‘Malvern’ and ‘Radstoke’

Malvern‘Radstoke’ is located at 2 Malvern Crescent Strathfield, partially located on the land on which the home ‘Malvern’ once stood. ‘Malvern’ was the home of stockbroker Thomas James Thompson (1830-1917). It was located on The Boulevarde but the property included boundaries on Albyn Road and Kingsland Road. ‘Malvern’ was built c.1870 and stood until c.1919.  The photograph of ‘Malvern’ is featured in the real estate auction advertisement of November 1918. The firm of Hardie & Gorman were the estate agents for the sale.

The Thompson family were prominent in Strathfield’s early history. The Thompson family were related via marriage to other families such as Nott, Keep and Jones family of David Jones retail fame. In 1853, Thompson married Jane Jones, daughter of David Jones.

The ‘Malvern’ estate adjoined ‘Llandilo’ (now Trinity Grammar Preparatory School) which was built and owned by his brother-in-law, Dr Phillip Sydney Jones.

Thompson’s brother Samuel was the owner of ‘Rothesay’ 74-76 Abbotsford Road Homebush.

Thompson was involved for a time in the management of David Jones like many members of the Thompson family. However, he is best known as a stockbroker and one of the founders of the Sydney Stock Exchange. On his death in 1917 at age 87 years, he held a seat on the exchange for over 40 years.

In 1872, Thompson, his brother Samuel and William Henry Charter entered into partnership as Thompson, Brother & Charter, mining agents and stock and sharebrokers. By 1874, Charter left the firm and by 1875, the Thompson brothers were conducting separate businesses. In 1880, he was joined in business by his son George and the firm was then known as TJ Thompson & Son. When his second son joined the firm, it became TJ Thompson & Thomas James Thompson (from Obituary, Sydney Morning Herald, 1917) Sons. TJ Thompson & Sons merged with Charles A Ord & Minnett in 1964. The name Thompson disappeared in 1976 when the firm was renamed Ord Minnett Limited. The now uses the name JP Morgan and still an active participating organisation.

Thompson was active in local community activities. He was one of the founders and likely contributed to the financing of the building of the Trinity Congregational Church on The Boulevarde. He was a member of the Union Recreation Club at Strathfield and was a longterm member of the bowling teams. His son, George Thompson was Alderman on the first Strathfield Council in 1885 and the first meeting of the Council was held at his home ‘Steephurst’ in Albyn Road Strathfield.

Following his death in 1917, the house ‘Malvern’ was sold and the building was demolished c.1919. Though the house disappeared, the name ‘Malvern’ was revived in the 1950s when the grounds of ‘Radstoke’ were again subdivided, creating a cul-de-sac which was named ‘Malvern Crescent’.

By 1919, the property was purchased by Dr Walter Burfitt, one of Sydney’s most eminent doctors.

Strathfield Council meeting minutes records note that approval was granted to Dr Burfitt on August 26 1919 to build a house on The Boulevarde. ‘Radstoke’ was built in 1920 and is a large interwar house featuring influences of the Arts and Crafts style in use of roughcast render, slate roofing and leadlight windows.

Dr Walter Burfitt [1874-1956], a prominent Sydney surgeon and founder of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1928. Burfitt also established the Walter Burfitt Scholarship in physics and chemistry at University of Sydney, which is still being awarded. After moving to Elizabeth Bay, Burfitt named his new home ‘Radstoke’.

In 1923, Burfitt sold ‘Radstoke’ to Arthur Clifton Wilkinson, Manager of the Australian Woollen Mills for £8000. In 1925, the grounds at the rear of property facing Kingsland Road were subdivided from ‘Radstoke’.

The house ‘Tusmore’ 12-14 Kingsland Road, former home of jeweller William Coote, is built on this site.

In 1933, the Sydney Morning Herald reported the sale of ‘Radstoke’ 2 Malvern Crescent Strathfield for £8000, “the highest price reported for a residence for some considerable time”.

In 1951, the Radstoke subdivision was advertised for sale. This was the subdivision that formed Malvern Crescent.

With this subdivision, ‘Radstoke’s street address altered from The Boulevarde to Malvern Crescent as did the house entrance. 111 The Boulevarde, which obscures ‘Radstoke’s’ visibility to The Boulevarde was built in 1955. Most of the homes in Malvern Crescent were originally built from 1952.


