this plate from March 1870. Jump rope and a lively game of cricket can be seen as some of the past times enjoyed by the children of the Victorian era.

By 1886 the Warren Estate had been purchased  by the Carmalite Nuns as a convent. At this time a more somber scene was engraved of the nuns heading to prayer.

Both images, and some other lovely old pictures of Marrickville can be found on the Dictionary of Sydney's webpage.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Heritage Lost: Marrickville Incinerator

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954),
Friday 26 July 1912, page 11
The Marrickville Destructor was built in 1921. Located at the Marrickville Council Depot in It was a local land mark, standing 43.5 metres tall. The Destructor was economical to run, costing in today's currency about fifty cents for every ton of rubbish burnt.
Image Source: Kogarah City Council
It was located in Cecilia Street, Marrickville and only took Marrickville Council waste.
Staff were banned from taking waste for personal use, however you can see in the following picture a small kitten which they were able to rescue before it had been placed into the furnace.  The kitten survived a long time and was looked after by one of the workers who named him Indestructible or "Des" for short.
Image Source: Marrickville Council

If you check the SIX Maps, you will find a great puff of smoke showing it's location on the 1943 Aerial photographs database.

The Destructor was phased out in 1948 and later demolished. Marrickville Council then sent all of its waste to land fill.

REFERENCE: Marrickville Council

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Petersham Race Track

During the Dulwich Hill Fair, we were asked about the location of the local horse racing track. As promised, here is some information ....

This lovely picture is held by the Library of NSW entitled Race Meeting at Petersham (c. 1845)

The race meeting depicted here was held at the private racecourse of Thomas Shaw, licensee of the Woolpack Inn (now the Bald Faced Stag Hotel) on Parramatta Road at Leichhardt. The racecourse was situated on land leased by Shaw immediately opposite the hotel and extending back to the present railway line. Horseraces were regularly held on this course throughout the 1840s and subscribers, including well-known Sydney sportsmen, paid from 2s 6d to 1 guinea (21 shillings) to attend.

The view of the course is from the grandstand situated in Railway Street. Race entries were taken at Mr Oatley's Sportsman's Inn in the city five days before the meeting with advertisements stating: 'all the riders to appear in Jockey Costume'. This was in line with regulations introduced by the Australian Jockey Club, established in 1842. The jockeys are shown riding upright in the saddle, with long stirrups and reins, a practice that was continued until the late nineteenth century.

Reference: NSW Government Shop Online

Monday, 8 September 2014

James Start Harrison

We love comments from our readers, especially ones that point out an error. We try our best to bring you correct information, but research being what it is is not always perfect.

Recently Paul Cooper let us know the name of the resident who Harrison Street & Woodbury Street  was named after was incorrect. From the following article we can guess Mr Cooper is a relative, and somewhat more of an expert than this writer. So thank you for helping us.

After a quick search for the correct name, I was able to come across some more information about James Start Harrison. With such credentials it is a fitting tribute to have his name honoured in our streets.

Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW:
 1870 - 1907), Saturday 15 March 1902, page 26

In the News - Dulwich Hill Boy Scouts Hall Addition

Marrickville Council recently posted this picture to their facebook page.  It shows the opening of the extension to the Dulwich Hill Boy Scouts Hall in 1924.  Through Trove I was able to find an interesting recount of the events of the day that connect to this wonderful photograph.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 16 June 1924, page 10

Saturday, 30 August 2014


The cost of membership to MHS has not changed for at least 5 years!

Members receive a monthly newsletter which keeps you up to date with local heritage matters and news of upcoming talks, outings and events organised by the Society. Members also receive a complimentary copy of our journal Heritage as well as our other publications.

How to join Marrickville Heritage Society

Send a cheque or money order made out to 'Marrickville Heritage Society' with your name(s), address, phone number(s) and e-mail address, and send to MHS, P O Box 415, Marrickville, NSW 1475

Individual or joint concession $20
Household or organisation $28
Concession $12

Apart from new members, fees are renewable on the 1st June each year. For more details about membership contact Diane on 9588 4930

History Lost: The Warren

As a follow up on our post about the use of The Warren as a training camp during World War I ... we should include it as a post in our History Lost series....
Image Source: Marrickville Library Services
Thomas Holt (1811–1888) was a Sydney business tycoon who built a castellated Victorian Gothic mansion named ‘The Warren’ in 1857 in Marrickville South. It was designed by architect George Mansfield, and contained an impressive art gallery filled with paintings and sculptures from Europe. It had elaborate stables built into imposing stone walls, and large landscaped gardens filled with urns overlooking the Cooks River. Holt gave it that name because he bred rabbits on the estate for hunting, as well as the grounds being stocked with alpacas and other exotics. The Warren was a landmark in the district for some decades; the still-operating Warren View Hotel in Enmore as evidence of this.

