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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23 2008
12 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 24, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Lost gardens back to life A workman gives Flora a helping hand as she makes a move from Drummoyne Council. VICTORIA ZIARKOWSKI Flora in her original place facing Drummoyne House. John Smith Collection, University of Sydney Archives BEFORE Sydney became a sea of rooftops, extravagant villas and lavish gardens made up its land- scape. Those gardens are the inspi- ration for Colleen Morris' book and exhibition, Lost Gardens of Sydney. The Sydney-based heritage con- sultant writes about Drummoyne House -- a 19th century villa so magnificent it became the name- sake of the Sydney suburb. Flora, a statue of the Roman goddess of spring, bloom and fer- tility, is one of the only remaining relics from that estate. She usually lives at Canada Bay Council chambers, but was loaned to Morris for her exhibition at the Museum of Sydney in the city. An old ballustrade, the only other evidence of the 1850s villa, can be seen from across the Parra- matta River. That ballustrade once led to a ''kitchen garden, orchard and pleasure ground with walks edged in stonework,'' Morris said in her book. ''The rear of the house was all laid out in squares, echoing earlier colonial gardens. ''An extensive croquet lawn, said to be the largest in Sydney -- 140 feet long -- was being formed on the western side of the garden. And ''a statue of Flora . . . stood in the centre of the lawn, advertis- ing its owner's familiarity with classical Rome and Renaissance Italy, at a time when such al- lusions were a measure of social status. ''But this Flora was no slender imported model. She was a wide- hipped, solid colonial goddess.'' The history of Drummoyne House and 17 other gardens all lost, substantially destroyed or on the brink of disappearing, come back to life in paintings and photographs in Morris' book. The book retails at $49.95 but the $10 entry to the museum is de- ducted from that. The exhibition is open daily between August 9 and November 30 from 9.30am to 5pm at the Museum of Sydney, corner of Phillip and Bridge streets, in the city. For details phone 9251 5988. BRIEFLY Football stars WESTFIELD Burwood is giving football fans a chance to meet Sydney FC stars Tony Popovic, Steve Corica, Brendon Santalab and Jacob Timpano at centre stage at 5pm on Thursday, July 31. Supporters can have their photo taken with their heroes or get an autograph. Fans can also become part of the Sydney FC family, with memberships available to purchase on the day. Migrant graduates SIX classes of migrants and refugees graduated on Monday with dual qualifications in English and vocational skills at the NSW Adult Migrant English Service (AMES) in Burwood. The vocational courses qualify migrants and refugees to work in industries that are experiencing skill shortages. Charity ball COMMUNITIES for Communities is hosting a charity ball at the Waterview Convention Centre at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay, on Friday, August 1. All proceeds go towards a special-purpose playground being constructed for Lucas Gardens School in Five Dock, which caters for children with disabilities. Tickets cost $150 per person, which includes a gourmet three-course meal, beer and wine, plus dancing to the John Field Band. Book online at www. communitiesforcommunities. com.au or phone Jacque Weaver on 0419 419 803.
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