Fox & Associates, Strathfield Heritage Study, 1986

Hardie & Gorman Pty Ltd, Properties and Premises, November 1 1918, p2

McCarthy, G J, ‘Walter Burfitt’, Bright Sparcs Biographical Index, Australian Science and

Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne, 2004.
Radstoke subdivision and auction posters 1951.

Strathfield Council Valuation Lists and Notices of Land Transfer.

Strathfield Council Certificate of Subdivision 29 January 1930

Real Estate – this week’s business – residence sold for £8000, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September 1933, p8

Larcombe Monumental Masons

Larcombe Monumental Masons was founded in the 1870s at Rookwood Cemetery by Alex Larcombe.  The firm is still in operation today.  The suburb was once named Rookwood but renamed Lidcombe after Larcombe, a former Mayor and Frederick Lidbury, a later Mayor.  This advertisement is dated from the 1920s.

Larcombe & Co Monumental Masons Wise 1920s

Council amalgmations

1947 Fight Compulsory AmalgamationAbove is a Strathfield Council pamphlet from 1947 concerning State Government proposals for Council amalgamations.

In the 1940s, the ‘Greater Sydney Scheme’ was proposed limiting the number of councils in the County of Cumberland to 16.  Under this plan, it was proposed that Strathfield would be merged with Ashfield, Auburn, Burwood, Concord, Drummoyne, Enfield and Lidcombe.

Strathfield Council survived this challenge but Homebush Council opted to merge with Strathfield in May 1947 and Enfield Council ceased in December 1948 with new arrangements in place from 1 January 1949, where the west ward was transferred to Strathfield and central and east wards transferred to Burwood Council. Lidcombe Council is now part of Auburn Council, whereas Concord and Drummoyne merged in 2000.

The Local Government (Town and County Planning) Act of 1945 provided for a comprehensive town planning scheme for the County of Cumberland.  At this time involved 67 councils and shires in and around the Sydney area.  The Legislative Council amended the bill to include a fourth tier of government between local and state government; the Cumberland County Council, to develop the planning scheme.  This was finally gazetted in 1951.

The Cumberland County Council introduced land use zoning, suburban employment zones, open space acquisitions, an early version of the ‘green belt’ for greater Sydney and a main roads network.  An impetus of the scheme was to provide housing for rapid postwar growth as housing shortages and supplies were acute following World War II, as home building virtually ceased during the war years.

If any of this is sounding familiar or you can see some current parallels between council amalgamations and metropolitan planning schemes……….

Strathfield Heritage Tour

Strathfield Council Chambers 1964

Strathfield Council Chambers 1964

I will be conducting a historical walking tour of Strathfield and Homebush is association with Historic Houses Association (HHA) on Saturday 28 November 2015 meeting at Strathfield Council. The tour is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours including morning tea.

Bookings are via HHA at  http://www.fohh.net/#!buy-tickets/cwgs.

Please direct any inquiries about bookings to HHA as I am not involved with taking bookings.


130th Anniversary of Strathfield Council (1885-2015)

Strathfield Council 130 anniversaryThis article appeared in Strathfield Scene June 2015 edition to mark the 130th anniversary of Strathfield Council on 2 June 1885.

By Cathy Jones.

June 2015 marks the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Strathfield Council in 1985.

In the 1880s residents of the Strathfield, Strathfield South and Homebush areas petitioned the State Government demanding the right to form their own local government in order to manage and control their local area. After many petitions from residents, approval was granted to establish local government by the NSW Governor in 1885.  In the 1891 Census, the population of the current Strathfield Council area was 2290 residents.  In 2015, the population is now an estimated 40,000 residents and it is expected by 2031, the population will total 80,000 residents.

When Strathfield Council was first established on 2 June 1885, it included the areas of Redmyre (now Strathfield), Homebush and Druitt Town (now Strathfield South). By 1892, the area of Homebush West was added.  In the 1940s the west ward of Enfield Council and Homebush Council was added to the Council area.  Today’s Strathfield Council is 14.1km² in size and includes the suburbs of Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Homebush West, Chullora and Greenacre.

