Peace Park/Japanese Garden, Eton Street Sutherland

Not something that was here in the late 1940s and early 50s!

“A small, unassuming garden in Sutherland, celebrating the sister city relationship between the Sutherland Shire and Chuo in Tokyo. Cherry blossoms flowering in the spring. Possibly a nice place to visit for any homesick Japanese tourists in the area.”




À la recherche du temps perdu — 15— Sam the Barber


Took that in the arcade where I had a coffee while waiting for my Uncle Roy’s funeral to start. As I noted on Facebook: “In Sutherland in an arcade having a coffee. My father once had an office upstairs here. I have been exploring “sacred sites” back to 1943.”


The barber shop in the early 60s was run by a Maltese guy called Sam.  Way earlier though the barber that had charge of my blonde locks – yes they were – back in the late 1940s through to the mid 1950s was Russ Luxford.  His shop was on the main street – all leather razor strop and Bay Rum, not to mention Brylcreem.

À la recherche du temps perdu — 14— Sutherland Federation Style

So much has been lost to home units, but these remain in Flora Street.




The last two are especially interesting to me.


During World War II that house in Flora Street was where my Uncle Eric, Aunt Gwen and family lived. There is an old ham radio station in the backyard – it’s on the left in the bottom photo of the house. The call sign is still visible, though painted over. In the early 1940s family shot we have John Christison, my uncle Eric Christison, my great-grandmother Sophia Jane Christison, my grandfather Roy, my brother Ian.