Strathfield’s Industrial Heritage Exhibition

The Industrial Heritage of Strathfield Exhibition, Minding Our Business was exhibited from June to September 2022 at Strathfield Library.  The exhibition was developed and presented by Strathfield-Homebush District Historical Society and Strathfield Council.

This exhibition explores the many businesses which were based on the Strathfield district from the 19th century, usually located close to rivers or transport such as railways and major roads. The district’s central location facilitated transportation of materials and goods across Sydney and beyond from businesses as diverse as Arnott’s Biscuits, EMI/HMV records, Ford Car manufacturing, Textile factories, Flour Mills, Cattle and Sheep Stockyards and Brickworks. Industrial development also supported growth of worker populations and housing in the southern and northern ends of the Strathfield Council area in the early to mid 20th century.

Exhibition opening

The well attended exhibition was opened by Cr Matthew Blackmore, Mayor of Strathfield at Strathfield Library on Thursday, 16 June 2022.  The event was also attended by the Deputy Mayor, Cr Karen Pensabene and Councillors Cai, Hall and Datta.


Two talks were held during the exhibition period on Sunday 31 July 2022 and Monday 5 September 2022 on the History of the Homebush Stockyards from Jenny Macritchie, Local Studies Advisor at Strathfield Council; and History of Arnotts Biscuits from Cathy Jones, Secretary Strathfield-Homebush District Historical Society.

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