In 1885, the name ‘Strathfield’ was adopted for the new Council.  The name derived from house ‘Strathfield’ which was owned by jeweller John Hardy of city firm ‘Hardy Bros Jewellers’.  This firm is still in operation today.

The first Council comprised six Aldermen including stockbroker George Thompson, grandson of retailer David Jones.  Thompson’s home ‘Llanelly’ (now ‘Steephurst’ 20-22 Albyn Road Strathfield) was used for meetings of Council until the building in 1887 of the current Council Chambers at 65 Homebush Road Strathfield.  The first Mayor of Strathfield was George Hardie.  The Strathfield Council Chambers were designed by architect John Sulman, who the Sulman Art Prize is named for.  This building has been continuously occupied by Strathfield Council since 1887.

Over its 130 years, the Council of Strathfield has aimed to create and support high quality and desirable areas for people to live, work, study and visit, with good quality housing, plentiful parks and open space, tree lined streets supported by well maintained streets and community facilities.

In the 1880s, Council adopted the ‘Boulevarding’ program which established the design and unique ‘look’ of Strathfield.  The design is based on a miniature version of 19th Century French influence by George Haussman involving wide, straight, tree lined streets, with wide footpaths for afternoon strolls.  One of Council’s objectives was to create a pedestrian suburb with wide and safe footpaths connected to civic buildings, monuments or focal points such as parks.

The ‘Boulevarding’ program featured wide streets (minimum 66 feet which was significantly wider than the inner city standards of day), footpaths on both sides of the road (to encourage pedestrian access), street trees and kerbs and guttering.  Strathfield’s streets were initially lit by gas lighting, which was later replaced by electricity.  Strathfield was one of the first areas of Sydney to establish a water and sewerage system, which was completed in 1912.

Strathfield Council was the first Council in NSW to utilise the new planning powers by declaring most of the Strathfield area a residential district in April 1920.  This proclamation, which continued until 1969, prohibited the building of shops, theatres, industry etc except in restricted areas.  The Council also enforced land subdivision standards, which were generally a minimum 50 feet street frontage on a large land allotment. In comparison, the average Sydney land subdivision was 40 feet frontages or less. Community concerns regarding potential for house fires and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, scarlet fever etc were addressed by Council’s imposition of health and building standards such as prohibition of the building of timber structures from 1920, increased separation between buildings eg buffer space at side and rear to promote healthy living standards and rigorous programs of building and health inspections.

The earliest homes in Strathfield date back to the 1870’s. Strathfield features a wide range of heritage property including Victorian, Federation, Interwar and Post War architecture.   Many of Strathfield’s finest homes are listed as heritage items and conservation areas on Council’s Local Environmental Plan.  These listings are designed to conserve important heritage items for current and future generations.

Strathfield Park was the first park in Strathfield and was dedicated in 1914.  From this early acquisition, Council has subsequently acquired 123 hectares of parks and open space, which is about 9% of the total land area of Strathfield.  Open space is dedicated to parks, golf courses, sportsgrounds and natural areas such as Mason Park Wetlands. To maintain Strathfield’s parks, Council established a Gardener’s Department in 1911 to ensure the natural environment of Strathfield is well maintained and supported.

Strathfield was one of the first Councils to establish a public library service in the 1940’s.  The Council boasts two libraries which have over 200,000 visitors each year.  Over the 70 years since the service was established, the library has lent thousands of books, DVDs, magazines and provided internet and WIFI access to many residents, students and visitors.

The first railway station in the Strathfield area was Homebush in 1855, followed by Strathfield Station in 1877 [then called Redmyre] and then Flemington in 1884.  The Strathfield area is also serviced by an extensive road network including the M4 Motorway, Parramatta Road and Liverpool Road (built 1812-2814).  Council manages the regional and local road network and constantly lobbies the State Government for improvements to Strathfield’s transport networks, including advocating for an upgraded transport interchange at the Strathfield Town Centre.

The Strathfield Council area today is home of over 40,000 residents.  Though known for its residential areas and schools, it also has vibrant business centres and communities that generate over $3 billion annually in Gross Regional Product (GRP) as well as the most connected transport systems in Sydney.

In its 130th year, Council gives thanks to the many men and women who have served as Mayor or as Aldermen (now Councillors), the Council staff, community volunteers, local businesses and many thousands of residents over time who have made Strathfield their home and contributed to the development of one of the best and desirable areas of Sydney.  Happy Anniversary, Strathfield Council.

