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Sugar Mill
Sugar Mill

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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At our regular meeting on Tuesday we had two visitors Barbara and Kerrie-Ann. We were pleased you could join us. Our guest speaker was one of our favourites, Bruce Shying. Bruce entertaimed us once again with his stories of a day in the life of a sailor. We learnt about a "square meal" and that the phrase "not enough rooom to swing a cat" should be not enough room to swing a cot. Referencing sailors who would swing their cot (hammock) between hooks on a wall when in a doss house ( boarding house) when on shore. ...

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The Centenary of Anzac committee will be unveiling a plaque on the historic Beulah Vista headquarters of the Canterbury and District Society to commemorate the WW1 Anzacs from the Canterbury community. Beulah Vista will be open afterwards until 4.30 ...

Centenary of Anzac plaque unveiling

June 3, 2017, 11:45am - June 3, 2017, 2:45pm

The Centenary of Anzac committee will be unveiling a plaque on the historic Beulah Vista headquarters of the Canterbury and District Society to commemorate the WW1 Anzacs from the Canterbury community. Beulah Vista will be open afterwards until 4.30

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On Wednesday the 17th of May we enjoyed a visit from four groups of children from the Stage 1 Class at Canterbury Public School. The first group arrived at 9.30 am and our final group left a 2pm.
The children had been given a quiz to complete which showed photos of items found at Beulah Vista. They had to say what they thought the item was and what did we have like it to day. During their visit they had to find the item.
We set up displays for them both out in the yard and in the house. Their favourite items were the chamber pot, lots of disgusted "awg" sounds when they discovered it's use. The old gramophone which Colin played for them and the toaster in the kitchen, complete with a slice of bread in side. Deidre showed them the upstairs at Beulah Vista and the old typewriter was a big hit, sadly it doesn't work.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day but were almost as old and worn out as our artefacts by the time they returned to school.
Congratulations to the teachers and the parents, you have a lovely group of interested, articulate and delightful children.
I think our future is in good hands.
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A new page has been added to our website. canterburyhistoricalnsw.org.au
"Canterbury's People and Places". This page will have stories about people and places of Canterbury from our records at Beulah Vista. Check in regularly to see what's new.
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Our meeting on Tuesday was well attended. We had a 1 minute silence to honour our Anzacs.
visitors were Deidre and Colin's friend Kerry-Anne and Barbara Coorey who gave us an update on the Sydenham Bankstown Rail Corridor. We plan to have Barbara give us a longer talk later in the year.
Colin gave us a very informative presentation on Charles Bean, WW1 correspondent and founder of the Australian War Memorial.
next Open Day at Beulah Vista is Saturday 6th May 1.30 pm
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