As Holt’s health began to be an issue, the Warren was subdivided in 1884 with the land around the immediate building’s grounds being sold off – and the family returning to Britain for the remaining years of his life. He passed away in 1888. The Warren became a nunnery when the mansion and 12 acres (5 ha) of land were purchased by a French order of Carmelite nuns. The Carmelites were evicted from The Warren in 1903 for outstanding debts. By this stage the grounds appear to be bare with a high wood fence installed on the western side of the building about this time. It then was used during WWI for an artillery training range and this fenced area also appears in photos along with smaller buildings on the grounds nearby. It was resumed in 1919 by the New South Wales government was finally demolished in around 1922 – the land subdivided to build a housing estate for returned soldiers.


Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930),
Sunday 28 September 1919, page 4

Prehistoric History: Dugong Remains at Alexandria Canal

Alexandra Canal was named after Princess Alexandra, who married Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1863. The suburb of Alexandria is also named after Princess Alexandra.

Alexandra Canal was once a salt marsh known as Shea's Creek. Excavation began in 1887 to transform the marshland into a canal capable of carrying barges to transport goods from the nearby brickworks, woollen mills, tanneries and foudries.

During the excavation of Shea's Creek in 1896, the remains of a dugong were found in the estuarine clay. Examination by the then curator of the Australian Museum Robert Etheridge, revealed the animal had been butchered by a blunt-edged cutting or chopping instrument. Two stone hatchet heads were found nearby.

The artifacts provide evidence of the Indigenous Australians who lived in the area prior to European settlement.

Image Source: Newcastle Cultural Collection

The following is an extract from one of the National Archaeology Week posters displayed by AMBS in Search & Discover, Level 2 at the Australian Museum in 2013.

Archaeology and the Australian Museum
Since the colonial settlement of Sydney layers of buildings have been constructed over historic (since 1788) and Aboriginal archaeological sites. These have to be assessed and excavated prior to any building proposal, as part of the urban planning and environmental assessment process.
Modern planning laws protecting archaeological sites in NSW were introduced in the 1970s. Before this, Australian Museum scientists were often called out on an ad hoc basis to investigate sites that were going to be impacted by a development. One of these early excavations took place at Shea's Creek.

Nineteenth century salvage excavations at Shea's Creek

During construction in the late 1880s of a navigational canal floodplain to connect Botany Bay with Alexandria along the Shea's Creek, a large marine mammal skeleton was uncovered in silty deposits below the low water mark. It was located over one kilometre from the Cooks River, the closest source of deep water.

Such was the importance of this discovery that Robert Etheridge, the director of the Australian Museum, T. W. Edgworth David, geology professor at the University of Sydney, and J.W. Grimshaw were called to investigate the archaeological site at Shea's Creek. The large skeleton was found to be that of a Dugong (Dugong dugon), a large marine mammal which inhabits the tropical and subtropical waters of northern Australia, but is not known to commonly inhabit the colder waters adjacent to the current NSW coast.

New insights
Recently, the Dugong bones from this site were radiocarbon dated and found to be about 6,000 years old. The presence of the bones suggests that water temperatures in the Sydney region were once warmer. Another intriguing aspect to this site is the presence of cut marks on the bones of the Dugong skeleton. Stone axe heads were found in the archaeological deposits, above and below the Dugong skeleton, suggesting that Aboriginal people inhabited the area of Shea's Creek at this time and butchered the Dugong for food.

Friday, 15 August 2014

100 Years Ago - The Elevated Suburb of Marrickville

The Newsletter: An Australian Paper for Australian People (Saturday 15 August, 1914, page 4) spelt out in vivid details what we already know about the Marrickville district. It is just an amazing place to live!

 Marrickville is a joy and a boon to life!

Perhaps our retail shops have changed, but for all of us that love Marrickville, we know just how amazing our varied shops are. Just try to find a park in Marrickville Road, and you will know that the place is still a place where "sunlight is never dimmed!"