New article on Strathfield Massacre

The Daily Telegraph printed a long article with photos on the Strathfield Massacre on 2 March 2015 and analysis of the impact on tightening of gun control laws.  Click here for a link.

Welfare Street Homebush West Heritage Precinct

In response to requests for information on history of properties in Welfare Street and Flemington Road Homebush West. 

The Welfare Street Heritage Conservation Area includes a series of interwar cottages in Welfare Street and Flemington Road Homebush West. The precinct is located in Homebush, off Parramatta Road and opposite Sydney Markets. This precinct is listed as a heritage conservation area on Strathfield Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP).  Until recently, the precinct was owned by Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA). This precinct has been recently sold to private interests.  

The land on which this precinct is built has had continuous ownership by agencies and authorities of the NSW Government since c.1919. This precinct is a small group of houses in a location which is predominately industrial/commercial.  The houses were built c.1920 and the street first appears in Sands Sydney Directory for Homebush in 1921.  Until 2014, the houses were continuously owned by the NSW Government, though leased. The houses are located in an unusual location. Historical aerial photographs reveal that they are the only residential houses built on the north of Parramatta Road.

The houses in Welfare Street and Flemington Road are likely to have been built for the Metropolitan Meat Industry Board to accommodate workers at the State (or Homebush) Abattoirs, formerly an agency of the NSW Government. Metropolitan Meat Industry Board which was established in 1916 and abolished in 1932. The State Abbatoir ceased operation at Homebush in 1988.

Ownership of the Welfare Street precinct properties transferred to the responsible State Agency which has included the Homebush Abattoir Corporation, Homebush Bay Development Corporation and finally the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA).


2 Barker Road Strathfield

2 Barker Road Strathfield. Photo - Cathy Jones (2004)

2 Barker Road Strathfield. Photo – Cathy Jones (2004)

Historical information on 2 Barker Road Strathfield is provided in response to requests for further information on the history of the property and Bunya Pine trees, which appear to have been recently poisoned.

‘Lyndoch Place’, 2 Barker Road was built in 1933 on the ‘Wynola Estate’, which was subdivided in 1925 and created lots in Chalmers Road and Barker Road Strathfield. The house was built at cost of £3500 by local builder Sydney Skinner for owner Donald Saxton of Saxton & Binns, timber joinery and builders supply merchants of Pyrmont. The house was originally called ‘Pindari’.

The house is heritage listed on Strathfield Council’s Local Environmental Plan and is described as ‘a good representative example of the Inter-War Old English style incorporating multiple gables, imitation half timbering, herringbone brickwork and tall chimneys…it is a prominent element in the streetscape’.

This house was later the home of Lancelot Bush, of A J Bush & Sons Pty Ltd. A J Bush Pty Ltd was established in Sydney in 1921 by A J Bush and are national manufacturers of meat, operating over 30 retail shops across NSW. The headquarters of A J Bush & Sons Pty Ltd is located in Homebush.

The prominent Bunya Pines (Anaucaria Bidwilli), located on the corner of Barker and Chalmers Road, are listed as landmark trees on Strathfield Council’s Significant Tree Register and are estimated to have been planted in the 1930’s, when this house was first built.

‘Melba’ Strathfield Hoyts Cinema

Strathfield Melba CinemaJust spotted a blog from National Film & Sound Archive featuring photos of the Melba Theatre in Strathfield based on footage of its demolition in 1969.  http://ryszard.net/unknown/?p=61.  This theatre was located in Mosely Street on the north side of the Starhfield railway station and now is a block of units.

The Strathfield area had a number of theatres built form late 1920s and early 1930s, like the Melba, Enfield Savoy, Homebush Theatre as well as the Astor and Palatial in nearby Burwood. The decline of cinemas started as television audiences grew in the 1950s and by the late 1960s many had closed, turned into carpet or furniture warehouses or demolished and replaced by something really dull.

The Roger McKenzie Collection at the National Film & Sound Archive is from footage shot by McKenzie of the demolition of many suburban cinemas from the 1960s to 1980s.

