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.

Main pic­ture: PETER KELLY

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.

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