Marghanita da Cruz has been recording an Anecdotal History of Annandale since 1998. Marghanita guided this walk as part of the Annandale Heritage Festival in April 2015.
Adele and Alan Taylor married in Annandale in 1886. Taylor would go on to found Allen Taylor and Co, become and Alderman and Mayor of Annandale, in the 1890s, then Lord Mayor of Sydney and later a Member of the NSW Legislative Council. The walk is entwined with the Taylors and their local contemporaries Saint Mary Mackillop, John Young and Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation.
The book also covers the Engineering Heritage listed Annandale Sewage Aqueducts, the first reinforced concrete structure in Australia, and Public Transport in 1890s Annandale.
Annandale is a small inner city suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. In 1901, the colony of New South Wales joined a federation of six states to form the Commonwealth of Australia.
Federation Annandale: A Short Walk is the second book in a series which explores today's Annandale, while delving into its past. This book concentrates on the Annandale of the first decade of the 20th Century, with a brief diversion to 1808. Annandale is part of land granted to George Johnston in the 1790s. On 26th January 1808, Johnston lead Australia's only military coup.
The book covers the opening of a state of manufacturing piano factory, introduction of electricity and incineration, sculptors, the Mayor and Mayoress of Annandale, who went on to become Sir and Lady Taylor, and Mary Mackillop's convent in Annandale.
The book provides an illustrated history of Annandale in the decade 1910 to 1920 & 1810-1820, when over 1200 locals left Annandale as members of the Australian Imperial Force or to join British regiments. Written as a a self guided tour of the World War 1 honour boards and memorials around Annandale read the stories of the ANZACs whose names appear on them.
At home, there were battles over conscription and Rozelle Bay. A Rail Viaduct was constructed on the Annandale foreshore, to carry the Rail freight line around the bay rather than over it, via an opening bridge.
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