Apr 18, 2012

Daceyville Centenary

This year Daceyville turns 100, something that in human, and cricket terms, is a good number to which to aspire. For a suburb, it’s an historical marker – and one worth celebrating.

In terms of history, Daceyville was the first public housing estate to be built in Australia. Indeed, a special piece of legislation created it, which the then Governor gave Royal Assent on April 24, 1912. Just seven weeks after the then Governor, who had the very impressive title and name, The Rt Hon The Lord Chelmsford, GCMG, affixed his signature to the Bill to make it an Act, work began in Daceyville. It’s continued ever since.

There were so many firsts in Daceyville but one stands out – it had the first planned cul-de-sac in Australia, Colonel Braund Crescent.

The suburb is just about split, as far as street names are concerned, between soldiers (from Generals to Corporals) and Captain Cook, the Endeavour and those who sailed on her.

Council and the Botany Historical Trust are planning to hold a number of special celebrations to mark the Daceyville Centenary. At the present time we’re looking at the June long weekend for the official celebrations.

The celebrations themselves will have a theme of informality, unlike the Generals whose names adorn Daceyville streets and cul-de-sacs. We’re looking at a picnic in the park and barbeque in Rowland Park, where there will also be a range of other activities for just about everyone.

We’ll have displays of memorabilia and we’re looking at a special exhibition in the George Hanna Memorial Museum.

On the exhibition, we’d like to hear from anyone who might have some Daceyville-related objects or stories. If anyone has, then please get in touch with the Curator of the Museum on 9366 3802.

Any locally-sourced objects and stories will be used to enhance the Daceyville centenary.

Over the next month we’ll finalise all aspects of the Daceyville centenary celebrations and we’ll let everyone know.

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