Correy’s Pleasure Gardens

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Music, dancing and picnics have always been enjoyed at Cabarita Park.

From the 1880s until World War 1, a focus of the park was Correy’s Pleasure Gardens operated on land adjacent to Cabarita Park. The pleasure ground was established by Thomas Obed Correy, who had previously owned gardens at Botany in the 1870s. Correy brought plants, flowers, shrubs and trees to Cabarita and provided swings, merry-go-rounds, a cricket field, a running track, summer houses, and from 1887, a dance pavilion, which was a great attraction for the many social and sporting clubs that held their annual picnics at the grounds.

The dance pavilion could accommodate up to 900 people who would be entertained by a ten piece string orchestra. Daytime dances were popular until gas replaced the kerosene lamps and evening dinners and dances became increasingly popular making the pleasure gardens one of Sydney’s leading recreational resorts.

During the World War I, Correy’s Pleasure Gardens declined in popularity and was eventually sold in 1918.

Correy’s Pleasure Gardens are one of many stories of Cabarita highlighted in a new Breakfast Point and Cabarita Park education kit now available on the City of Canada Bay web page. For more images of Correy’s Gardens see our flickr set.

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Posted on June 28, 2013, in Cabarita and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Michael Correy Lambert

    These were operated and owned by my great grandparents. Great to see this old photograph!

  2. Diane from Cabarita has provided two interesting pieces found on Trove – an early description of Correy’s Garden from the Sydney Morning Herald of 1887 and a colourful piece, ‘Almost a riot. Police Stoned at Correy’s Garden’ from the Evening News from 1906.

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