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first grant of land was 470 acres in Snugborough Park now known as Beverly
Hills. The next 300 acres he was given was at Oatley. His last land grant was 40
acres at south of Hurstville.
remembered him with naming the suburb and parks in his memory. He was buried on
his farm near King Georges Road Beverly Hills near the intersection of Pallamana
Parade and Ponyara Street Beverly Hills.
The roads were
terrible and so Forest Road was eventually built. Captain John Townson's sold to
Lord Simeon whom in 1829 purchased Kingsgrove. The St George area although
close to Sydney was inaccessible, as there was no bridge over the Cook's River.
Many of the
streets in Hurstville
are named after the original inhabitants and their children. Dora, MacMahon,
Timothy, Beatrice, Patrick, Moore, to name a few. His Dalcassia estate
went from Dora, MacMahon, to Stoney Creek Road. This took place around 1884. The
Hurstville Historical Society have laid a foundation stone outside the Council
Chambers in Mac Mahon Street Hurstville.
arrived in 1854 on the "Caroline " and he married Dora McDonagh 1857.
Hurst, is a
small grove of trees, or wooded hill, which this district was commonly known for
its forests. Ville, is a settlement or a group of houses.
first public school was establish in 1876 and still stands in the same spot
today in Forest Road, Hurstville. In 1916 the first Technical classes for older
students began. 1916 saw the first Junior Technical College opened and this was
used by a wide area of students.
The St George
area boasts of some of the most incredible sports people, with the likes of Jack
Brabham, Ken Rosewall, Eddie Charlton, Brian Booth, Ray Lindwall, Bill O'Reilly
Don Bradman got some of his greatest scores here.
sporting grounds were Chappelow's paddock now the site of the old brickworks in
Hurstville.. Hurstville oval was opened September 23 1911. This oval is the one
of the most outstanding fields in Australia. True credit must be given to
the groundsmen of Hurstville Council for the fine upkeep of this attraction
In 1908 St
George produces a district Rugby club. The St George Ruby Union club was
commenced in 1908 in St Joseph's at Arncliffe. Although Marist Bros is also
named in several sources that is where it began. The first settlers in St George
were Shell gatherers Charcoal Burners, Timber-getters. Their homes were mainly
shanties and their spare time was trying to buy grog from the sly grog shops,
and then drinking it.
Timber was the
booming industry in this area and was used for the roof shingles the houses,
furniture, fencing and ballast for the ships to return to England. Bulli was
being mined for coal and the only way to Sydney was the shipping industry and as
there were no wharves in the area this was extremely difficult to
transport. It took a further 20 years for the haggling to stop to get some
action...some things don't change do there. Where is our next International
Airport going to be???
solved many problems with colony and brought increased land values along the
route. The first trains were powered by steam. Electrification was introduced to
the citizens of the St George district in 1926.
Bexley Hurstville joined up to give us the St George County Council,
Australia's first. 1980 it was taken over by the Sydney County Council, but not
without an almighty struggle against it.
Memorial Forest Road Hurstville with the Railway behind.
the 22nd October 1840 the firtst train arrived at Hurstville. At that time the
population was 153, I guess it seemed like the back of Bourke. Thank goodness
for the railway as it has made it what it is today. 140,000 people pass through
the station each day, (October 2004)
Our first power
was given to the residents in 1923 on the 9th March. Local Government commenced
for Hurstville on the 28 March 1887. George Leeder was the first Town Clerk,
with Alexander Milsop as our First Mayor. Their first major project was the punt
to be built at Lugarno, at the grand cost of $2000.00 and the State tossed in
$50.00 a mile... wow..
enjoyed by the residents were the St George Observer and St George
Advocate in 1890. 1911 the Hurstville Propeller followed by the St
George Express. Funnily enough some are still in production today. Our wonderful
St George Leader is the best in the Country. I say that with no
hesitation. The awards bestowed upon them prove it.
became more official, organised Publican Licences were issued to Thomas Kelsey, in 1850. He owned the Man of Kent, and there today in Kingsgrove Road and Morris
St, near Kingsgrove Public School there lies the stone still visible verifying
its presence of its past existence.
Post Hotel 1925
in a weathered board building opposite Hurstville Public School. This was also
the first polling place for the first Council's election in 1887.
1880 the first bus service was introduced from Hurstville to Newtown, owned by
Daniel Tracy, later on Charles Fripp ran it. Up till then the only way thought
was through Enfield. Sir Thomas Mitchell was given the task of providing better
roads over the Cook's River at Tempe to Lugarno, Heathcote and down to
Bulli. Now we know of this as Forest Road.
1884 the Illawarra Railway Line came to Hurstville and then it became the
fastest growing populated areas bringing with prosperity. Alfred Gannon Michael
Gannon's son welcomed the train into Hurstville. Local
population was 6,533.
I have found some old
pictures of Hurstville Westfield
5. 6. 7.