The Eurimbla Precinct was a small residential suburban district of about 3 hectares just to the south west of Randwick, New South Wales, Australia. Randwick itself has grown from a small European settlement founded in 1847 to become the City of Randwick, occupying a large part of the eastern suburbs of Sydney and being bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean and on the south by Botany Bay.
In June 2017 the NSW Government announced that the 92 buildings contained within the cul-de-sac of Eurimbla Avenue together with its adjacent neighbours on the east side of Botany Street and the north side of Magill Street, would be compulsorily acquired to make way for the Randwick Campus (Prince of Wales Hospital) Redevelopment. Of these buildings, over 80 were still residential dwellings, initially typical of the single storey 2-3 bedroom Sydney houses built in the early 1900s. This area had become a locality containing a close knit residential community that had existed for the past 100 years.
In January 2018, a small group of local historians decided to collect material relating to the social history of the current and former residents of the soon-to-be demolished houses, in order to provide a permanent record of the area, both as a book and as an accompanying website.
The Eurimbla Precinct History Association Inc. now has a collection that includes oral history interviews with current and former residents, hundreds of photographs, memoirs, poems and artefacts. Considerable historical research tracing the history of the area has also been undertaken. All this material has now been catalogued and the process is currently underway to organise it into a format ready for publication.
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I have been enjoying the book and [my husband and I think that it is a remarkable achievement.
I had a quick look and yes My great grandparents, my Grandfather and family are listed as connected with Magill St. I remember the Sandhills and only bush at the end of Magill St they say that's history. A big thank you to those who have put the history of this area in writing. I have read pages 37/38 - 1883 4 Magill St and it fits in with when I researched my ancestors and also what my mother told me about her life living in Magill St. What an ending to 2020 a book that has me smiling.
The book is absolutely fabulous. Loved reading through it. You folks did an amazing job.
I just want to thank you so much for this wonderful book. [My husband] and I have spent all afternoon looking through it, and enjoying all the amazing research that you have done. What a marvelous collection of stories, facts, history and photos!! It is truly a delight to read through. We have a lot of books on our shelves, but I think that this is going to be one of the most special!! I can't thank you enough for preserving all those memories for so many of us. Congratulations!! It is a really beautiful book
[My son] has given me the book. It's fantastic. You guys did a sterling job, you should be very, very proud of your achievement. It's beautifully documented and illustrated. Thank you so much for all your effort.
Oh my goodness. I showed mum the section on [our] family in the book and she cried out of pure joy. Mum is 94. She looked at the photos and the people and it brought back so many fond memories.
To all the Eurimbla Precinct former residents, especially those who, despite being in the midst of their own personal life’s upheaval, gave us such enthusiastic support. They not only provided an overwhelming amount of social history material, but even found the time to organise fund-raising events in support of the project. To Randwick City Council, who provided a generous Community Grant, and to former Randwick Mayors Lindsay Shurey and Kathy Neilson, and West Ward Councillor Philipa Veitch for their ongoing encouragement and support.
This website will be added to as the project nears completion.
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