Henry Bray

Neighbourhood Stories celebrates the lives, stories and experiences of the community surrounding the North Strathfield Shopping Village, past and present. The project is an identified action in the City of Canada Bay North Strathfield Place Plan.

In 1859, Henry David Bray, the grandson of Captain John and Mary Bray and the third Mayor of Concord, was granted 22 acres of land which included the land on which the North Strathfield Shopping Village and surrounding residential area stand today. In 1861, his property, Clermont House (currently Ardill House), designed by architect John Bibb, was built. Henry's brother, Alfred Llewellyn Bray was the first Mayor of Concord in 1883.

In 1917, subdivision of Bray's land commenced transforming this semi-rural area into a potential new suburb and retail precinct. The subdivision occurred at an opportune time, as the Yaralla School (currently Strathfield Public School) had opened in 1915 and a train station had been recently installed. The subdivision, advertised to potential businesses and residents, was promoted as a highly desirable new suburb with golf club, schools, churches and new train station. In 1929, the fire station opened.

This project documents the suburban evolution of this Place over the last 100 years, whilst also recognising the rich cultural diversity. In the 1920's the community was predominantly Anglo-Saxon, with significant southern European immigration after World War II and a growing Asian community since the 1980s. The project has demonstrated a cohesive community with pride in their Place.

A central element to this project was the involvement of past and present community members. In 2012, the community was invited to participate in this project which has culminated in an exhibition at Concord Library and this online Neighbourhood Stories heritage collection.

A big thank you to all who participated!



Project Coordination

  • Kate Woodbridge, Economic Development Coordinator, Community Development
  • Lisa Wilson Whatley, Community Project Officer, Community Development
  • Caroline Hillen, Strategic Planner, Environmental and Planning Services
  • Angela Pasqua, Cultural Development and Public Art Specialist, Community Development

Local History Support

  • David Sansome, Local Studies Librarian, Library Services


    2012, 2013
  • Olev Muska, OLEV design | production | education
    2002, 2007
  • Lola Sharp, Concord Heritage Society

Branding and Web Design

  • Olev Muska, OLEV design | production | education




In response to community consultation, a number of local residents were interviewed and recorded. The sessions took place in December 2012 and February 2013 at Concord Library.

A short excerpt from each resident appears on this website. Together, they form a cross-section of insights into the wonderful community that is of and around the North Strathfield area.

The full interviews will be archived and available for borrowing at the City of Canada Bay Council Library Services.

>>> There is more to our story. If you can assist in filling in the gaps and/or providing photos, please email us