Many readers of this site may be aware of my interest in theatres as my both the Homebush Vogue and Enfield Savoy were at different times managed by my great grandfather, who worked for Western Suburbs Cinema and then Hoyts.

Both are still standing, the Homebush Theatre is a listed heritage item but I don’t think the Enfield Savoy is listed by Burwood Council. The old Theatre buildings are a reminder when the suburbs were sprinkled with the glamour of Hollywood (as US films dominated the screens) and were a well loved community meeting place.  My grandmother often spoke about nights at the cinema as a time for dressing up and throwing on the furs but the theatres were often used for large community meetings also.

Milroy Photo Gallery

‘Milroy’ was built c.1882 for tobacco merchant George Todman. ‘Milroy’ occupied the corner of Albert Road and Homebush Road. Todman lived at ‘Milroy’ until his death in 1924. Many photographs of ‘Milroy’s’ interior and exterior were published during Todman’s occupany and the house was often featured in magazines of the day. A selection of photos of Milroy exterior and interior are available here.

Yarrowee Wetland tree planting and activities day

The final Yarrowee Wetland tree planting and activities day will be held on Sunday 23 November 2014 at 10am to 2pm. Yarrowee Wetland is located at Myrna Road and Yarrowee Road, Strathfield NSW. All participants will be provided with a BBQ lunch and free giveaway of a native plant. Bookings can be made online at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/yarrowee-wetland-tree-planting-and-activities-day-tickets-14080638569?aff=eorg

As well as tree planting, there will be a conducted tour of the wetland and its surrounds and demonstration of weed suppression.

What is the Yarrowee Wetland?

The Yarrowee Road Wetland is a habitat and stormwater quality improvement wetland within a small tributary of the upper Cooks River. It was constructed using ecological and water sensitive urban design principles.
Extensive weed control, including targeted works to control Alligator Weed and Willows was undertaken to enhance this area of under-utilised open space along the edge of Strathfield Golf Course. Works also included assisted regeneration in zones of remnant vegetation and the installation of approximately 5000 locally indigenous plants to enhance habitat for small birds and other local fauna and to provide a seed source for future wetland rehabilitation projects.

Street trees and nature strips

Strathfield is known for its distinctive streetscapes of street trees and wide grassed nature strips. Strathfield is easily identifable in aerial maps of Sydney by its streetscape and many parks.

The street tree program is over 100 years old.  In 1889 Strathfield Council received a government grant of over 800 pounds towards the cost of tree planting in the Municipal area for the NSW Government.  Ratepayers were notified that if they met one third of the cost the Council would plant trees in front of their property.  By 1890, eight kilometres of streets had been planted at a cost of about 5,000 pounds.  The first street planted was apparently The Boulevarde.  The street trees on The Boulevarde are distinctive as they are double planted on both sides of the footpath. Most early street trees are of the brush box variety.

The government subsidy ceased in 1893, but the Council continued its planting policy.  The value of this on-going program is still clearly evident today.

From the late 1880s, Council initiated a program of ‘boulevarding’ which included street tree planting, road widening, gas lighting in streets, public open spaces, building of footpaths, development of nature strips etc. The objective of early planning was to create pedestrian friendly streets, integrating footpaths and roads with accessibility to parks and facilities. Much of the distinctive character of the Strathfield district developed as a result of these early programs.

The postcard of Albert Road Strathfield illustrates the tree planting programs in early 20th century.

‘Quisiana’ 81 Homebush Road Strathfield

'Berelle' as featured in an advertisement for the Strathfield Park Estate in 1914.

‘Berelle’ as featured in an advertisement for the Strathfield Park Estate in 1914.

‘Quisiana’ 81 Homebush Road Strathfield has recently been listed for sale.  ‘Quisiana’ (or sometimes known as ‘Berelle’) is one of Strathfield’s most prominent Victorian Italianate houses in Strathfield. This heritage listed property was built in c.1893.

