By Cathy Jones
Airey Park was first dedicated in 1920 as a public park and named in honour of Joseph Airey, an Alderman of Strathfield Council (1917-24). Airey was the Vice-Chairman of Strathfield Council’s finance committee and was instrumental in inducing the firm of Marcus Clark, which he was Managing Director, to donate land to Council for a public park. The dedication of seven and half acres from the Executors of Clarke’s estate in 1919 forms the core of this large park. Council has subsequently acquired land to add to the size of this park.
Airey Oval was constructed by Homebush Boys’ High School and their Old Boys’ Union with Strathfield Council’s co-operation as a Memorial to former pupils of the School who served in World War II. Airey Oval was renamed Alan Davidson Oval in 2003 after Alan Davidson, former Australian Test Cricketer and long term local resident of Strathfield. Airey Park also contains a number of community based facilities including the Strathfield Children’s Centre, Strathfield Sessional Preschool and the Strathfield Community Centre. The Strathfield Community Centre was built in 1990.
A small section of the park on Kessell Avenue was named Sutherland Place and was dedicated as a rose garden. Sutherland Place was named for Keith Sutherland, Alderman (1937-1959) and Deputy Mayor (1954-1955) of Strathfield Council.
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© Cathy Jones 2019
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