Cricket at Concord

The photograph shows a cricket match at Alton, a house which was situated near Concord Road, about 1896.

At the time the photograph was taken, Alton was owned by Edward Carr Hordern, the grandson of Anthony Hordern, founder of one of Australia’s largest retail firms of the late nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries. Edward started working in the family business at the age of 14 and went on to establish his own business Hordern Brothers in Pitt Street, Sydney. He worked for some fifty years in retail before handing over the day-to-day running of the business to his sons.

Local Studies is keen to expand our collection of sports images and welcomes the loan of photographs for scanning and inclusion in Canada Bay Connections. The original photograph of Alton is held by the Mitchell Library (State Library of NSW).

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Posted on November 20, 2012, in Concord and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The owners of Alton were:

    1892-1895 E. B. (Biddulph) Henning JP

    1896-1902 Edward Carr Hordern

    1904-1905 B. Byrnes JP

    1906-1907 George Thomas Hindmarsh JP MLA

    1909-1914 Charles Ward Pye, a wool buyer and grazier

    In 1914 the Alton estate was subdivided at which time Alton Avenue, Homedale Avenue, Station Street and Cross Street were established.

    Alton has since been demolished.

  2. E. B. (Biddulph) Henning was another interesting resident of Alton.

    Biddulph Henning emigrated to Australia in 1853 and was a pastoralist and businessman. He is best known through his sister Rachel’s letters which were published as The letters of Rachel Henning. The letters provide a vivid record of colonial life.

    While living in Concord, Biddulph Henning was active in the Yaralla Cricket Club and served as Vice-president in 1895. Biddulph and his wife were also active members of St Luke’s church.

    Although Biddulph emigrated to Australia due to his delicate health, he was 94 when he died in 1928 at Hunters Hill.

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