Monthly Archives: November 2015

Time to get out the reindeer

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At Christmas many houses around the City of Canada Bay are brightly decorated as part of the celebrations, sometimes with extravagant lighting displays.

The photograph, above, was taken in 2001 and shows a man decorating his home in Reginald Street, Wareemba. It was an entry in ‘A Day in the Life of the City of Canada Bay’ photograph competition, held to celebrate the first anniversary of the City of Canada Bay.

The City of Canada Bay was formed on the 1 December 2000 through the amalgamation of Drummoyne and Concord Councils. The suburb of Canada Bay lies midpoint between the two former Council areas so the name was chosen for the new city. The first Council meeting was held on the 12 December 2000. Councillor Michael Wroblewski was elected as the first Mayor of the City of Canada Bay while Councillor Angelo Tsirekas, the current Mayor, was elected as Deputy Mayor at that meeting.

Golden era of swimming recalled

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The 1950s are often regarded as the golden era of Australian swimming.

Recently the National Film and Sound Archive received a donation of rare film footage of swimmers at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games at Vancouver in 1954. It includes local swimmers Lorraine Crapp (now Lorraine Thurlow) and Jon Henricks.

The local Concord community contributed to a fund to send swimmers Jon Hendricks and Lorraine Crapp and oarsman David Anderson to the Vancouver Games. Lorraine Crapp, who was just 15 years old at the time, won the 110-yard and 440-yard gold medals at Vancouver. Upon their return from the Games there was a special civic reception for the three athletes at Concord Council Chambers (at that time situated on Burwood Road, Concord). The photograph shows Lorraine Crapp, wearing the official Games uniform, with David Anderson following. The girls acting as a guard of honour are swimmers from the Cabarita Ladies’ Amateur Swimming Club of which Lorraine was a member. More images of the civic reception can be seen on flickr.

All three athletes went on to participate in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne with both Lorraine Crapp and Jon Henricks winning gold medals.

Chiswick impressions

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Last month, Five Dock Library exhibited the stunning images produced by the ‘Two of a Kind’ photography competition. The images have now been added to Canada Bay Connections and feature on our flickr page.

The competition was part of a wider local history project, ‘Chiswick Connects’ and encouraged people to snap moments of ‘now’ for future generations.

The photograph, above, ‘Finding old Chiswick Wharf’ is by Mia Chahoud and was the winner in the Secondary Student category. The photograph references Chiswick steps and wharf.

Some of the stories gathered as part of the ‘Chiswick Connects’ project will be featured at ‘Movies under the stars’ to be held at Lysaght Park, Chiswick on Friday, 27 November 2015 from 7.30-10pm. The main feature will be the Australian film Paper Planes .