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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 Research 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.
  • Membership Fees:  
  • Regular Member; $20 per annum,                                    Pensioner, Senior, Student, $15 per annum,                    Families/Institutions, $25 per annum                               Supporter/Friends Member (non voting) $5 per annum

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3 days ago

Canterbury & District Historical Society

#FlashbackFriday Check out the second car parked outside Campsie Motor Car & Carriage Works in Hill Street in 1916.
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3 days ago

Canterbury & District Historical Society

#FlashbackFriday

The Punchbowl to Picnic Point bus on The Boulevarde at Punchbowl Railway Station. The stepped monument behind the bus is the Punchbowl WWI Cenotaph which was later moved to The Broadway, Punchbowl.
Henry (Harry) Dale owned and operated two bus services in the area. One ran from Campsie Railway Station through Belfield, Belmore, Lakemba to connect at Punchbowl Railway Station with the other bus service he operated from Punchbowl Station to Picnic Point. Harry Dale started these bus services about 1921-1922 and they closed in 1928. Harry Dale, known as "Harry The Drover", was born in 1888. He married Agnes Hannah Lovell in 1914 and had three children Marjorie, Lester and Valerie. The family moved to 132 Highclere Avenue, Punchbowl in 1921 and Harry lived here until his death in 1959. Today ( 1999) St Charbels Lebanese Maronite Church stands on the site of the Dale's family home.
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4 days ago

Canterbury & District Historical Society

Want to know more about Canterbury’s WW1 veterans, the CD Canterbury’s Boys available from the Canterbury and District Historical Society
canterburyhistoricalnsw.org.auThomas Keating comes home to Belmore, 1918.

Keating, Lance-Corporal Thomas Richard no. 1290.
33rd Battalion D Company.
“Killarney” Sharp Street [i.e. Kingsgrove Road], Belmore.
Tailor’s presser.
Enlisted 31/1/1916, aged 23.
Next of kin, father, R. Keating, “Killarney” Sharp Street, Belmore.
Embarked Sydney 4/5/1916 per HMAT A74 Marathon
Returned to Australia 12/6/1919.
Married Mona M. Sedgewick 1926.
#LestWeForget
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4 days ago

Canterbury & District Historical Society

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Men playing backgammon in Anzac Park, Anglo Road, Campsie, 1970s. The rotundra is in the background.

Courtesy City of Canterbury Local History Photograph Collection
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4 days ago

Canterbury & District Historical Society

#FlashbackFriday

Tending gravesites in Moorefields Cemetery, located at
96A Moorefields Road, Kingsgrove. This photograph was taken by Canterbury City Council staff during restoration work on Moorefields Cemetery on 9 March 1988.

Moorefields Methodist Cemetery, Kingsgrove is located behind the church at 96a Moorefields Road, Kingsgrove (public access through Maramba Close). It is believed to be the oldest cemetery in Canterbury City with the first of over 1155 listed burials recorded on 6 January, 1855 for Emma Lees. The burial records can not be substantiated due to a fire destroying the early records in 1905. Mr Percy William Cant and Albert W Miller compiled limited records from memory. These records and other surviving cemetery records were referenced for this project.
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