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.
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