About this site
This site is written and managed by Cathy Jones and contains information about the history and heritage of the Strathfield district.
Cathy was Secretary of the Strathfield District Historical Society from 2001-2011 and editor of the Society’s newsletter. She has written numerous articles for newspapers, particularly Strathfield Scene, as well written the publications ‘Redmire’ (2010) and Politicians of Strathfield (2001).
She has conducted numerous walking and bus tours for Strathfield Council, Strathfield District Historical Society, Historic Houses Association, Historic Houses Trust and National Trust.
She organised the historic exhibition to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Strathfield Council and the DVD of Strathfield’s history in 2010.
She was Chair of Strathfield Council’s Heritage Committee from 2001-2004 and former member of the National Trust Historic Houses Committee.
She has been a presenter and speaker on ABC Radio and local radio, conferences, local schools, other heritage and historical societies and organisations.
Cathy was awarded a NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Award in 2005.
Cathy’s own family history in the Strathfield/Burwood area dates back to 1870, commencing with her great-great grandfather’s family residing in Drover’s Road (now Wentworth Road) Strathfield.
Purpose of this site
This site is dedicated to providing information on the history and heritage of the Strathfield district.
The Strathfield district is located in Sydney’s Inner West, about 11 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. It is often said that Strathfield is the geographical heart of Sydney, which is no longer the case given the constant expansion of the Sydney Metropolitian Area but it is true that Strathfield is highly accessible to nearly anywhere in Sydney due to a highly connected rail system, and access to major roads such as the M4 motorway, Parramatta Road and Liverpool Road (Hume Highway). Strathfield Rail Station is one of the largest and busiest railway stations in NSW. It is estimated that 120,000 people access Strathfield Rail Station each week.
Strathfield is a major centre for education and many public and private schools and universities are located in this area. Some of which include the Australian Catholic University in Barker Road Strathfield, St Patrick’s College, Meriden Ladies College, Trinity Grammar Preparatory School, Homebush Boys High School, Strathfield Girls High School, South Strathfield High School as well as a host of public and Catholic primary schools.
Strathfield is renowned for its built and natural heritage which contributes to Strathfield’s distinctive streetscape character. Strathfield’s streetscapes feature large nature strips and street trees, which were first established by 19th century boulevarding programs. Heritage is represented by a number of architectural styles dating from the 1870s including Victorian, Federation, Californian Bungalow and Post War styles. There are a number of heritage conservation areas throughout Strathfield.
Natural areas are represented and include Mason Park Wetlands, which is regionally and nationally recognised as a significant natural heritage site. This area features significant numbers of parks and reserves.
The Cooks River flows from Botany Bay through Strathfield and creeks such as Powell’s Creek and Saleyards Creek flow into the Parramatta River.
If you require further information or have suggestions about information or topics that could be included on the site, please post a comment or contact Cathy Jones via email: firstname.lastname@example.org