Looking for Thornleigh Residents – Past & Present

A sub-committee of Hornsby Shire Historical Society’s Research team has begun work on a comprehensive history of Thornleigh and would love to hear from residents whose family has connections with the suburb. When the suburb is mentioned names such as Henry Thorn, the Duffy family (too numerous to list individually), Miles McKay, Caleb Gambling, James Pink, William Harris, William Pollard, the Kentwell family, the O’Keeffe family, the Tankard family and Joseph Patterson come to mind. Besides family information we’d love details about some of the early businesses that flourished or to learn of special events held in the original School of Arts.

Of particular interest to the group are the flour mill that once stood on railway just north of the original Stationmaster’s Cottage and Hillmont the family home that gave Hillmont Avenue its name and which is now a nursing home.

The Historical Society is holding a Thornleigh Day at their museum in Kenley Road Normanhurst at 2pm on Saturday 11 May. Any descendant or former resident with information, copies of relevant documents and or family photographs is invited to attend. There will be a scanner so that documents and treasured photographs can be scanned in and returned to their owners.

For further information or to send documents and or photographs electronically please contact the secretaryhshs@gmail.com

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