City of Canada Bay Heritage Society

About our Society

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society was formed by the amalgamation of Concord Heritage Society and Drummoyne & District Historical Society.

Use this link to view more information on the history of the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society 

Our aims:

  • To foster interest in and inform the community of the heritage - historically and culturally – of the City of Canada Bay LGA
  • To promote the preservation, restoration, conservation, maintenance and use of all places, buildings, monuments, etc., of historic, architectural, cultural and environmental significance within the area.
  • To acquire and preserve for the Society, books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, etc., as may be considered to have a bearing on the history of the area.
  • To establish and conduct a social history museum.
  • To foster interchange of information among members of the Society and any other interested people, by talks, readings, discussions, exhibitions of heritage, historical and archival material, and excursions.
  • To affiliate and co-operate with other Societies and Institutions having objects similar to those of this Society

Canada Bay Local Government Area map

Our Latest

Posted date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 1:41pm

One of our members, John Byrnes, is writing a history of Putney and would like to hear from anyone who can help him. Please contact secretary for email address if you are interested.

John ...Read more


Posted date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:22am

Organised by the Yaralla Advisory Committee - Sunday, 11th September. Last year’s event was a huge success with hundreds of locals stopping by for food, music, dancing, health information and mini ...Read more


Posted date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:21am

We will be introducing you to our suburban neighbours within the City of Canada Bay. A chance to learn a little more about this area we live in.

As part of the display - a part of History ...Read more


Posted date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:13am

Thanks to City of Canada Council for the second grant of $1,000 received to complete the restoration of the historic 1890 map of Concord we found in our archives.

The map had ...Read more


Posted date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:54pm

A very big thank you to the Concord Men’s (Harry’s) Shed for building us this beautiful book case. Doesn’t it look great.! At last we can actually find any book we are looking for, and we’ve got ...Read more


Posted date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:33pm

The site, "Trove" , is a free data base of resources, especially newspapers both local and national. including the earliest published Australian newspaper, the “Sydney Gazett” of 1803.

...Read more


Posted date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:44pm

On 6th June Betty Robertson will be celebrating her 90th birthday.

Ninety is a milestone that may of us may never know.

But, for Betty, it’s a time to celebrate her life and times ...Read more


Posted date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:37pm

Our next Open Day at Rivendell will be held on Sunday, 31st July.

We still need more people to become guides. We supply kits that give you all the information you need to conduct tours of ...Read more


Posted date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:35pm

Despite having 28 volunteers listed on this committee, lately we have only had a very small number attending our monthly meetings.

If you no longer wish to be notified of these meetings ...Read more


Posted date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:30pm

Thank you to all those who indicated they would like to undertake some of the work of this group.

If you didn’t put your name forward on the recent Membership Update form, please fee free ...Read more



Saturday, September 3, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Getting to know your neighbours. Discover the history of the City of Canada Bay through a series of historic photographs from the past, from the beginning in 1788 down through ... Read more

Saturday, September 3, 2016 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
At the Museum

This is an important event where all members receive reports from the President and Committees on activities of the past 12 months.

An opportunity for members to express ... Read more

Saturday, August 6, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The Kurrajong March (which was actually a train journey!) was one of a number of "snowball" recruitment marches fashioned on the famous Coo-ee recruitment march of 1915. The aim of these marches ... Read more

Saturday, July 2, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

When the Australian Government agreed to establish a rocket launch facility in the Australian outback, Len Beadell, then a surveyor with the Australian Army, was ordered to find a suitable place ... Read more

Sunday, July 31, 2016 -
9:30am to 2:00pm

Our next Open Day at Rivendell (Thomas Walker Hospital) will be on Sunday, 31st July, 2016. The grounds will be open from 9:30 am until approximately 2:00 pm.

(Entrance through the gates ... Read more

Saturday, June 4, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

In January 1889 Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands ... Read more

Saturday, May 7, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Speaker Jan Worthington will talk about Laurence Halloran: sailor, schoolteacher, murderer, bigamist, poet, imposter, preacher, bankrupt and convicted forger. He arrived in the Colony in 1819 and ... Read more

Saturday, April 2, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Speaker Alasdair McGregor will talk about Australia's first great architect - the "grand stylist" of early Sydney - Greenway was born in Bristol into a building family. In his mid-30s he was found ... Read more

Saturday, March 5, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Andrew Tink tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by ... Read more

Saturday, February 6, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

The story of Tom Wills - flawed genius, sporting libertine, fearless leader and agitator, and the man most often credited with creating the game we now know as Australian Rules Football. Tom Wills ... Read more


In January 1916 a group of 114 men left the New South Wales country town of Inverell to fight in World War I. The group was named “The Kurrajongs”, taking the name of the hardy evergreen ... Read more

Posted: 1 month 5 days ago
A Day With the Happy Patients at Yaralla Noble Work of Great Founder (by E.J. Martin)

“This Hospital for Convalescents was founded by the late Thomas Walker of Yaralla, in the hope that many ... Read more

Posted: 1 month 5 days ago

In 1956 I was in the middle of the Simpson Desert attached to 1 Troop of 17th Independent Field Squadron Royal Australian Engineers as part of the advance party preparing the site for the ... Read more

Posted: 1 month 5 days ago

Colonel George Arthur, after 12 years a Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, was appointed to a similar position in Upper Canada (now Ontario). His first task on arrival, in early 1838, was ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 4 days ago

There are many misconceptions about how the land to build the 113 AGH in Hospital Road was acquired. Here is the true story.

This cutting is from the Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 5 days ago

"The forgotten history of Five Dock and Canada Bay"

It is hard to imagine Five Dock and the surrounding suburbs of the City of Canada Bay as anything but contemporary and cosmopolitan. ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 5 days ago

Len Beadell is regarded as the “last true Australian Explorer” for opening up over 2.5 million square kilometers of rugged Australian Outback.

To assist Great Britain ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 5 days ago
Yaralla ‘given away to the Government’.

Good intentions are often misconstrued as Miss Eadith Walker discovered to her dismay in 1914. Returning from an overseas trip, Miss Walker heard that the ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago

Nowadays there’s no mystery about motor cars. They infest every road and are driven with varying degrees of competence by teenagers and grandmothers. When it comes to buying a car, schoolboys can ... Read more

Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago

Drummoyne Art Society, in conjunction with our museum, has an "Open Art Studio" at the museum for the month of September. Local artists include Lois Janik, Judy Cowen, Jose Gutierrez, Ann Harris, ... Read more

Posted: 11 months 3 weeks ago


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