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St George Hotel, Belmore, [group portrait], ca 1919.

The name Belmore had been associated with the area since 1869, when a local school was named after the Governor of NSW, the Earl of Belmore.

The area had been settled long before this with the first land grant given to Hannah Laycock in 1804. This land grant was for 500 acres and was located in the areas we know today as Kingsgrove. Hannah Laycock called her estate King's Grove as a mark of gratitude to Governor King who gave her the grant. The remainder of Belmore was granted in two periods; 1810 and the early 1830's. Read more...

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Line drawing of home featured in the Campsie Park Estate Advertising Brochure. ca 1885.
This image has been randomly selected from the 784 images on Canterbury Commons. Each time you visit our site, you should see a new image here. Many of these photographs originated from Pictorial Canterbury, a unique visual record of Canterbury City from the mid 1800s to the present day. For even more, please visit this link

National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.

Highly Commended at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.
Highly Commended at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2013.
You'll find a treasure trove of articles here on subjects relevant to the City of Canterbury Bankstown. The City of Canterbury Bankstown is a local government area in south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Canterbury is located 11 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. We encourage you to add your own information and memories, no need to ask us - Search for relevant pages and click the 'edit' button, or create your own page. Check out the Guide to Canterbury Commons

War and Canterbury

Discover Canterbury District's contribution to the war efforts both overseas and on the home front. Access the biographies of 1,911 WWI volunteers, support from the home front, monuments, memorials, anti-German feeling, War Service Homes.

Canterbury Bulldogs

Explore the history and people of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Belmore.

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