In response to a request for information about the Strathfield Motel on Albert Road Strathfield. I can’t find much information, except that it was built c.1967 and demolished in 1995. The street address was 22 Albert Road Strathfield. In 1995, the Motel and other adjacent properties were acquired on Albert Road and Churchill Avenue and demolished.… Read More Strathfield Motel
Keary’s Corner, an iconic lolly shop and milk bar, once stood on the corner of Redmyre Road and The Boulevarde, Strathfield. The Keary family operated the shop for nearly eighty years, with furnishings and fitout dating back to World War I. When it closed in 1990 after the death of its proprietor Vic Keary, it… Read More Keary’s Corner Strathfield
The Arnott’s Biscuit Factory operated at George Street Homebush from 1908 to 1997, when the factory was relocated to Huntingwood. However, Arnott’s Head Office is still located in George Street Homebush, in one of the former factory buildings. The relocation of Arnott’s Biscuits to Homebush was criticised at the time as ‘Arnott’s folly’ but it… Read More Arnotts Biscuits, Homebush
The above photographs were taken at the intersection of Shortland Avenue and Mackenzie Street Strathfield. The date of the black and white photograph is unknown, but likely to be about 100 years old. At the centre is the house ‘Ellesmere’, which is located at 59 Mackenzie Street (corner Shortland Avenue). ‘Ellesmere’ was built c.1885 and… Read More Mackenzie St and Shortland Ave Strathfield
Marion Street Strathfield is a heritage conservation area. The street is located on part of the original 1841 land grant to Joseph Hyde Potts, Secretary of Bank of NSW. By 1918, the land was owned by Francis Howard Potts and Arthur Campbell Fraser of Homebush, descendants of Joseph Hyde Potts. The land was subdivided in… Read More Know Your Street – Marion St Strathfield
This is a postcard of Albert Road Strathfield, which was sent in January 1915. The postcard was published by F. Guthrey, a newsagent in Strathfield. However, the card states it was ‘Made in Germany’. I found this at a postcard fair but don’t have any more information about its origin. For instance, why was a… Read More Postcard from Albert Rd Strathfield
In response to requests for information on the history of 67 Redmyre Road Strathfield. The land bounded by Ardittos Lane to the north, Elva Street to the east, Redmyre Road to the south and Homebush Road to the west was purchased by Robert Joshua King and Mary Ann Balmain, wife of surveyor and Strathfield… Read More House history – 67 Redmyre Rd Strathfield
The widening of the M4 motorway at Homebush and extension of the motorway from Strathfield to the City West link is the next stage in the continuing development of Sydney’s Western Expressway. This road has been known as the F4 Western Freeway, M4 Motorway and is now part of the current WestConnex Project. It is… Read More M4 Motorway – history
Many thanks to Kevin Dietz for the photos of Pomeroy House. Many people ask about this house but until Kevin’s kind donation, all I had was a poor copy of a copy of a photo. Also thanks to Dave Patrick for his recollections. ‘Pomeroy House’ (originally named ‘Laira’ was built c.1887. The house was… Read More Pomeroy House
The series ‘Crimes that shook Australia’ features the Strathfield Massacre in 1991 on the Crime Channel on Foxtel. This is a link to a promotion for the program: http://www.citv.com.au/videos/crimes-shook-australia-s2-ep-3-sneak-peek-strathfield-massacre/ I would be interested in your views of the program. I have updated the article on the Strathfield Massacre to include additional information on the events… Read More Strathfield Massacre
There is a feature in the Inner West Courier this week regarding a proposal to name two new streets in Homebush with reference to the former EMI Factory. The site on Parramatta Road Homebush has been redeveloped with multi-storey units creating a need for two new streets. The proposal from Strathfield Council concerns naming the… Read More Former EMI Factory – proposal for new street names
In response to inquiries about the history of The Causeway Strathfield South. The Causeway is located on the original Redmire Estate. The street appears to have been created in a c.1880 subdivision of smaller lots of the Redmire Estate. Though it could be argued that the name ‘The Causeway’ is uninspiring, it is likely a… Read More The Causeway, Strathfield South
‘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… Read More ‘Malvern’ and ‘Radstoke’
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.
Above 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… Read More Council amalgamations
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… Read More Strathfield Heritage Tour
This 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… Read More 130th Anniversary of Strathfield Council (1885-2015)
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.
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… Read More Welfare Street Homebush West Heritage Precinct
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… Read More 2 Barker Road Strathfield
Just 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… Read More ‘Melba’ Strathfield Hoyts Cinema
‘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… Read More Milroy Photo Gallery
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… Read More Street trees and nature strips
History of 81 Homebush Road Strathfield… Read More ‘Quisiana’ 81 Homebush Road Strathfield
‘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… Read More ‘Verani’ 24 Homebush Road Strathfield
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… Read More Eve Dutton OAM (1928-2014)
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.… Read More Yarrowee Wetland Tour
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 https://strathfieldheritage.org/buildings/strathfield-massacre/.
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… Read More Cooks River Strathfield
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.