Marrickville: a past worth preserving. a collection of articles submitted to an essay competition organised by the Marrickville Heritage Society.

Contents in order of publication:

A fresh look at 19th century St Peters, by Robert Horton

Questions about the recording of the history of St Peters.

A St Peters family, by Laurel Horton

Story of the Hoppitt family, who settled in the St Peters area in the 1850s. Seven generations of this family have lived or still live in the area.

By the Blue Lagoon – a family memoir, by Merle Kavanagh

The author describes her early childhood in St Peters near ‘The Blue lagoon’ – a romantic name for a water-filled and debris-littered former brick pit, off may Street St Peters.

Charles Abel and his food empire, by Lyn Collingwood

A look at the founder of a major Marrickville industrial organisation known as Marrickville Margarine, which originated in Newtown but relocated to Edinburgh Road Marrickville.

Employment of children, by Laurel Horton

The employment of children in brick pits in the local area. In 1875 a Select Committee was appointed by the NSW Parliament to investigate this appalling problem.

Family life at the rectory: St Peters Church Cooks River 1920-1933, by Rosalind Torrent

A glimpse of family life in a church environment, Rev. Arthur Reeves and his family.

Forgotten memories: Marrickville Road in the 1960s, by Chrys Meader

Recollections of the author’s early life and times, with a focus on the Marrickville Road shops and their owners and her childhood experiences.

Henry, his roses, four sibblings and their Francophile brother – a memoir on the Quinns’ 52-year residency in Petersham, by John Chappell

An extended family history.

James Conley and family of Kingston, by Patricia Steane

Kingston was an area subdivided from farming land near Australia Street, Newtown. James Conley became a prominent personality of the area.

Marrickville Municipal Symphony Orchestra (1930-1953), by Robert Parkinson

A study of a major organisation in Marrickville’s history which details the works of the main conductors of the orchestra. Fred Hanney and Haydn Beck.

Marrickville: my ‘Shangri-La’, by Mary Cleghorn

A look at past years in Marrickville, an era that was much less complicated than today.

Memories of ‘my’ Newtown, by Betty Biffin

A trip down memory lane, including wartime experiences, life in three different residences in Newtown and the business that operated in the suburb from the 1930s .

My memories of Livingstone Park, by Peter Chinn

The author’s childhood playground was Livingstone Park and Oval, Marrickville. Returning to the park his childhood memories and associations are rekindled.

Stories behind the names, by Laurel Horton

A story of the ‘occupants’ of St Peters Church graveyard, raising intriguing questions about some of the burials in the cemetery and noting the colourful people who provided those ‘stories behind the names’.

St Peters: connecting with a written past, by Robert Horton

A perspective on history, drawing on letters and notes about various places, churches and other landmarks. The Bible bashers: the Churches of Christ in the Marrickville area, by Lyn Collingwood

A look at Sister Ada Green, a long time notable street preacher, who converted to Church of Christ beliefs; and the activities of the Churches of Christ in mainly Enmore, Petersham and Marrickville.

The Marrickville Horticultural Society: a blooming history, by Peter Cousens

A little studied aspect of suburban history, the formation and operation of a horticultural society that flourished from the 1930s to the early 1960s. The times when flower and plant shows were popular cultural and social events in Sydney.

The stained glass windows of St Peters Church Cooks River, by Laurel Horton

A descriptive look at the people who are remembered by these attractive windows.

Theo Flynn, by Lyn Collingwood

Theo Flynn was the father of film star Errol Flynn. We read of a life of significant scientific and academic accomplishments in biology and zoology, and the defence of Errol’s reputation.

Two Newtown identities, by Fred Sinfield

Two Newtown jewellers and medallists – William Trantum and William Pritchard – who were prominent in the first quarter of the 20th century.

Whatever happened to Emanuel Brace?, by Kate Dunbar

Emanuel Brace was one of three absconders implicated in the death of Robert Wardell in September 1834. A revelation Brace’s colourful life

World sport comes to Marrickville, by Shirley Doolan

How the cycling track events and the Closing Ceremony of the 1938 British Empire Games came to be held at Henson Park, Marrickville attracting some 40,000 people.

The book is on sale for $35 and is available at MHS meetings or by post. Cheques or Money Orders for $35 (made out to the Marrickville Heritage Society) can be sent to MHS, PO Box 415, Marrickville 1475

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