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History project progressing well

The APA history project is progressing well with research of Artarmon’s development and its people’s achievements from the first land grants in 1794.

The history team’s research now covers three distinct areas – the industrial area south of the Gore Hill Fwy, the residential area east of the railway line and the residential area west of the railway line and north of the freeway.

The project covers the area from Westbourne Rd near the Royal North Shore Hospital in the south to Mowbray Rd in the north and the Pacific Hwy in the west and to Sydney Rd in the east.

The industrial area was first developed in early 1828 with the establishment of the first of many small brick works. By 1889, the brickworks were the biggest in NSW.  Over time, the smaller brick making companies were consolidated and eventually became North Sydney Brick and Tile Company Ltd, Butcher Bros & Co and Northern Suburbs Brick Company.

In the past 18 months, the history team has identified the first ownership of every subdivision lot in Artarmon. Initially, there were more than 1,500 house lots sold and they were mainly bought by builders.

The history team can now trace the full ownership of every property in Artarmon. The APA offers full ownership tracing for each property for a fee plus any costs for copies of any title documentation.

Oral histories continue to be collected from past and present Artarmon residents. The history team would be pleased hear from people who are interested in having their Artarmon histories recorded.

Oral histories are very important to the history project because they help provide an overview of events over a long period and an understanding of the times associated with them.

The APA has a proud record of continuous community advocacy for well over 100 years. The first mention of representations from resident groups was in local newspapers from 1906. 

Our archives have some interesting insights into residents’ community interests and the gradual development of Artarmon over the past 100 years.

The history project is one of research rather than community advocacy. The APA would appreciate offers of assistance from people who are prepared to help with general research and/or take down oral histories from local residents or record histories of local organisations.

Our medium term objective is to create an Artarmon history website under the auspices of the APA to provide schools, family historians and other interested parties with accurate information on Artarmon’s development and the achievements of its people past and present.

The APA would gratefully accept assistance from people who are interested helping us preparing narrative for uploading on to the Artarmon history website.

by Adrian Alexander

Courtesy of Gazette February 2013
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Artarmon Station 1908 ... train leaving right hand track
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