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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 at 15 Church St. Canterbury.

Mailing Address: PO Box 49, Campsie NSW 2194

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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📸 FLASHBACK: Here's a snapshot of Haldon St in Lakemba back in 1910. A double decker horse-drawn carriage can be seen on the street, with shops to the right including a newsagency, chemist and ironmongery business. ...

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Archibald Forsyth and family of Belmore NSW - La Perouse, 1907
Robert James Forsyth purchased ' The Towers ' 31 Forsyth Street, Belmore from the builder, David Jones. A prominent rope making company, Archibald Forsyth & Co., was named after Archibald Forsyth. Robert James Forsyth and his family lived in ' The Towers ' until Robert James' death in 1920, when most of the thirteen hectares of land adjoining The Towers was purchased by the War Service Homes Commission. When the War Service Homes Commission subdivided the area, four streets (Robert, Archibald, Roy, Forsyth) were named after Robert James' son, Robert Archibald (known as Roy) Forsyth. The Commission built houses on this land for soldiers returning from World War I and their families. Councillor Kayee Griffin unveiled a series of nameplates commemorating these street names on 11th November, 2000. Robert James Forsyth was an Alderman on Canterbury City Council from 1899-1902.
Information source: Barbara Forsyth, Lesley Muir, Brian J Madden, Canterbury & District Historical Society
Photo courtesy of Barbara Forsyth and Canterbury-Bankstown Local History Photograph Collection
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Officials standing near the Gough Whitlam Park sign on the day of it was unveiled.
Left to right: 1. Alderman Kevin Moss (Mayor, Canterbury Municipal Council); 2. Gough Whitlam. Gough Whitlam Park is located off Bayview Avenue, Earlwood.
In 1906 the State Government declared the land between the junction of the Cooks River and Wolli Creek waterways to be "unhealthy" under the Public Health Act of 1902. Building was forbidden on this low-lying land which "gave off gases and vapours, which were "prejudicial and dangerous to health"". This land remained in the possession of the Department of Public Works for the storage of materials used in the maintenance of the river banks and for the disposal of dredgings. It was donated to Canterbury Council in 1978 and Council transformed the area into parkland. Council named the area Gough Whitlam Park in December 1982 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government. Mr Whitlam unveiled a plaque which acknowledged his Federal Government's assistance to Canterbury Council during its term in office.

Courtesy of Canterbury-Bankstown Local History Photograph Collection.
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thank you peter corby 1967 Rugby Union Team ...

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The Society’s meeting and Open Days at Beulah Vista are cancelled until June
We will review the situation at the end of May
All our members and friends stay home and keep healthy and safe
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