City of Canada Bay Heritage Society
The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society was formed by the amalgamation of Concord Heritage Society and Drummoyne & District Historical Society.
CONCORD HERITAGE SOCIETY
The Concord Heritage Society was formed in 1969 and opened their museum, located in the Joanna Walker Cottage on the Thomas Walker Hospital estate, in 1972. In 1990 they had to vacate the building as it was needed by the hospital.
The collection remained in storage until 1995 when the Council gave them a demountable building on a vacant block of land in Wellbank Street, Concord..
In 2008 they learned that the Council was relocating their branch library, which was around the corner in Bent Street, to another location so they lobbied to be given the use of the empty building.. This gave them a much larger area and enabled them to set up a very professional museum.
In 2009 they launched the new City of Canada Bay Museum.
With these larger premises there is now a separate meeting area which can accommodate up to 60 people seated, with the additional benefit of wheelchair access, air conditioning, toilet, refrigerator, microwave oven and hot water system. This enables the Society to hold functions and talks by guest speakers.
This area is available for hire to other groups on a casual or regular basis. Please contact the society for details.
DRUMMOYNE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Drummoyne & Districts Historical Society was inaugurated on 3rd October, 1975 by Mr Frank Packer who was a local solicitor, his wife Joy and Mr Michael Maher, who was the MP for the electorate of Drummoyne at the time.
Frank Packer was the founding President of the Society and Abbie Day, the Secretary. Meetings were held in the small hall at the Civic Centre, Drummoyne. About 60 people attended the first meeting. This hall was demolished when Council carried out its renovations.
The Drummoyne Municipality included the suburbs of Five Dock, Abbotsford, Chiswick, Russell Lea, Rodd Point and Drummoyne.
The Mayor in 1975 was Alderman Maniaci. Through its 37 years of operation, the Society always had the support of all local mayors and elected parliamentarians.
The Society became involved with museums when they were invited by Concord Heritage Society to work with them to establish a City of Canada Bay Museum. This museum would provide historical information and memorabilia of all the City of Canada Bay area. They were delighted to accept the invitation.
Now, with the joining of the two societies we look forward to bringing you the interesting and exciting history of this beautiful City of Canada Bay.