THE STORYTELLERS

VIVIAN HODGSON

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Vivian Hodgson

Vivian Hodgson

 

VIVIAN HODGSON: It is the ‘Garden Suburb’ … it’s great for children because there are parks. I have a 7-year old autistic child, so parks with fences are very important. We go everywhere, from down the banks of the Yaralla Estate; we also go to Queen Elizabeth Park; everywhere in Concord. There’s more parks in Concord than pretty much anywhere else in Sydney.

OLEV MUSKA: Well that’s fantastic, isn’t it, and you can imagine what it was like in the old days.There was a real pastoral / rural feel to it. The great thing is that it seems to have retained that feel.

VIVIAN: Yes. Yeah, it has, and when I moved actually down to Concord West down in King Street for a while, I was speaking to my Uncle and he asked me whether the level crossing was still going.

OLEV: Goodness me! …

VIVIAN: If you look at the old photographs you’ll notice there’s about one or two houses dotted along Concord Road, and it wasn’t the most salubrious area because it was so close to the Longbottom Stockade.

OLEV: That’s right.

VIVIAN: So, yeah, it’s certainly grown so … and, you know, and it’s amazing that somewhere like Yaralla Estate is still intact! The whole of the …

OLEV: Well, would you say that they look after their heritage because with real estate prices going, up a lot of places are being torn down for the McMansion kind of thing or for multi-storey units.

VIVIAN: Yes, that place is protected. It is owned by the people of Concord and it is held very dearly and people don’t want it to go. So, but yeah, the grounds and the building could probably do with a bit of work and restoration, but the fact that its actually still standing - with … on a point - is incredible! And when you go down the bottom and you sort of … you know you’re looking at where they … cause they used to hold garden parties and all sorts of things down there and, you know, there used to be an old (what do you call it … a) jetty for the boats to come in and you know you are just walking along there and imagine there’s just a couple of rocks left, you know, from that jetty and it just, “Oh, wow!”

 

BACKGROUND

In response to community consultation, a number of local residents were interviewed and recorded. The sessions took place in December 2012 and February 2013 at Concord Library.

A short excerpt from each resident appears on this website. Together, they form a cross-section of insights into the wonderful community that is of and around the North Strathfield area.

The full interviews will be archived and available for borrowing at the City of Canada Bay Council Library Services.


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