Dairy farming in Canada Bay

Today it’s hard to believe that Canada Bay was once a rural district with market gardens and dairies.

There were several dairies in Concord, North Strathfield, Five Dock and Drummoyne from the 1890s through until the 1940s. Generally they appear to have been family operated dairies with a small herd of cows. Although the Yaralla Estate had a notable herd of prize winning Jersey cows.

Livestock was sometimes a problem as urban growth increased. The Concord Council Annual Report of 1918 noted that 216 head of stock had been impounded during the previous twelve months and there were 18 prosecutions for cattle straying.

The photograph shows a dairy in Renwick Street, Drummoyne about 1900.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Concord, Drummoyne, North Strathfield and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Interested in this dairy and wonder if you know the number of the house on Renwick Street?

  2. In the photograph the man on the left is James Jackson. ‘Sands Directory’ lists James Jackson, dairy keeper in Renwick Street, Drummoyne in 1887 and 1888 and Jackson and Deering, dairy keepers, from 1889 to 1891. The weatherboard house to the right of the photograph is believed to correspond to present-day 40 Renwick Street, Drummoyne.

  3. My Gt Grandfather, Edwin Charles Henry, is also shown in various Sands Directories as a dairyman in Renwick St (North Side) from 1891 to 1903. He later moved to Polding St, still as a dairyman. He was later an alderman and possibly mayor of Drummoyne. I’m wondering if you have any more information on him and his dairy?

  4. This photo is unlikely to be the current 40 Renwick Street. From what I can ascertain No 40 was built between 1895 and 1900 as were the majority of the houses on the NE side of Renwick St. The house in the photo is raised off the ground on stone/brick piers whilst No 40 is very close to the ground on a rock shelf.

  5. Julie Pattison

    Greg – I have just spoken to Col Henry who is 90 and living at the same Aged Care Facility as my parents. He spoke of Henry’s Dairy in Polding St, Drummoyne. His Great Grandfather started the dairy in the area, he also said the dairy was brought up from somewhere down south but he couldn’t remember the name of the place. He said his father was Mayor of Drummoyne at some time. Col lived in Gipps Street and went to Drummoyne Public School and Drummoyne Boys High School.
    I have an article from a local paper that alerted me to Col posted on the Drummoyne Public School (Alumni) Facebook page, I can’t copy it here. My parents are also from Drummoyne, my first home was 41 Park Ave. It’s a small and interesting world. Regards.

    • Julie, I’m wondering if you can tell me the name of the aged care facility as I am trying to contact Col Henry, or his family. I have some sad family news to share with him.

      • Hi Greg, sorry for the delay in answering, I’ve only just received notification of your reply. Gosling Creek Aged Care in Orange.

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