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Take a guided walk around the Eastern Suburbs Pioneer Park
Cemeteries are quite a fascinating place to visit, as I find the inscriptions on some of the graves very interesting. If you have never spent some time looking at these and even if you have, this FREE event is sure to be very interesting.
The City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) will be holding A Walk around Pioneer Memorial Park on Saturday, 10th November 2018. It will be on at 2:00 pm for a 2:15 pm start.
On this interesting excursion, you will join historian and COSHA member, Ken Hall, as he takes the group to the Eastern Suburbs Pioneer Memorial Park. This park is a heritage listed landmark of NSW. There are memorials going back to the early pioneers and prominent citizens of the colony of NSW, which are still there today!
This was created in 1976 and all because of the dedicated efforts of Fred Read and his fellow Botany Cemetery Trustees. Pioneer Memorial Park currently has 746 surviving memorials and many of these were brought from the early burial grounds of Sydney in 1901.
The memorials in Pioneer Memorial Park were relocated from two of Sydney's oldest cemeteries, the Town Hall Cemetery and the Sydney Burial Ground. These were also known as Sandhills or Devonshire Street Ground Cemetery.
You will also visit the First Fleeters Memorial and this was officially opened in May 2016.
DETAILS When: Saturday 10th November 2018 at 2.00 pm for 2:15 pm start Where: Meet at the corner of Bunnerong Road and Frost Avenue
Cost: Free - no bookings are required - just turn up on the day
Please note: There is ample street parking, and you can also go by bus 391 at Eddy Avenue, Stand C at 12:45 pm or 1:16 pm (La Perouse bus NOT Port Botany)
About the Royal Historical Society This society was formed in the year 2000 with the aim of increasing awareness and appreciation of the history of the City of Sydney,
The main aim of COSHA is to make history more accessible to everyone. For this reason, COSHA regularly organises guided walks, lectures and tours of historic sites and/or buildings.
The City of Sydney Historical Association began when an exhibition was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Harry Jensen Activity Centre at Millers Point in 1999. At this time, many people connected with the Centre, contributed photos, memorabilia and their interesting life stories. The response was extremely encouraging and the organiser was contracted by the City of Sydney Council and asked to form a historical association focusing on social history.
Lynda (the organiser) then sought the help of a steering committee which included:
Dr. Shirley Fitzgerald (City of Sydney Historian )
Dr Wayne Johnson (Archaeologist with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority)
Angela Phippen (Society of Australian Genealogists)
Phillip Black (President of South Sydney Heritage Society)
Ross Connell (City of Sydney Archives )
They then organised to have events every three months, after which if they received a good response, a committee would be formed. The attendance was amazing and so in December 1999, a proper working committee was formed comprising of Trudy Holdsworth, Lynda Kelly, James Holdsworth, Clancy Walker, Bev Brooks, James Moore, Allen Yip, and Jacqui Schofer.
In January 2000, the Association became an incorporated one and a full committee was then elected.
At their initial AGM, they decided to hold monthly events on the second Saturday of each month and they have continued this tradition plus have had monthly committee meetings.
The Society also participates in History Week and the National Trust Heritage Festival, both of which being annual events.
They produce a monthly newsletter with articles written by people in authority within their field of expertise and these generally include a record of the previous event. Members are also encouraged to write articles and they welcome photographs taken at events.
The members also often volunteer at local festivals and have been assisting with the collating of material for the Dictionary of Sydney. There is usually a great interest in the City of Sydney and its history.