By Cathy Jones
Hammersmith Road Homebush West is one of the streets which virtually disappeared when Sydney Markets at Homebush West was constructed in the early 1970s and homes surrounding the site were acquired for expansion of the new markets. Streets such as Austin Avenue, Kerruish Avenue, Potts Street and Hudson Avenue have virtually disappeared or exist in name only as an entry point to the Markets.
The Strathfield Council Planning Map was prepared in the mid-1960s for the 1969 Strathfield Planning Scheme Ordinance and shows outlines of the land allotments located on Hammersmith Road at this time. By 1971, land was acquired for the redevelopment of the produce markets and Hammersmith Road was rezoned for this purpose.
The aerial photograph below is dated c.1947 and features Hammersmith Road and other streets which have since changed use.
The Sands Directory of 1931 recorded the following occupants living in Hammersmith Road in 1930-1931.
Some caution should be taken in researching past occupancy as the street was renumbered in 1959 and all house numbers were changed in this street.
Street Numbering – Hammersmith Road Homebush West
Odd Numbers (post 1959)
Even Numbers (post 1959)
|Pre-Feb 1959||Post-Feb 1959||
You may remember that my grandmother Doris Marguerite Pickering lived in Hammersmith Street.
Her mother, Bridget Madden nee Fahey, lived at “Day Dawn” number 42 I think.
Anyhow, they had a tennis court at the back of the property toward Parramatta Road.
Many competitions were held there over the years.
I have a metal cup awarded to Doris in 1935 for the “highest aggregate” in the Day Dawn Prog. Journey.
I can send a photo of the cup with its inscription if you would like to see it.
Robyn, happy to include any photos or information on the site. Thanks, Cathy
Richard Oakes married Myra Madden and Dick Sheehan married Eileen Madden. James Madden married Mary Tancred. John Fahey, Bridget Madden’s brother, owned number 9 and Doris with her husband Sam Puckering and children lived there.
These were siblings of Doris Pickering nee Madden.
Thomas Murphy married Cecilia Fahey, Bridget Maddens sister.