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APA history project: can you help?

The co-ordinators of the Artarmon Progress Association's history project are seeking relatives or descendents of early Artarmon families.

The APA history project is proceeding well. The project team continues to record oral histories of past and present residents and tries to identify families who have been associated with Artarmon over many generations.

The team would particularly like to hear from descendents, or family friends, of the following residents, investors or business people associated with Artarmon's early development:

  • Directors of Artarmon Estates Limited: JB Nicholson; J Farram; IB Fitzhardinge; and FH Jackson.
  • Thomas Broughton
  • Samuel, Francis, Robert Francis, George Samuel Butcher
  • Robert William, Herbert Richard, Alice Grace, Annie Butcher
  • Herbert Clatsworthy, medical practitioner
  • Charles Herbert Clatsworthy, medical practitioner and Stephanie Alexandra Clatsworthy
  • Arthur Blain Cook, builder
  • Joseph Blain Cook and William John Cook (and Helen Elizabeth Cook)
  • Phillip Robert Cook, real estate agent
  • Charles John Edward Forssberg
  • William Patrick Gibson (the Gibson buildings developer)
  • Herbert Sparrow Hart and Florence Thirza Hart (sponsors of Artarmon School of Arts)
  • Jack and Victor Ison (Ison's Bakery)
  • Edward Robert, Edward Douglas and Herbert George Lanceley
  • Katherine Mary Lenthall
  • Thomas Samuel Lobban and Mildred Lobban
  • William, Henry and John Mashman
  • Adrian Grenfell Moffitt, medical practitioner
  • John Hepburn Park, builder
  • Stephen Edward Perdriau , Grace Marian Perdriau and Phyllis Grace Perdriau
  • Jessie Amelia Read (McKell buildings' owner)
  • Hannibal Sloan and Martha Joan Sloan (sponsor of the Artarmon Drill Hall)
  • Shepherd Smith and Emily Smith (nee Phillips)
  • Arthur James Snowball, plumber
  • Spero Stempoyan and Elizabeth Stempoyan (nee Evert)
  • Sir Alexander Stuart and Christina Eliza Stuart (nee Robison) - a former NSW premier.
  • George Robert Whiting

The team would also like to hear from families who have lived in Artarmon for more than two generations. If you can help, contact us by email:, telephone Adrian: 0401 644 052; or write to: PO Box 540, Artarmon, NSW 1570.

Do you have memories or photos of Ardeen, Barnsley or Cameron Ave Kindergartens? Do you have any memories or photos of Ison's Bakery in Hampden Rd? If so, please phone 0421 781 501 or email us on

by Adrian Alexander

Courtesy of Gazette February 2012
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