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The upcoming Centenary of Milperra celebrations will hold special significance for at least one long-term resident.
Sue Fogarty’s father, Reginald Cowper, purchased a poultry farm in 1953 on a five-hectare soldier settlement site in Milperra.
"I loved growing up in Milperra. I went to Milperra Public School and I remember riding my horse to school and coming home to the smell of the orchid next door," Ms Fogarty said.
"We used to make our own butter, milk our own cows and have bonfires all the time. It was great. We also supplied 300 dozen eggs to government agencies twice a week, sold 100 dozen eggs to the community, as well as chickens.
"I remember taking the cows down to Georges River for the grass. There was so much freedom and space - no houses or cars around. What a precious life. I feel very fortunate to have lived in Milperra back then."
The Cowper family’s land was a working farm from 1953 up until 1981. It was the last of the poultry farms in Milperra to be subdivided into residential land.
"Everyone had a farm block but as they got older and the years passed, these were sold and houses were built," Ms Fogarty said.
Ms Fogarty and her family continue to reside at the site of the former farmland, which encompasses Eynham Road, Whittle Avenue and Cowper Court (named after the Cowper family).
To mark the centenary, the City of Canterbury Bankstown, in partnership with Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare, will be hosting a number of activities at a community event on Sunday 9 April at Newland Reserve.
The event will run from 11am-2pm and include free rides, children’s activities, displays, a BBQ and performances by the Royal Australian Navy Band, local dance schools and vocalists from the Canterbury-Bankstown Talent Advancement Program.
For more information about the event, go to cb.city/events or call 9707 9000 or 9790 2466.
23/03/2017 1:04 PM