CHAMPION COLUMN | Party like it's 1829!

1824: Joseph Lycett, Liverpool. Picture: National Library of Australia
1824: Joseph Lycett, Liverpool. Picture: National Library of Australia

The rezoning announcement for the Liverpool CBD (see page 4) rang some old bells for me. Hadn’t I heard it all before? Oh, yes, it was back in 1829, no less. I kid you not!

Writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, the anonymous author identifying himself only as “a settler on the Georges River”, extolled the virtues of his town, Liverpool. The latest announcement echoes the early settler who in 1829 championed Liverpool’s medical facilities, its architecture, real estate and transport opportunities, parklands and social activities.

He writes: “It is now we see the most magnificent building in the colony completed and fitted up as a house for the needy and afflicted; it is now we see the regulations for the disposal of town allotments in which the interests of townships are consulted by the inducements held out for persons not only to occupy but improve; it is now we see the hulls of vessels of 30 and 40 tons burthen, traversing the streets of Liverpool to be introduced to their native clement; it is now we see sloops, schooners, fishing boats, and coasters surrounding the channels of Georges River and crowding Drummond’s wharf of Liverpool; it is now we see the erection of extensive buildings and splendid Inns for the accommodation of travellers, and as though the spell was broken, it is now we see the social conviviality of subscription dinners and club meetings.

“The rising dawn of Liverpool promised such great things to its founder and his worthy successors have by their support confirmed his choice in the establishment of a town at the head of Georges River, how confident may the inhabitants of Liverpool and adjoining districts feel in the prospect of their future advancement.

“Liverpool will someday realise what we anticipate it being – one of the largest and most useful inland towns, with brigs, sloops, schooners and coasting boats navigating the channels of the Georges River, while its banks for 30 miles and more shall become the parks of our Sydney grandees and the retreat of sportsmen, and invalids who frequent our shores for the benefit of our Sicilian climate.”

Everything old is new again!

GLEN op den BROUW

President, Liverpool & District Historical Society

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