Week 4 May 2007:

We travelled south early this week to visit our children. The first stop was Westmead near Parramatta. We visited two places of historic interest near in the Parramatta area. Firstly we went to Holroyd Park this was the site of the Goodlet and Smith Brickworks that opened in 1878 and closed in the mid 1970ís. Some chimneys, kilns and other equipment have been preserved. Information boards have been erected throughout the site. These describe the methods used in brick making and the hazards of working in this industry in the early days. We spent a very informative morning at this historical site.

The next day we visited Newington Armory (we queried this spelling but it is the alternative spelling to armoury according to the Oxford Dictionary) situated on the banks of the Parramatta River. The Armory was in use until the 1990ís and was used to store munitions. Since its closure the Armory is open to the public on weekends. A narrow gauge train line traverses the site and is now used for guided tours of the extensive facilities.

We were interested to visit the Armory because this is where the Tartar missiles were stored. In another life we worked as civilian technicians for the Australian Navy testing and repairing this missile. We were fortunate to see a full scale model, of the Tarter, in the Amory museum.

After a few days in Westmead we headed south to Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.

On the first day we went for a walk in the Box Vale Reserve near Mittagong. We saw Waratahs (unfortunately not in flower) and other plants native to this area including a dwarf She Oak. Allocasuarina nana reaches a height of only one metre and is a plant with great horticultural potential.

The rest of our time at Mittagong was spent helping our son build a deck at the back of his home. This took some time because it is a rather large deck.

We also visited a new Big W supermarket complex in Mittagong. The first ironworks, in New South Wales, was established in Mittagong. A large area, of the remains of the ironworks, has been preserved in the supermarket car park.

For the first time we used the digital photo printing facilities in the supermarket. The postcard sized prints cost 25 cents each and we were very pleased with the results. In future we will print our digital photos at Big W supermarkets.


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