The soul of a country town, St Johns Church, Camden

On the hill overlooking the Camden town centre is a church building that represents the historic, moral and emotional heart of community. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the church represents the soul of the town, which was built below it on the Nepean River floodplain in the mid-19th century. Metaphor for…

El Caballo Blanco, A Forgotten Past

Catherine Fields once boasted a national tourist facility which attracted thousands of visitors a year to the local area, the El Caballo Blanco entertainment complex. The El Caballo Blanco complex opened in April 1979 at Catherine Fields. The main attraction was a theatrical horse show presented with Andalusian horses, which was held daily in the…

Beulah and Sydney’s Urban Sprawl

Beulah and Sydney’s Urban Sprawl Beulah is an historic farm property on Sydney south-west rural-urban fringe. Beulah has a frontage to Sydney’s notorious Appin Road and is an area of Sydney’s ever increasing urban sprawl. The property is caught in a pincer movement between two new land releases at Appin and Mount Gilead. These developments…

Lost Campbelltown heritage

Lost Campbelltown heritage Campbelltown and surrounding areas have lost much in the way of their local heritage. Does anyone care and more to the point does anyone notice? Heritage is what the community considers of value at present and is worthy of handing on to the next generation. It is a moveable feast and changes…

Place making at Narellan NSW

Place making at Narellan NSW There has been an attempt at place making in Narellan in the new extension of the local shopping mall, Narellan Town Centre. The centre owner states on its website that: New civic plazas and entertainment precincts including a fantastic indoor / outdoor restaurant and casual dining precinct where you will…