The story of Concord West is closely entwined with that of the Walker family.
Thomas Walker began acquiring land in Concord West in the 1840s and by the late 1860s his estate comprised 124 hectares. The family moved into the grand country home Yaralla, designed by architect Edmund Blacket, in 1870. Thomas died in 1886 and in his will made provision for the construction and maintenance of the Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital on his estate at Rocky Point. The bulk of the estate was inherited by his daughter Eadith Campbell Walker.
Eadith was generous in her financial support for many of Concord’s churches, clubs and institutions. During World War I she was actively involved in the care of returned soldiers at Yaralla. She spent most of her life at Yaralla which became a centre for Sydney society through the balls and parties she hosted. Eadith died in 1937.
The first subdivision of Yaralla Park Estate was auctioned in 1920, deemed the ‘sale of the century’, with a further subdivision in 1923. Together these two sales account for most of what is today known as Concord West. The sales occurred following World War I when there was a high demand for building sites so they were purchased and developed almost immediately.
More images of Yaralla can be seen on flickr.