ALL ABOARD THE STEAM TRAM

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

The steam tram ser­vice from Par­ra­matta to Baulkham Hills be­gan in Au­gust 1902 pro­vid­ing mem­bers of the Farm­ers and Fruit­grow­ers Co-Op­er­a­tive in the Hills Dis­trict with a prac­ti­cal method of trans­port­ing farm pro­duce to Red­bank Wharf, Par­ra­matta, and thence by boat to the Sydney Mar­kets. It also of­fered a com­fort­able ride to town to the cit­i­zens of out­ly­ing farms.

The Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of New South Wales was granted land on Toongab­bie Creek in 1873 to cre­ate an ex­per­i­men­tal ‘model farm’. It was ini­tially used as graz­ing land but never de­vel­oped as the in­tended model farm.

De­vel­op­ers Hooker-Rex cre­ated the sub­urb of Win­ston Hills when they bought up prop­er­ties listed as Model Farms and Old Toongab­bie in the years 1960 to 1970. The name was cho­sen as a trib­ute to Win­ston Churchill, former Prime Min­is­ter of Eng­land who led the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. The main thor­ough­fare of the sub­urb lead­ing off Wind­sor Road is Churchill Drive which be­comes Caro­line Chisholm Drive af­ter a dis­tance of only one kilo­me­tre.

The de­vel­op­ers mar­keted the sub­ur­ban blocks with streets be­ing named in themed seg­ments. There are the Prime Min­is­ters of Eng­land: Wil­son, At­tlee, Bald­win, Dis­raeli, Mel­bourne, Asquith, Peel, Lloyd Ge­orge, Palmer­ston, Eden, and McMil­lan. There are writ­ers: Ten­nyson, Thack­eray, Dick­ens, Bel­loc, Keats, De­foe, Du­mas, Twain, Homer, Rud­yard. Sci­en­tists and in­ven­tors: Ein­stein, Mar­coni, Volta, Kelvin, Lis­ter, No­bel, Stephen­son, Eu­clid and Scot­tish links with Lomond, Glas­gow, Cale­do­nian, Roth­say, Skye, Banff, El­gin, Spey, Caith­ness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Cro­marty, and Ness.

Model Farms Road is a re­minder of the area’s agri­cul­tural past. The park at the cor­ner of Model Farms Road and Wind­sor Road marks the lo­ca­tion of the orig­i­nal Model Farms Rail­way Sta­tion. To­day there is a replica plat­form sign in the park.

Steam Tram on Wind­sor Road

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