‘Quisiana’ is located at 81 Homebush Road Strathfield. This property is heritage listed on Strathfield Council’s Local Environmental Plan and is a prominent two storey Victorian Italianate house set on large landscaped grounds.  The statement of heritage significance states:

Situated at the end of the vista along Alviston Street this two storey Victorian villa is of local significance for its form and scale and streetscape contribution, however, it has lost some detail and does not retain its original roofing material.  An asymmetrical façade has a projecting two storey rectangular bay with a two storey return verandah.  The verandah has a cast iron valance, brackets and balustrade and French doors to the balcony.  Other features include rendered labels, elaborate gable decoration, arched top to parapet, an elaborate iron palisade fence with rendered columns and a central rose garden.  The landscaping features of cypresses sempervieus [Bhutan Cypress] are important streetscape elements to Homebush Road. (Fox & Associates, Strathfield Heritage Review, 1986).

The house is located on the Bushy Hill Estate, a c.1880 subdivision of the larger 1867 Redmire Estate.

The house was built c.1893 for its owner railway contractor Thomas Tate.  In 1896, Tate moved to Western Australia and leased the house to various occupants. One of the more prominent occupants was George Hindmarsh MLA (1861-1916).  Hindmarsh was Member for the State electorate of Rous from 1905 to 1913, when he retired. During Hindmarsh’s occupancy from c.1909-1911, the house was renamed ‘Berelle’.

By 1917, ownership of ‘Berelle’ transferred to Professor James Douglas Stewart (1869-1955).  Stewart was the owner of ‘Berelle’ until at least 1948.  Stewart was the first Professor of Veterinary Science at Sydney University and received many hours in the course of his professional career.  His biography is detailed at http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stewart-james-douglas-8666


Bushy Hill subdivision poster.

Radi, Spearritt & Hinton, Biographical Register of the New South Wales Parliament 1901-1970, ANU Press, 1979

‘Auction Sales’, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 12 December 1896

Sands Sydney Directory, published until 1932 by John Sands.

Strathfield Council valuation lists

‘Verani’ 24 Homebush Road Strathfield

Photo Strathfield Council 1986

Photo Strathfield Council 1986

‘Verani’ 24 Homebush Road Strathfield has recently been listed for sale.  ‘Verani’ is only one of three terrace style houses in Strathfield, which is very rare for Strathfield.  This heritage listed property was built in 1888.

History of ‘Verani’

‘Verani’ was built in 1888 on the original 1793 Frederick Meredith land grant.

The Meredith land grant was later acquired by James Underwood and subdivided in 1878 as the ‘Village of Homebush’ estate.

Lot 11 was purchased by Henry Koch, a merchant, for £62-10-0 and sold two years later to Will Greatrex, a tinsmith of Rookwood for £97-10-0. The land remained unimproved for six years before being sold to Jane Anderson for £200, who then sold the land in April 1888 to land agent David Hazlewood for £237-10-0.

The house ‘Verani’ was built byHazlewood in 1888. In 1894, the property was transferred to the mortgagees, John Henry Stephenson and David Roxburgh apparently on foreclosure [this was during the 1890’s Depression].  Ownership was unchanged until 1915, when ‘Verani’ was purchased by Henry Joseph Bishop. The Bishop family owned the house until 1968.

‘Verani’ is listed as a heritage item on Strathfield Council’s Local Environmental Plan. This property was identified as heritage significant in the Strathfield Heritage Study in 1986.  The statement of significance/description states:

Verani, a two storey Victorian house was built in 1888 for David Hazlewood, a property agent. Constructed of dichromatic Flemish brick it has an asymmetrical façade with a slate gable roof, corrugated iron bull nosed verandah roof, timber barge and finial, arched top windows, brick voussoirs and fan and side lights to the entry.  The verandah features a cast iron valance, brackets and balustrade.  The house is screened from the street by planting and has a timber fence and curved entry path.  Verani helps to illustrate the range of good quality housing built in the Underwood Estate in the late nineteenth century.


Fox & Associates, ‘Verani – Inventory sheet no. 93’, Strathfield Heritage Study, 1986.

Malcolm C S, ‘Verani 24 Homebush Rd, Strathfield District Historical Society Newsletter, Vol.3 No.5, January 1981

Strathfield Council Valuation Lists

Eve Dutton OAM (1928-2014)

Eve Dutton (1928-2014), a former Mayor and Councillor of Strathfield Council, has passed away. Eve was a long-term resident of Strathfield. She attended Meriden School as a boarder in the 1930s and was an active supporter of the school throughout her life.

She as a teacher and was employed in the School of Art and Design, TAFE New South Wales from c1960s to 1986.  She was the Head of the Design Branch, Randwick Technology College, from 1978 to 1986.