The text is a little hard to read, so the article is included in full text here:

The City Lives in its Suburbs.

A complete revolution has taken place in the old City of Sydney. During the last fifteen years by reason of its mercantile growth; and it may be said that Sydney now lives in its suburbs. This change has been so immense, it may be seen the great -metropolis now consists of a net work of suburban cities, where residential and business life is almost wholly independent of the ordinary daily doings of the old city itself. North, East, West and South there are now magnificent suburban areas, or real cities; and certainly all this marvellous creation has been signally helped by the elevated and roomy features of the surrounding country, with which Sydney is endowed. Mechanical science, too, has played a big part in this wonderful suburban growth, as the electric train system has hugely facilitated transit, benefiting not only the people's business but also their health, and producing prosperity and happiness. Conspicuous in all this magic change stands the beautiful expansive and elevated suburb of Marrickville. Nature has been bounteous in her gifts to this popular area of the metropolis of Sydney. It is really an elevated plateau, and very fortunately its expansive endowments have not been ignored, but rather strikingly improved by the representative men who have taken a hand in the business social and public affairs of Marrickville. A genuine big public spirit has manifested itself in all the doings of Marrickville, and its consequent record is that though it is about the youngest of Sydney suburban areas, it is in the front rank easily in business activity and social and residential importance. Certainly all this, as we have already hinted, has been hugely helped by the lovely elevated situation of Marrickville ; but still the energetic work and good judgment of its representative' men and women in improving and not blur ring these natural ad vantages mutt be estimated and justly recognised. A visitor has only to alight from the tram in the main centre to feel

at once that he is in a new and throbbing world of business and social life. No earthly trace of hovels or cramped and crowded streets or lanes is to be found. Everything is open and cheering, and prosperity shows itself all around. The wide streets, where sun light is never dimmed, impart to the shops a completely improved appearance to the general run of city shops. Everywhere the build ings are new in life and new in design. They are all brilliantly lit up by sunlight, and seldom in deed in the interior of any one of them is there a necessity for the electric light in the daytime. This itself is strikingly impressive, and means an immensity to every kind of business. It looks here at Marrickville as if old Sydney had taken to the fields with its pure air and sun light in which to develop its future in business and social life. Still more remarkable, however, is what the visitor sees at Marrickville when he leaves the avenues of business and finds himself in the residential areas. Here is comfort; here is pure healthful social life... If we may use the term, 500 per cent, is the improvement here to be found as compared to the residential conditions of old Sydney and its immediate door stop environs. In this respect Marrickville is truly a suburban garden city. It has thousands of handsome cottage homes with roomy well-lit surroundings, and hundreds of beautiful large residences sleeping in bowers of flowers and foliage. Hence a promenade anywhere about' Marrickville is a joy and a boon to life, particularly for the juvenile element, whose condition of health marks the change from oppressive city life and its frequent undesirable immoral surroundings.

And this thing is most noticeable. The leading people have taken precious good care that nothing would be out of harmony; for whether it be the shops or the churches, the schools or the banks, the public buildings or the semi public institutions, the brand of excellence is everywhere observable. Everything is a cut above what is generally seen elsewhere, a vigorous clear big purpose of life being manifest on every baud. To do justice to Marrickville and her people, and to help point the way for other suburbs to follow, we propose to devote some space in these columns to details of the doings in this free and prosperous model suburban city.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Happy 150th Birthday Marrickville Public School

Marrickville Public School turned 150 on August 13, 2014.

A look back in time can be found online in the form of the Centenary celebration booklet put out by the school in 1964.

A very intesting book has been published for the 150 Anniversary and can be purchased at MHS' book stall at the upcoming Dulwich Hill & Marrickville festival or at the end of meetings at Herb Greedy Hall.

Marrickville Public School will have their own stall at the Dulwich Hill Fair, so be sure to stop by and talk t them .. after you've been to see us!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

On This Day 100 Years Ago - World War I

Great Britain entered into the European War 100 years ago today. If the Mother Country was at war, then it was unspoken that Australia would join the conflict that has been declared "the war to end all wars", The Great War, and of course World War I.

Over the next year it is hoped that we can show you many of the different ways Marrickville supported the war effort.

Many soldiers made their way to train at the "Warren" artillery camps.  One soldier,  C.S.M. Clarke, made this entry in his diary on the day before he departed the Warren.

