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50s Annandale: A Short Walk

Marghanita da Cruz will present a virtual tour of 1850s and 1950s Annandale. In the 1850s, a new Train line passed through the Annandale Estate and William Stanley Jevons came to live at Annangrove Cottage on the Parramatta Road.

Jevons left us descriptions of Annangrove and his walks home to the new Royal Mint where he worked as an Assayer.

Horse Drawn, Steam and electric Trams have all transported passengers along Parramatta Road until the 1950s.

This virtual tour will form the basis of Marghanita's seventh book in a series which presents Annandale's History as Short Walks.

At the end of the talk, there will be an opportunity to inspect the historic cottage and nearby sites.

Date: 2-4pm Saturday 29 April 2017
Location: Tetch Gallery, Annangrove Cottage, 245 Parramatta Road Annandale
Price: $15/$10 Concession
Bookings & Enquiries: 0414-869202, Email:

Anecdotal History

By Time, Places or People.

Man and Woman with Church OrganRestoration of Hill and Son Organ

After 20 years of fund raising the Hill and Son Organ, at the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church's Memorial Presbyterian Church's , Annandale, is being restored. The fund raising and restoration is under the watchful eye of resident organist Ralph Lane.

"Thanks to the generosity of the many musicians who have donated their services to the cause of the Organ Restoration Fund, and the patronage of a loyal and enthusiastic audience, we have raised over $85,000 in thirteen seasons of our Spring Festival of Music." With matching grants from the Heritage Council of NSW, the Choir and Swell Cornopean stop were restored in February 1997. In the next stage of the restoration the Great Trumpet rank was sent to the UK. - In dulci jubilo, a recording to support the organ restoration,, viewed 1 October 2016

Rejuvinated pipes November 2016

In late September 2016, the final stage of the restoration including the replacement of the bellows leather began. The work will cost around $140,000. - Ralph Lane, 30 September 2016 (pers com)

Spring Festival of Music

Some of the Concerts.

Church Organ being restored Church Organ being restoredRalph Lane with assistant Organ Restorer and Bellows Church Organ being restoredleather lining detail of bellows Church Organ being restoredBellows Cavity showing vents for air intake Church Organ being restored
Church Organ being restoredKeyboard and Pedals Church Organ being restoredChurch Organ being restoredParts removed for RestorationChurch Organ being restored

Church Organ being restoredA button found while restoring the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church's Hill and Son Organ

More about the Organ and Church