Eve served as a councillor of Strathfield Council for three successive terms from 1987 to 2000 representing the Liberal Party.  She was elected Mayor in 1991-92 and 1995-96 and was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Strathfield.

In June 1997, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to local government, and to the community through a range of aged care, charitable, educational and service groups. She was involved in a wide range of community activities mainly based in Strathfield.

Eve served as a Board Member of Our Lady of Loreto Nursing Home which was operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society from 1990-1998.  She was a Board Member of the Strathfield Home for the Aged for 8 years.

She assisted older persons from non-English speaking backgrounds in nursing homes at Strathfield and Lewisham by volunteering as an English tutor.  She also worked as a volunteer teacher for the Exodus Foundation.

Eve served as patron and an office holder of the Strathfield Lantern Club, the fundraising auxiliary of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and volunteered for many years for Homebush-Strathfield Meals on Wheels.

Eve was a long-term member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield and had served as Assistant Treasurer, Attendance Recorder and fundraiser.

She was a member of the New South Wales Legal Services Tribunal from 1993 to 1996 and made a Justice of the Peace in 1973.

A community centre in Strathfield was named The Dutton Centre in 2012 after Eve Dutton.

Growing Veggies in Small Spaces Workshop

Many people are increasingly living in smaller spaces in Sydney.  In the Strathfield Council area, 52% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 40% in Greater Sydney according to the 2011 Census.  This trend will continue to meet increasing population demands.

The Growing Veggies in Small Spaces workshop will show you how to plant and grow vegetables in small spaces. The workshop will be held at Strathfield’s new Community Gardens and followed by a BBQ lunch.

The workshop will be held on Saturday 31 May 2014 at Strathfield Community GardenLaker Reserve, Elva Street
Strathfield from 10am to 12pm.

This is a free event and will include a workshop, free plants and a BBQ lunch.  Bookings can be made via online booking at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/treading-lightly-3872044903

If the tour is full, add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted when the next similar event is organised.

This event is part of the Treading Lightly program, which hosts a wide range of sustainability themed events in the Inner West and is supported by Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield, Canada Bay and Leichhardt Councils.

Yarrowee Wetland Tour

The Strathfield area has two wetlands: Mason Park Wetland in Homebush near Powells Creek and Yarrowee Wetland in Strathfield near the Cooks River.

Yarrowee Wetland was constructed in 2010 and provide a natural filter for storm water prior to entering the Cooks River.  Yarrowee is also a testing site for health of the Cooks River.

On Sunday 23 March 2014, a tour of the wetland will be held.  It is free event and will include demonstration of sampling of macroinvertebrates, tree planting and a BBQ.  Bookings can be made via online booking at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/treading-lightly-3872044903

If the tour is full, add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted when the next tour is organised.

Strathfield Massacre

Strathfield Massacre 1991 as reported in the Sun Herald

Strathfield Massacre 1991 as reported in the Sun Herald

On August 17 1991, a lone gunman killed 7 people and injured 6 on a Saturday afternoon at Strathfield Plaza. This was one of Australia’s worst mass murders.

Full article at http://strathfieldheritage.org/buildings/strathfield-massacre/.

Cooks River Strathfield

Cooks River Strathfield South 1943 aerial photograph

Cooks River Strathfield South 1943 aerial photograph

A timeline on events and developments affecting the Cooks River in Strathfield has been published.  Click here for information.  This is certainly not the definitive history of the Cooks River in Strathfield, which will take more time to write, however this is a timeline of information I have gathered so far, which is helpful for others looking for historical information such as students.  This page will continue to be amended as it is a work in progress.

Also a request for locals to share their memories and recollections with the Cooks River Valley Association. Click here for further details.

I am always happy to receive any photos or information to add to the site.  Please contact me at cathy.jones@optusnet.com.au.  Regards, Cathy Jones.

Homebush North Shops

Homebush Newsagency 1936

Homebush Newsagency 1936

The Homebush North Shopping Centre is located on Parramatta Road Homebush near the corner of Knight Street (formerly Rochester Street). The establishment and later decline of this commercial centre reflects the changing development and demographic patterns of the Homebush North area.  A full article has been added to this site.  Click here.


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