Wednesday 17th Nov. 1915
Passed a very wretched day, Caused through the thoughts of losing my Dear Relations & friends.  After, a very trying time, in which I had to say good bye to all who are most Dear to me, I ran into trouble at the "Camp" where the fellows, most of them intoxicated were fighting among themselves. However, barring a few sore heads they were none the worse for it. I have to make this a very Black Day, as I have felt what sorrow is, & I will carry the look of Dear Nina’s face with me all through the War.
3 am. Reveille for the March to the Boat. "H.M.S Persic" Poor old Mum bore up well but felt the strain, also Oss , & Edna. We are all naturally looking forward to see the ship which is to carry us Away, On! On! to what? Glory or death

Another entry, 14 & 15th January, 1916 also mentions the Warren.

To-day I had the great pleasure of meeting a few of the old Warren Boys who arrived early this morning having left Sydney on the 4th Dec 15. They told me a lot of news, also that there had been rioting at The Warren, & several arrests made. I saw Reggie White & had quite a long chat with him. I also heard that uncalled rumours lies had been spread about the City to the effect that The Persic was quarantined with Small Pox etc, & that she had been Sunk.

Some absolutely fabulous photos can be found as part of Gosford Library's digital images collection. You can find the collection here but here are a few of my favourite from the collection.

 Some 400 photos of WWI soldiers are held by the Powerhouse Museum.  Unfortunately not a lot is known about the photographs including where they were taken, and which studio the portraits came from.  Here are some examples of the portrait shots. If you have anything to contribute about the studio or photographs, I'm certain the Powerhouse would love to hear from you.

In his discussion of the photograph collection, Geoff Barker draws comparison to the photographs and of those taken at the Warren. With some knowledge about uniforms and army equipment, he has connected the men with battalions that would have been at the Warren.  I am very curious to what his follow up research is. I think surely if this is Marrickville then some of these homes in the background must still be in the area.

Cadden and Andrews Marrickville Fashion House

World War I had been recently declared, and the social chit chat pages were a great distraction for the readers.

The Newsletter was a broadsheet newspaper published in Sydney every Saturday. It carried the sub-title an up to date social, dramatic, sporting, political and general newspaper for the people. (Wikipedia)

On 15 August 1914 the "Social Chat" of the day began with a review of Cadden and Andrews' Drapers of Marrickville.
Image: Courtesy of Marrickville Library
Site of drapers is in top middle of picture.

One of the most attractive fashion houses for ladies is Cadden and Andrews', Marrickville. It equals the best in Sydney for millinery, laces, gloves, flowers and mounts, blouses and gowns. Just now the very latest French model hats have been opened and are proving a great attraction. The millinery department is under the management of Miss Fletcher, late of Kay's in the Strand, and is thus brought right up to date.

Sands Directory 1910-1919 shows Cadden and Andrews' at the corner of Petersham Road and Illawarra Road, Marrickville. Many will have recollections of a haberdashery store being on this site. Today it houses the Cornersmith Cafe.

An advert for the store was published in the Farmer & Settler paper in June 1914. (Prior to WWI the newspaper had been published twice a week, but shortly after the war began they became a daily publication in order to report on the war).


During early 1915 there were many adverts for salespersons to work in their store. Yet in The Freeman's Journal advertised 11 November 1915:

The big dissolution sale of Messrs. Cadden and Andrews, general drapers, Marrickville and Campsie, commences to-day (Thursday), when customers will have an excellent opportunity of securing some fine bargains.

 What happened to this business? Could it have been a victim of war or had the partners fought a battle against each other?  A riddle to solve for another time.  Perhaps I'll ponder it when I'm sipping coffee at the Cornersmith Cafe!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Heritage 14 launched on 17 June at The Henson, Marrickville

The launch of a Marrickville Heritage Society journal is always a landmark occasion and on Tuesday 17 June about 50 members and friends gathered at The Henson to meet with some of the authors and those who produced it. The Henson was chosen as the venue both as one of the journal advertisers, and, in its refurbished state, as a local venue worth supporting. The Society’s commitment to its members was demonstrated by the fact that it catered for the event and continues to provide each membership of the Society with a complimentary copy of the journal. Other members should receive their copy with the July newsletter. Extra copies are $10 each.

