History comes alive through unique tour
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Mrs Fitzgerald’s heart – the historian was born in the front room of the estate and grew up in it.
“My great grandparents bought it in 1900,” she said.
“It’s everything because it was the only place I knew until we moved out in 1970.”
While the estate is fenced off, tour participants will get a rare opportunity to see the inside of the house Mrs Fitzgerald called home.
The historian said she hoped the tour would offer a deeper insight into how much times have changed.
Lunch will be at the Alroy Tavern, once a mansion owned by the brother of a famous male soprano, Peter Dawson.
The Distillery, which is where the tour will stop for afternoon tea, is the repurposed Minchinbury Winery.
Mrs Magann said the society worked with The Distillery’s owner to preserve the historic sanctity of the site. “Blacktown today is one of only a handful of councils in Australia that still has its original boundaries,” Mrs Magann said.
She said the history of Mt Druitt was significant because Rooty Hill Government House is what she believed laid the infrastructural foundations for Blacktown Council today.
Her favourite sites are St Bartholomew’s Church and The Distillery.
The tours will run from 9am to 5pm today, tomorrow and Friday. Bookings are essential and the cost is a gold coin donation but does not include lunch and afternoon tea. For details, call Blacktown Council on 9839 6000.
Sue Fitzgerald lived at Neobile House, which is part of the heritage tour that also includes (inset from top) Mt Druitt Memorial Hall, The Oaks and The Manse.