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Expired Event - Prospect heritage Trust's Excursion to Linnwood House - 18 Aug 2019

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Prospect heritage Trust's Excursion to Linnwood House

When:
Sun 18 Aug 2019
Time:
Bus leaves at 9.15am
Cost:
$25
Booking:
A Must
Facilities:
Parking Available, Public Transport
Details:
Our first stop will be Linnwood House at Guildford, where we will have morning tea.

Linnwood House is an historic house set on 5 hectares of ground at Guildford. The house was built in 1891 by George McCredie, a prominent businessman of the day, Mayor of Prospect & Sherwood, and Independent member for the State seat of Central Cumberland.

Departing Linnwood we then start on our journey ‘Let’s Look Local’ which will
showcase the history of the Granville area, an area whose history is often
overshadowed by that of Parramatta.

As we wind our way through the streets the history of the area will be related,
highlighting its early history when dingoes and bushrangers invested the district.

The construction of the railway to Parramatta Junction (later named Granville) in 1855 resulted in a rash of subdivisions.

Then in the 1870s and 1880s large scale manufacturing associated with metalworking, eg. Hudson Brothers later becoming Clyde Engineering, dominated the area and attracted many migrant workers.

Becoming a municipality in 1885 resulted in the construction of such public buildings as the Victorian Italianate Town Hall (1888).

The establishment of Rosehill Racecourse on part of the Elizabeth Farm Estate had a big impact on the area with
stables and homes for trainers and jockeys emerging.

More modern events in Granville’s history such as the Granville Rail Disaster of 1977 will be related.

Travelling the streets of Granville and Harris Park will reveal a wealth of older buildings from humble workers cottages to two-storey Victorian Italianate villas, hotels, churches, schools and shops.

Other historic delights include the Gothic style St. Mark’s Anglican Church designed by the firm of Blacket & Son with carvings by a convicted blasphemer, two-storey Federation house Tregothnan which from 1940-46 operated as Hillcrest Private Hospital and recently was valued at $2.6 million, Kenilworth (1884) whose owner decreed that no portion of his land should become associated with Catholicism but later became a Convent of Mercy, then Holy Spirit Seminary and a 1884 public building, the second oldest of its kind in NSW, whose ceiling was raised in 2000 to accommodate cages for dancing girls suspended from the ceiling !!

Charges: $25.00 per person
Includes Morning Tea - Lunch at own expense at local club

This will be a Topp Tours trip, guided by Kerima-Gae Topp
Location:
Blacktown City Council carpark
entry to the carpark is off
Flushcombe Road or
Campbell Street, Blacktown
Contact:
Bob Scott on
  9622 6749

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