Council seeks community feedback on Historical Marker sites

07/05/2018

Georges River Council is giving the community and local history enthusiasts the opportunity to have your say on Historical Marker locations proposed for sites in Hurstville, Kyle Bay, Peakhurst, Penshurst and Sans Souci. 

Mayor of Georges River Council, Councillor Kevin Greene, said the proposed locations, which were selected based on nominations from the community, reflect the rich and diverse history of the Georges River area.

“The proposed sites highlight the history, heritage and cultural identity of our area, and make a terrific first contribution to a growing open air museum of historical locations”.

“In Hurstville, Gannon’s Forest Post Office on Forest Road has been nominated to highlight early convict settler, original land developer and namesake for Hurstville’s previous name of ‘Gannon’s Forest’, Michael Gannon.”

“To reflect the cultural and historical significance shipbuilder Robert Kyle made to business in the local area, a marker has been proposed for Merriman Reserve in Kyle Bay.”

“Ogilvy Street, Peakhurst is the suggested site to commemorate Joe Anderson, also known as King Burraga, who recorded a message in 1933 via film for the people of Australia to acknowledge Aboriginal people as the land’s oldest culture and for Aboriginal people to be represented in the Federal Parliament.”

“Penshurst Park has been proposed to denote the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia, former Mayor of Hurstville City Council and indelible figure in the Penshurst area, Mervyn 'Merv' Lynch OAM.”

“Because of its cultural significance in developing the local community as a holiday and picnic site for residents in surrounding areas, Sans Souci Hotel has been nominated to receive a marker in Sans Souci Park.”

The proposed Historical Marker sites are open for community viewing and comment. To get involved, visit Council’s online community engagement portal, Have Your Say, via yoursay.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

For more information, contact Council on 9330 6400.