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Raffle prize in the line of fire as batsmen hit 10 sixes

Raffle prize in the line of fire as batsmen hit 10 sixes

There was some big hitting at the NSW Premier cricket match at Raby 1 between the local side, the Ghosts, and Sydney. The visitors won the toss and batted pretty well, hitting a stack of boundaries and no fewer than 10 sixes, two of which landed on the club building. Club officials weren’t taking any chances so they quickly moved a brand new Hyundai Accent several metres back from the boundary fence, where it was on display. The Paul Wakeling car was first prize in the club’s major season raffle, which was drawn at the tea break. New club chiefs,… Read more »

Going, going, gone: rezoning bid for historic Macquarie Fields House

Going, going, gone: rezoning bid for historic Macquarie Fields House

Almost two years ago, on January 17, 2016, a development application to rezone land around Macquarie Fields House to allow for 100 homes was lodged with Campbelltown Council. Many pundits were predicting a long and bitter fight to defend the historic home and property established around 1838 off Campbelltown Road at Glenfield. Macquarie Fields House is of state and national heritage significance as one of the finest examples of early Australian residential architecture and to allow housing close up to it would have caused a major storm. But at the last council meeting, when Cr Paul Lake asked how the… Read more »

Lady Mary Fairfax’s legacy lives on in Harrington Park

Lady Mary Fairfax’s legacy lives on in Harrington Park

About 15 years ago I was fortunate enough to meet Lady Mary Fairfax at the opening of the community centre at Harrington Park. News of her death brought back memories of that day and what a down to earth person Lady Mary Fairfax was. She asked me a lot of questions about Fairfax’s local newspaper, the Macarthur Advertiser, where I was the editor, and she seemed to know quite a bit about it and the local area. In the media she was made out to be an eastern suburbs toff but I found her completely different. Harrington Park, and later… Read more »

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