Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories Of River & Water

Join the team at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery through late June to early September as they present their new exhibition, ‘Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories Of River & Water’, which is a contemporary Aboriginal response to the rivers and waterways of the Darug language nation.

Please check the poster below or contact the Museum & Gallery on 02 9725 0190 for further details.


Published in: on June 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sydney in 1943

Thanks to SIX (Spatial Information Exchange) Maps, you can browse Sydney in 1943 in the same way you use Google Maps to view the modern world. The photographs were taken from a reconnaissance plane in 1943, and have been carefully ‘stitched together’ to appear as a satellite view. Here’s what Cabramatta CBD and Station looked like in 1943:


To have a look, simply head to SIX Maps, click on Basemaps in the top right hand corner, and then ‘Looking for 1943 imagery?’ An additional menu will open to the left, allowing you to select ‘Sydney 1943 imagery’.

This allows you to toggle between a modern and 1943 view by again selecting Basemaps and choosing between the two.

Use the searchbar in the top left hand corner to find a specific address.

Find anything interesting? Let us know in the comments!




Published in: on May 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day March [Smithfield, NSW] 1966
“Members of the Smithfield RSL Club take part in an ANZAC Day march in 1966.” ANZAC3

Soldier’s Memorial Bandstand [Cabramatta, NSW] 2004
“This memorial is located at the Cabra-Vale Park. It was completed in 1919 in memory of local soldiers killed in World War I. The monument was deidicated on Anzac Day 1919.”


ANZAC Day Service in front of Cabra-Vale Town Hall [Cabramatta, NSW] 1920s
“Gun is a captured German field artillery gun. Speaker is possibly Alderman Jacob Cook.”


Published in: on April 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

ANZAC Centenary

The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. Marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War, the Anzac Centenary is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.

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Centenary of the Flanders Offensive

More than 76,000 Australians became casualties on the Western Front in 1917, including some 22,000 who were killed. No year in Australia’s wartime history has been more costly. In this poster Australians march through Ypres in late October 1917 toward the end of the
massive British offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres. The Australians fought in five major battles here: Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle and Passchendaele. Images from this offensive are among the best known of the Western Front, and the Third Battle of Ypres has come to symbolise the muddy horror and waste of the First World War. The survivors of the fighting here faced another year of war before the Armistice brought an end to hostilities.


Fairfield City Open Libraries will be posting some local ANZAC content over the last week of April, in honour of ANZAC Day.



Published in: on April 10, 2017 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Journeys In Fairfield – Migrant Hostels

Come to Whitlam Library during the month of April to witness our Migrant Hostels exhibition, part of a series titled Journeys In Fairfield. Check our opening hours and come in for a visit!

The exhibition highlights Cabramatta and Villawood migrant hostels, which were operational between the 1950s and 1980s. It shows everyday hostel life, featuring families who made the journey to an unknown land by all methods and means in order to make a new life for themselves, and to enrich ours in turn.


Published in: on April 1, 2017 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Not Just Pin Money: Australia’s Forgotten Colonial Businesswomen


Colonial women are predominantly remembered in history as wives and mothers. Dr Catherine Bishop reveals, however, that many were also family breadwinners running a variety of small businesses to make ends meet.

When: 6:00-7:30pm, Wednesday 8 March 2017
Refreshments will be provided from 6-6:30pm
Where: Whitlam Library, 165 Railway Parade, Cabramatta
Cost: FREE
Contact:                           or 02 9725 0190








Booking can be made at Eventbrite

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History Council of NSW – March Talk at Whitlam Library, Cabramatta


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Changes in Fairfield – Now and Then…


[Source: Weekly column of Now and Then published in the Fairfield Advance Newspaper in 2008-9]







































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Changes in Cabramatta – Now and Then…

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[Source: Weekly column of Now and Then  published in the Fairfield Advance Newspaper in 2009]

Published in: on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas card from Down Under


This Christmas card from the Walter Stimson family includes stencilled shapes of a map of Australia and various plants. Caption (on the back of the postcard): To Private N. McNaughton. With best wishes from Pr. Stimson & family. Fairfield West, Sydney, Australia.

The Heritage Team would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!


Published in: on December 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm  Leave a Comment