April 1 – A for ARNCLIFFE
Arncliffe is a suburb of Sydney, NSW, Australia. It has an area of 3.6km2 and is 11 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD, on the Illawarra train line. It was established in 1840, with its name coming from a small village in North Yorkshire, England and today is home to a diverse population.
It is also where I spent the first eight and a bit years of my life.
I attended Althestane Public school, from Kinder to the start of Year 4. The school is named after Althestane, a notable home in the area, with magnificent magnolia trees. These trees were left in the school yard and last time I went past they were still there. My elder sister was one of the first pupils of the school, when it opened in 1952. In the 1990’s I also taught at the school and it was a funny being back there.
Arncliffe Park was once a market garden owned by Kim Too and was proclaimed a park in 1884. I played in Arncliffe Park, with its War Memorial in the middle. The swings were under trees close to Mitchell Street. I remember attending an ANZAC service there, with the school.
My mother also lived in Arncliffe and was married at St David’s Anglican Church, on Forest Road. Both my sister and I were christened there.
We left Arncliffe in late March 1964 and I started at Jannali Primary School on 1 April 1964.
Bye for now,