'White's Corner' Liverpool Road Strathfield South

‘White’s Corner’ Strathfield South

The Strathfield South shops on the corner of Liverpool Road (Hume Highway) and Homebush Road are also locally known as ‘Whites’ Corner’

The “White” of “White’s Corner” was a grocery shop operated by E R White in the 1920s.  According to Sands Directory, E R White’s shop was located on the north-west corner of Homebush Road and Liverpool Road.  Entries in the early 1930s also refer to White’s Service Station and Sawmill.

I’m not sure of the origin of the photo but possibly it is from the State Library.  The photograph shows the Crossways Hotel, which was built in 1930. It is likely the photograph is c.1930s.

The banner is from a 1957 edition of The Citizen, a local paper, which shows the local adoption of the name ‘White’s Corner’ for the South Strathfield Shopping Centre.

White's Corner - The Citizen November 7 1957
White’s Corner – The Citizen November 7 1957


  1. White’s Corner

    East of the three shops with arched upper floor balconies, that can be seen behind the Bushell’s Tea advertisement, there was a smaller single story shop. At the rear of this building “Barber Bill” cut men’s hair in the 1960s. In this establishment I regularly received a standard “short back and sides” that perfectly suited my prep school cloth cap. By 1970, when I had progressed in head gear to a straw boater, I moved on to salons in Burwood Road where I was able to be more adventurous in hair styling. Does anyone else have memories of Bill and details of who he was?


  2. The barber was Billy Gilbert who used to cut hair in a room at the back of Sellwood’s News Agency. Bill Hehir also had a barbers shop next to the South Strathfield Post Office.

    Bob Jones


    1. Thank you for that information Bob. My “Barber Bill” was behind a news agency so he must have been Billy Gilbert. Do you know how long he continued to cut hair?


      1. As the ’60s rolled on there was less and less demand for men’s haircuts, for obvious reasons, so Bill Gilbert gave up barbering and took over the news agency. I moved out of the area in 1971 so I’m not sure how long Bill Hehir’s shop survived. There was a young barber at Hehir’s also who I think was probably Bill’s son. The ’60s and ’70s were not a great time for people to get into the old-fashioned suburban barbering game.


  3. I remember whites corner as we moved there in 1973 from another house in Strathfield. My mum went to the primary school there and so did myself and my 2 sisters. My mum was very involved in the school as a volunteer up until the day she died in 1982. This photo is such a great memory


    1. Hi Vicki, Was your great grandfather married to a woman named Lily nee Remfrey, as I have a great great uncle of that name and he ran White’s corner.


      1. Hi Janene & Vicki,
        I too am a great grand daughter of Edward Robert White and Lily M Remfry. Where are you located? Any further details?


  4. Hi,
    My grandparents rented the two story accommodation behind the Newsagency, my grandmother worked there and I had my hair cut in the barber shop many times as a child. I’m pretty sure the centre arched balcony was my bedroom until I was three in 1955 when my parents moved out to Croydon Park. My mother had three sisters who all grew up behind the shop, the Speers girls, one sister married the boy next door in the fruit shop where he and his brothers from Sicily started their lives in Australia. My Aunt moved one street away and had a family while still running the fruit shop, still lives there today, the other brothers moved on and were all successful elsewhere in Sydney. I think I can remember a soft drink factory across the road that burnt down one night, not sure, but the fights at the pub and car accidents were occasional entertainment. Stumbled onto this site while looking for accomodation for a visit to my Aunt’s with my aged mother. Cheers to all.


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