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100th Birthday of Carss Bush Park (Council-led event)

Carss Bush Park
26/01/2024 - 29/02/2024

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the public reserve known as Carss Bush Park, an outdoor exhibition of historic images will be on display in Carss Park near the bay until 29 February 2024.

The outdoor exhibition will be accessible to park visitors and features large historical photographs. The exhibition will be installed on three large cubes which acknowledge the enduring connection of the Bidjigal People to the area and showcases the way Carss Park has developed through the early 19th Century to more recent times.

Come and celebrate the 100th birthday of the cherished public reserve, Carss Bush Park.
 

Friday 26 January 2024 – Thursday 29 February 2024

 

Address

Carss Bush Park
Carwar Ave, Carss Park.
 

Cost

Free.
 

Bookings

No bookings required.
 

More information

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Georges River Libraries on (02) 9330 6111 or library@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

Some History
The land now known as Carss Bush Park was purchased in 1863 by Scottish cabinet-maker William Carss, after its original purchase from the Crown in 1854 and a number of subsequent changes of ownership.
 
Mr Carss – who arrived in Australia in 1831 – built a sandstone cottage for his family at the site, and the land remained in the Carss family until 1916, when it was bequeathed to the Sydney Sailors’ Home, whose trustees lacked the means to develop it.
 
In 1922, candidates backed by the Blakehurst Progress Association successfully negotiated the purchase of the Carss Estate for £12,000, leading to the dedication of Carss Bush Park on what was then known as Anniversary Day on 25 January 1924.
 
For a century since that dedication, Carss Bush Park has been treasured by the community and praised as one of the finest reserves in the Sydney region.
 
Other notable features within the park include the William Carss Vault, a rare Sydney example of a solitary burial vault, and the historic Carss Cottage, which is now a museum managed by the Kogarah Historical Society showcasing changing displays and regular talks on local history.