Monthly Archives: December 2012

Greetings across the years

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Before text messages, email or the telephone people kept in contact through postcards which could be mailed relatively cheaply and often reached the recipient by the next post.

Local Studies has a small collection of postcards featuring images of our area. The collection was built up with the advice and assistance of local historian Pam Liell, herself a collector of postcards. Pam has compiled two books of postcard images, Before the phone: 100 years of postcard messages (1998) and Messages from the war: postcards of World War I (1999) both of which are held in the Local Studies collection.

The early 1900s postcard above shows the Parramatta River near Yaralla which is just visible in the background, along with the Yaralla wharf which no longer exists.

The Local Studies postcards have been digitised and are available through Canada Bay Connections. A selection of Parramatta River postcards can be viewed on flickr.

Veteran politicians in print

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Recently Lest I forget, the memoirs of Lerryn Mutton OAM (above, on the right) was launched at Concord RSL by radio personality Alan Jones OAM.

Lerryn was a former Mayor of Concord and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the seat of Yaralla. During World War II he trained as a pilot and flew the Australian-built Beaufighter bombers with the 93rd Attack Squadron based at Labuan, Borneo.

Another book published recently is the biography of local resident Sir John Carrick, simply titled Carrick. Sir John was a Senator in the Australian parliament from 1971 until 1987. He was Minister of Education and later Minister for National Development and Energy in the Fraser government. During World War II he was a member of Sparrow Force which defended Timor in 1942. He describes these experiences in a recording available through youtube.

Both books are available for loan through City of Canada Bay Libraries.

Making a splash

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Cabarita has long been a recreational spot for residents.

In 1923, council provided a shark netted swimming pool at the northern end of Cabarita Park. This was superseded when the Concord-Cabarita Coronation Baths were opened on the 27 November, 1937. In the first month of its operation some 30,000 people made use of the facilities with adults paying three pence and children a penny. It has, of course, since been refurbished and improved to meet the present needs of the community and today is known as the Cabarita Swimming Centre.

City of Canada Bay Museum currently has a display ‘Cabarita, then and now’ which highlights the way the area has changed over the years. The display includes photographs recently donated by Kay Dawson that were taken by her grandfather. The photograph above shows the original pool in 1923.