Journal editor Richard Blair reflected on how the aims of this journal are no different from the aims of the Society’s first journal in 1984, Heritage 1, namely ‘to create a much greater community awareness, both within and outside Marrickville, of the rich cultural heritage of this area’. Richard thanked his collaborator Lorraine Beach for her outstanding layout and design; Hillary Goldsmith for her assiduous proofreading over several drafts; Pamela Stewart for facilitating most of the advertising, which together with sponsorship covered the production costs of the journal; and all advertisers and sponsors.

Authors present spoke briefly: Sue Castrique, on the Addison Road army camp; Julie Bishop, who with her husband Noel wrote of their Camperdown house history; Kate Dunbar, who recalled her tough Newtown and Marrickville childhood; and archivist David Roberts, who wrote about Newington College’s 150 years. Lorraine thanked the printers (who attended) and Richard for bringing the journal so seamlessly together.

(Taken from July 2014 Newsletter - Editor Richard Blair)
Julie Bishop
Kate Dunbar
David Roberts

Heritage in Danger - 6 Livingstone Road, Peterhsam

The above photograph Sawtooth Roof by Deborah Kent was highly commended in the Marrickville Council's Urban Photography Competition (part of the Marrickville Medal awards).

But this building is under threat. Council are now looking at whether it should be included on the heritage register, or if it should be knocked down to make way for a parking lot.

At their July 1st Meeting, Marrickville Council tabled item IP0714 Item 9

Council split 6 – 6 last to reject an expert heritage report that the building had significant heritage value.  A rescission motion was lodged and the issue will be revisited by Council on 4 August.

The unique building has heritage significance in its physical heritage, but also cultural heritage. The full records of this can be found on the IP0714 link.

The land was part of one of the earliest land grants in the area. It was granted to Neil Mckellar in 1794 by Governor Grose. McKellar became secretary and aide-de-camp to Governor King after having been a Lieutenant in the NSW Corps.

Horden House are selling the original grant
documents for $12 500 if anyone is interested!

 The land changed hands a few times, including ownership by William Charles Wentworth and butcher James Gould Senior who operated a butchers shop on the corner until 1915 when the Commonwealth Bank building was erected.

James Gould Junior served on Marrickville Council as an Alderman for 18 years and was Marrickville's Mayor in 1897, 1898 and 1905. He was a founder of the Marrickville Cottage Hospital.

James Gould Jnr developed the land as part of his business as a produce merchant. Historical evidence indicates the current storage buidling at 6 Livingstone Road was developed in two stages after 1886.

Around 1925 Beynon & Haywood began operating a furniture removal and storage business on the site.

Do you agree with this building being lost to a carpark? Are there no other options or places this could be done?

Here is your chance to voice your opinion by contacting council or attending the meeting.

Let's hope this does not become another "Heritage Lost" article.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

New Winged Victory

This post has come via Marrickville Council's Facebook account. I am not certain as yet if the mini sculpture is what the replica will look like. Am waiting for council confirmation.

Marrickville, we’re getting a new Winged Victory!

Meridian, Australia's premier fine art foundry, will oversee the design and manufacture of our new Winged Victory sculpture that be installed on the original plinth in front of Marrickville Town Hall in time for the Gallipoli centenary next year.

The original Winged Victory - a much loved Marrickville icon was commissioned by Council and created by Marrickville sculptor Gilbert Doble in 1919 and is the largest known bronze casting memorial in Australia, standing at over four metres tall. She is now set to become the focal point of the new World War I Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. They will implement a conservation strategy to ensure Winged Victory’s restoration and ongoing care.

The interpretation will be cast to the same dimensions and will be in a similar form and spirit.

Council is also upgrading Marrickville Town Hall forecourt and plinth in time for the installation of the new Winged Victory.

Will you come to love this Winged Victory as much as the original?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

We reported last year about the sad loss of the Holy Trinity Parish Hall. Though many may not know that the church was almost lost 87 years before. A boot factory in Yule Street caught alight which caused scorching to the wall of the Holy Trinity Church school hall. Had it caught alight it is quite probable that the church would have gone too.  Both the church and school hall have now been demolished.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 5 July 1926, page 12

Google Map Images

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Happy 100th Birthday Marrickville Fire Station!

Today the Marrickville Fire Station celebrated its centenary of service.

They had vintage fire engines on display (but sadly my camera battery died and by the time I recharged they'd gone!)

Marrickville Fire Station is significant as a finely crafted and relatively intact example of the Federation Free Classical style. Designed by the architects Spain and Cosh in 1914, it is one of the last stations built to the established Meddle and Coffee Pot (horse and steam) fire station layout.

