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Cann's Grant streets celebrate 105

Last November, we celebrated the 105th anniversary of our subdivision – known locally as Cann’s Grant. We’ve been researching, valuing, sharing and celebrating our history, homes and community spirit for years now at our regular street Christmas parties, but with the 105th anniversary on our doorstep and a revitalised interest in our history, we decided to celebrate together as a subdivision.

Our precinct came to be known as the Cann’s Grant subdivision as it is on part of a 25-acre land grant to Daniel Cann. The first lot was offered for sale on November 18, 1905.  Most of the blocks were bought by builder John Hepburn Park. He built neat rows of Queen Anne federation houses and cottages down the hill, until it was lined with the typical slate and terracotta roofs, the red brick and sandstone walls and chimneys, the ornate woodwork and beautiful leadlights, still prominent today.

The streets were transformed when most residents moved in about 1913. They took great pride in establishing their homes and gardens, forming a new community to face together the challenges of World War I, the depression and World War II. This sense of community continues today as neighbours care for and support each other and celebrate Christmas and other festivities together, such as our 105th anniversary.

Many of the Cann’s Grant residents joined our celebration – residents from west Artarmon and other residents from Elizabeth Street. Our guests of honour were our older residents – Francesca Di Mento of Drake Street; Mary Gercken of Elizabeth Street; Ruth Lyford of Hawkins Street; and our most honoured guest, Geoff Bushnell, who was born in Artarmon, grew up in Drake Street, served in the World War II and who now lives on the Central Coast. He came down especially for the festivities.

We celebrated together under the jacaranda blossoms of Drake Street, some of us in period costume, with old maps of the area on display and an abundance of good food, drink and hearty cheer shared by all. The day was voted such a success, it is now planned to become an annual event!

by Cathie Tanaka

Courtesy of Gazette May 2011
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