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Sugar Mill
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Founded in 1962, with one of the aims being to gather historical records of the Canterbury District, the Society has since the mid 1980's operated a Family and Local History Reasearch Centre in the historic Beulah Vista home, located in Church St. Canterbury.

The aim of the Society is....

  • To encourage the study of history, both of the Canterbury District and Australia.
  • To collect records and objects relating to Canterbury's history.
  • To publish journals, periodicals and books relating to the history of Canterbury.

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Tomorrow Fri 18th we will be holding one of our monthly work days at Beulah Vista. This is an opportunity for any members who are available to spend some time ensuring the property is clean and tidy. Some of us are also working on ongoing projects of sorting collating and digitising the many resources the society has.
We always like an opportunity to stop for a coffee break if we have any visitors. Feel free to visit.
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Three visitors at our open day. A member from Sutherland Historical Society who has interests in the Canterbury area And was pleased to purchase some of our publications. A visitor who is a Tompkins family descendant the builders and owners of Beulah Vista. He gave us a copy of the family tree.
our visitors had a very small welcoming committee today as I was last person standing after our committee meeting. Our members were either sick, looking after sick family or had other appointments. I've invited our visitors back again to visit when we have our more knowledgeable members in attendance.
I closed Beulah Vista early today to attend the community meeting at Ashbury Bowling Club about the proposed development of the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor particularly the Canterbury Campsie area. The meeting was chaired by local MP Sophie Cotsis and attended by a large crowd of concerned residents.
if you have concerns or are interested in the proposed re development of our old established suburbs attend a meeting near you. Or contact Sophie's office for information.
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At our meeting on thursday John Scott gave an interesting talk about the Canterbury Bulldogs Football Club. He also shared with us during supper some stories about his interesting life and his research work. We will have to invite him back again next year to hear about his research into Sydney suburbs.

There are a couple of articles in this week's Torch Newspaper about the housing development along the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor. Barbara Coorey is featured in one of the articles and she is our guest speaker for our august meeting.

Our next open day is on Saturday 5th August 1.30 pm. St George Historical Society has an open day at Tempe House on that day as well. If you like visiting old houses, two to visit on one day
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On Wednesday, Colin, Deidre, Nigel and myself met with planning staff from Sydney Metro including their heritage officer. It was a very informative meeting. They gave us the latest info on the planning for the commencement of the Sydenham to Bankstown line. We were reassured that the historic elements of the stations would be incorporated into infrastructure of the new style stations. they agreed with us that there was a lot of misinformation about the Metro Line and said that they would be spending more time in the area talking with locals. ...

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Society members featured in the Torch newspaper this week. An article about the closure of Hurlstone Park Bowling Club showed a photo of Colin receiving some members plaques for the society.
Unfortunately the club had already destroyed photos before the society was informed about the closure.
It is a shame that historic photos relating to the Canterbury District have been lost.
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