The Australian Heritage Database describes it:
Designed by Spain and Cosh for use by horse drawn vehicles the fire station is an imposing three storey, asymmetrical, red brick building with sandstone keystones and contrasting brick arches to the ground floor openings and rendered detailing to the upper floors. The building is broken fronted and divided into three bays, two eastern projecting fire appliance bays, with original timber doors and three paned frosted glazing and a western bay containing a Diocletion window at ground floor level and an oriel window over. The second floor has sash windows, with moulded rendered sills and lintels. The building has an original hipped slate roof with overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and tall rendered chimneys with terracotta chimney pots. The westernmost bay is surmounted by a gabled decorated parapet containing the words, Fire Station. A fire whip pole, for draining and drying fire hoses, is located in the northern yard.
 Interior: (1988) The ground floor interior is relatively intact including tiling up to 3.6m in the appliance bay, with plain white tiles topped with white edging tiles. Pressed metal ceilings exist throughout the ground floor except in the stables which have now been converted into a mess room all joinery is original. The first floor (not seen) is divided into four separate flats, one of which is a hospitality unit for country firemen and families attending Sydney for medical treatment.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Another Cricketer! - Doug Walters

While looking through some pictures on the State Library website, I came across this picture of Doug Walters.

Image Source: State Library

The State Library has captioned it as:
Cricketer Doug Walters arrives to start his National Service at the Army Depot, Marrickville

In his biography "One of a Kind: The Doug Walters Story" Doug relates a story about signing up for National Service:

Found via Google Books

His book refers to his initial recruitment at Kapooka near Wagga and then followed up service at Holdsworthy. He did not see active duty in Vietnam, and sadly his book makes no mention of his time at Marrickville!

But, we have another green baggy hat to add to our cricketing legends hall of fame!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Many locals know about the cast iron post box in Marrickville Road (near Lilyview Street).

Image Source: Wikipedia
 However there are at least 2 others in the district. One used to be in Canterbury Road near the Petersham shops, but it seems to have disappeared somewhere in the last 2 years.

One was removed outside Newtown Station during the revamp, and I am happy to report it has recently been reinstated.

Another is still to be seen at 398 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

These mailboxes were cast in iron and the red colour and the pattern on the top were symbolic of waratahs. The top also has a stylised waratah leaf pattern.

The Marrickville Road box is heritage listed and the database makes reference to the New Canterbury Road box (which doesn't seem to exist) and makes no mention of the Illawarra Road box.

I'd love to hear from anyone with more information about these boxes, or if you know if any others in the local area. Please leave a comment below with any information you have. I believe there is also one in Earlwood near the library and also one on the "other side of the road" at the Crn of Johnstone & Parramatta Road Annandale.

Marrickville Medal

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded, by Marrickville Council, annually since 1995. It celebrates for recent outstanding architectural conservation work that contribute to the understanding and preservation of Marrickville's rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The award was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales, and coincides with the state-wide National Trust Heritage Festival held in April-May every year.

The three-person judging panel comprises: an owner/designer of the winning property from the previous year, a member of the Marrickville Heritage Society, and a conservation architect.

Last year's winner was awarded to a property at 3 Collins Street, Tempe. You can read more about it on our blog. CLICK HERE

All members of the public are invited to attend the awards ceremony at Marrickville Town Hall.  Details are as follows:

  • Location: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
  • Date and time: Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6pm – 8pm
  • Bookings: Please call 9335 2222 to RSVP or for more information.
This year's guest speaker is Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Assistant Director, Creative Services for Sydney Living Museums.

The Special Achievement Award and the Marrickville Urban Photography Competition prizes will also be presented, alongside the exhibition of finalists.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Tempe House Open Weekend

Marrickville Heritage Society will once again be having a room at Tempe House for it's open weekend.

Come learn a little about the history of the Green Line trams that ran to suburbs including Marrickville, Petersham, Canterbury, Tempe & Dulwich Hill.

Publications, commemorative pens & walking maps  will be for sale, along with a display of other heritage information.

The day will also include heritage talks and guided tours from honorary historian for Tempe House (and MHS member), Ross Berry and St George Historical Society.

The weekend will begin at 10am on Saturday 5th April with an Aboriginal smoke ceremony signalling a "welcome to nation" message.

Sisters of the Good Samaritan Catholic nuns will talk about Tempe House's use as a young women's reform school.

The weekend runs Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

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