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Self Guided Illustrated Historical Walks

Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s.

1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple Federation Annandale A Short Walk Marghanita da Cruz Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers 1920s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of 1920s Flats 1930s Annandale: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of an Art Deco Pub 1940s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of street with aircraft being towed. 50s Annandale A Short Walk,  Marghanita da Cruz

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Two People in roomJane and Allen in former waxed wine tank, Wayward Brewery 13 Sep 2015

Pyrmont Bridge Road

Map of Grant to William Bligh, 10 August 1836 showing Water Street, Rose Street, Elizabeth St and Parramatta Road, Camperdown: 1846 Map at New TollGate showing new Bridge over new straightened Parramatta Road -

Gehrig Wine Merchants

In 1886 Plumber and Gasfitter J McGregor described their new larger premises as opposite Gehrig's Wine Stores in Pyrmont Bridge Road.1 In 1888 Henry Gehrig wine and spirit merchant was at Pyrmont Bridge Road Camperdown.2 1886 Map shows Caraher's soap works - (eastern side of Pyrmont Bridge Road where it joins Parramatta Road, virtually opposite Fowler's Pottery. On the Western corner is McBride's Hotel. The Map was advertising land between Water Street and Johnston's Creek and Pyrmont Bridge Road and Rose Street.

In 1863, the vineyards of the Murray and Ovens included 2 acres of 3,4 and 5 year old vines, belonging to Mr Gehrig Senior, producing 1140 gallons of wine and half an acre, belonging to Mr Gehrig Junior, producig 540 gallons.3 While in 1867, Mr Gehrig of Albury claimed to have found a cure for Cumberland disease (Anthrax) and was willing to share it for a fee.4

The "Fashionable Wedding at Camperdown" of James Larkin and Miss E Gehrig took place in November 1889. After a ceremony in the Catholic church on Missenden Road, with three priests officiating, the reception was held at the Camperdown Town Hall. The bride wore rich white satin, with silk trimmings and a wreathe of orange blossom and was attended by five bridesmaids in blue and pink. After the wedding breakfast, the bride and groom left for Katoomba. In the evening the guests danced to the strains of Mr Boxall's band.5

In 1890 Charles Gehrig, of Albury Wine Cellars, Pyrmont Bridge road registered a patent for "an improved method and apparatus for the treat ment of wine".6

The Taylor Street and Gehrig branch of the Johnstone's Creek stormwater channel was completed in September 1900. This would have put the stream shown on the map underground.7

In 1910 Charles Gehrig, who was described as "the well known wine merchant of Camperdown" was attacked as he was entering his Drumoyne Home. He could offer the police no possible motive for the attack.8

In 1927, Gehrig NSW Wines Limited advertised a float of 100,000 shares to raise £100,000 with an abridged prospectus in the Brisbane Courier.9

Caldwell's wines

General Meeting of the Members of Caldwell's Wines Limited at 74 Bridge Road, called by Liquidator on 29 October 1920.10

Spirit Merchant's License granted to Caldwell's Wines (Limited), 74-82 Pyrmont Bridge road, Camperdown from 12 Oct 1919 to 11 Oct 1920.11

For the festive board at Christmas time, Caldwell Wines recommended their gold medal winning port, sherry and hock along with their Muscat, Madeira, Golden Tokay, Frontignao and white Muscatel. They also stocked sparkling wines, brandy etc. "Australian wines have now a very high reputation in Europe, and are much prized by connoisseurs for their flavour and bouquet. -Wine is considered an eminently suitable drink for Australians. Anyone requiring supplies or a price list could contact Caldwell's Wines, Ltd., 74-82 Bridge Road, Camperdown, Sydney.12

Caldwell's wines exhibited their Royal reserve ports and sherries and "Oronga " an orange wine cocktail in an attractive display in the new wine pavilion at the Royal Easter Show. Their brandy wasn't bottled or sold until it was a few years old.13

In 1951, issued ordinary and preference shares to increase their capital from £192,326 to £260,000 - Caldwell's Wines Ltd.14

Wayward Brewery

people silhouetted outside Wayward BreweryWayward Brewery had a soft launch on Sunday 13 September 2015.

People standing around in a buildingLeichhardt Fringe

Leichhardt Fringe closing party and Fast Art Awards 2-8pm Sunday 27 September 2015. Wayward Brewery 1 Gehrig Lane Camperdown.


  1. 1886 'Advertising.', Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW : 1884 - 1907), 2 October, p. 5, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  2. 1888 'BANKRUPTCY COURT.', Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), 2 June, p. 13, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  3. 1863 'THE VINEYARDS OF THE MURRAY AND OVENS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 28 May, p. 7, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  4. 1867 'ITEMS OF NEWS.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 24 June, p. 2, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  5. 1889 'THE CATHEDRAL BUILDING FUND.', Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), 16 November, p. 15, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  6. 1890 'Patents Office Transactions.', The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), 19 July, p. 146, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  7. 1900 'The Sydney Morning Herald.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 27 June, p. 6, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  8. 1910 'Sandbaggers at Drummoyne.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 8 February, p. 4, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  9. 1927 'Advertising.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 29 April, p. 11, viewed 14 September, 2015,
  10. 1920 'CALDWELL'S WINES, LIMITED.', Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), 24 September, p. 5725. , viewed 08 Nov 2016,
  11. 1919 'SPIRIT MERCHANTS' LICENSES.', Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), 24 October, p. 5755. , viewed 08 Nov 2016,
  12. 1921 'Caldwell's Wines.', The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW : 1882 - 1950), 19 November, p. 4. , viewed 08 Nov 2016,
  13. 1938 'MISCELLANEOUS EXHIBITS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 18 April, p. 6. , viewed 08 Nov 2016,
  14. 1951 'Company News', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 16 March, p. 15. (LATE FINAL EXTRA), viewed 08 Nov 2016,

This page last updated 8 November 2016.