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Fenwick Estate, Roselands, 1942.

The suburb of Roselands was originally in the then large district of Belmore. In later years, some areas of Roselands were known as Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park. During August 1993, the boundaries of the suburb we know today were drawn and finally gazetted.

Roselands is named after the Roselands Golf Course, which was located at John Fenwick's 'Belmore House' in the 1940s. The name is probably a reference to the significant rose gardens surrounding Belmore House. Read more...

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Cooks River, Croydon Park, 1928.
This image has been randomly selected from the 775 images on Canterbury Commons. Each time you visit our site, you should see a new image here. Many of these photographs originated from Pictorial Canterbury, a unique visual record of Canterbury City from the mid 1800s to the present day. For even more, please visit this link

National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.

Highly Commended at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.
Highly Commended at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.
You'll find a treasure trove of articles here on subjects relevant to the City of Canterbury. The City of Canterbury is a local government area in south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Canterbury is located 11 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. We encourage you to add your own information and memories, no need to ask us - Search for relevant pages and click the 'edit' button, or create your own page. Check out the Guide to Canterbury Commons

War and Canterbury

Discover Canterbury District's contribution to the war efforts both overseas and on the home front. Access the biographies of 1,911 WWI volunteers, support from the home front, monuments, memorials, anti-German feeling, War Service Homes.

Canterbury Bulldogs

Explore the history and people of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Belmore.

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