Monthly Archives: March 2013
Over recent months, oral historian Olev Muska has been collecting stories of the North Strathfield community, past and present.
The project, North Strathfield Neighbourhood Stories, celebrates the lives, stories and experiences of the community through an exhibition at Concord Library and a website. The exhibition documents many wonderful stories of the social history of the area. Among the participants in the project are the Hon. Michael Kirby who grew up in North Strathfield and resident Colin Burgess, formerly of The Masters Apprenctices and AC/DC.
North Strathfield Neighbourhood Stories will be launched at Concord Library on Wednesday, 20 March by the Hon. Michael Kirby. Bookings are essential, contact Concord Library 9911 6200. The exhibition is at Concord Library, 2-31 March 2013.
The photograph shows Warman’s Grocery, corner of Correys Avenue and Concord Road, North Strathfield in the 1930s. Today it is the Liu Rose, itself a local landmark and one of the first restaurants in the area.
Ardill House at North Strathfield, which provides long day care services, has a tradition of caring for children.
Colonial architect John Bibb designed the house, then known as Clermont, for Henry Bray in 1861. Bray served as an Alderman on Concord Council and was Mayor in 1890-1891. It was later owned by F. K. Olliver who donated the house to the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children in 1918. This non-denominational Christian charity was founded in 1887 by George Edward Ardill to provide a refuge for vulnerable children. The house was known for a time as Olliver House, then later Our Children’s Home.
The home was noted for its dedicated staff. Louisa Horner (later Skinner) was associated with Our Children’s Home for more than 50 years. Matron Gladys Holt joined the staff in 1934 and devoted her entire working life to the care of the children. Keith Elliott (the man in the photograph above) was cared for at Our Children’s Home as a boy and later returned to work there as a handyman.
Memories of Ardill House are recalled by John Edmonds as part of the North Strathfield Neighbourhood Stories exhibition at Concord Library, 2-31 March 2013.