'50s Annandale: A Short Walk
In the 1850s WS Jevons came to Sydney to work as an Assayer at the new Mint. Jevons and his colleague came to live at Annangrove in Annandale. Jevons wrote numerous
letters to his family describing his life in Sydney and his walks and trips from Annangrove Cottage.
50s Annandale: A Short Walk is the seventh book in the series. It takes you on a walk through Annandale of the 1850s and 1950s.
In the 1950s, Sydney's Tram network was shut down. This saw the end of Tram services through Annandale, along the Crescent, Booth Street and Parramatta Road.
Marghanita presented 50s Annandale as a virtual walk in April 2017. At the end of April 2017, Marghanita was pre-selected as the Greens lead candidate for Councillor of the Leichhardt Ward of the Inner West Council.
On 9 September 2017, Marghanita da Cruz was elected to the Inner West Council.
Cover Photograph: Tram on the Crescent, Annandale courtesy of Steve Tyrell via flickr: Steve Terrill (Walkingalongthetrail)
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50s Annandale: A Short Virtual Walk
In the footsteps of WS Jevons
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. Jevons also carried out weather observations and reported them in Henry Parke's newpaper. Before leaving Sydney, Jevons produced a social map of the city. Back in England, jevons went on to design a "logical piano" (a mechanical computer) and to publish on mathematics and economics, including on why coal should not be taxed.
Horse Drawn Omnibuses, Steam and electric Trams have all transported passengers along Parramatta Road until the 1950s.
This virtual tour is part of the Annandale Heritage Festival and will form the basis of Marghanita's seventh book in a series which presents Annandale's History as Short Walks.
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 (incl GST)
Bookings & Enquiries: Tel: 0414-869202, Email: email@example.com or via Eventbrite
The suburb of Annandale did not exist. It was a part of Robert Johnston's Annandale Estate.
Annandale House, the Johnston's residence was south of Parramatta Road and there were a handful of buildings north of the thoroughfare.
- James Bradley's Boarding School at Annangrove Cottage ran into difficulties
- William Stanley Jevons came to live in Annangrove Cottage
- In 1850 Mrs Thompson and in 1859, Mrs Ardnam gave birth to baby girls, at their homes at Annandale Cottage, their mother's residence
- In 1851, the Sydney Salting Company wrapped up its failing operations on the foreshore.
- Subdivision began with "ANNANDALE ESTATE NORTH, CAMPERDOWN 99 YEARS' LEASES" being advertised in 1855...more
- In 1855, the Annandale Toll Gate operator purchased tokens from Sydney Medalist J.C. Thornthwaite
- Across Parramatta Road, the new Railway cut through the estate..more
- WS Jevons came to live at Annangrove with Francis Bower Millerand his wife and brother in law servant
- Jevons wrote numerous letters from Annangrove Cottage and kept a journal: LETTERS AND JOURNAL OF W. STANLEY JEVONS. - William Stanley Jevons, Letters and Journal 
- Jevons also took a photograph of Annangrove Cottage, himself his friends, operations at the Mint and around Sydney: WM Jevons Album, Rylands Collection, University of Manchester
- Logic Machine, by W. Stanley Jevons, Manchester, 1869: www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
- Jevon's Telescope is on display at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney collection.maas.museum/object/140049 along with a Barometer (collection.maas.museum/object/258880), like the one he used to collect information for his weather reports in the Empire Newspaper: trove.nla.gov.au.
- Jevon's ramblings took him to Norwood (MAP F 108)
- Locomotive No. 1 which hauled the first train in 1855 is on display at the Powerhouse Museum. More at Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
- W.H. Paling composed the "Sydney Railway waltz : dedicated to Wm. Randle for the opening of the railway in 1855. More at NLA Trove
- At the end of Christine McKay's Primary education at Annandale Public School, there were three high school options. The headmaster advised her mother, that Christine was too bright for Leichhardt Domestic Science School, would have to work had with the elite at Fort Street Girls High and so Christine went to Burwood Girls High School...more
- In 1956, "Rev. Leonard Mervyn Williams and his wife Dilys arrived at the Hunter Baillie...more
- In 1959, Julie and her family migrated from Malta and came to live in Annandale...more
- The Margaret Barr Dance Group...more
- The Sydney Push...more
- Migrants came from the Aegean to Annandale and opened milkbars
- Leichhardt Municipal Tramways Tram crossing Johnstons Bridge.https://is.gd/LysuMr
- Leichhardt Municipal Tramways Tram on Parramatta Road near Annandale St https://is.gd/b2VRfL
- Leichhardt Municipal Tramway Parramatta Road near intersection with Johnston Street.https://is.gd/skKT8c
- Leichhardt Municipal Tramways on Parramatta road, possibly at Station Street Leichhardt (showing pedestrians on crossing on parramatta road) https://is.gd/rbPXq7
- Tram 1682 on Parramatta Road, Leichhardt. The Olympia Milk Bar, Stanmore in background.https://is.gd/F5Qucb
- Leichhardt Municipal Tramways. (looking towards Strand Theatre and Annandale)https://is.gd/gRLf5f
- More Photographs of Trams in Annandale: flickr