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In 2008, Padstow Park Public School turned 80! As a birthday gift to the school, the environmental group headed by Mrs Graham established a commemorative fernery outside G block.

This garden will continue to develop with shade-loving plants like orchids and ferns. There are also many little statues in the garden. If you wish to donate any plants or little statues to the garden, please contact Mrs Graham.

75th Anniversary - Padstow Park PS History Book

In 2003, we celebrated our 75th Anniversary. For this event, a history booklet was produced.


To view the history book, click on the front cover below.

















The Padstow Park Progress Association

Written by Cyril McColough 


The Association was originally called the Salt Pan Progress Association, (named after Salt Pan Creek), and was formed in 1913 but had a name change in 1929 to the Padstow Park Progress Association.

 The Association acted as the instrument for the local people to talk to , and gain improvements from the Civil Authorities, such as the Bankstown City Council, or other Government bodies.


The Progress Association was, and always has been very active in local matters and was more like a Social Club in the early days.  It was the focal point of the area of South Ward, bounded by Salt Pan Creek, Canterbury, River Road and the Georges River.  Always keen to improve the rail and bus service to Padstow.

The Hall, which was begun in 1919/1920’s was officially opened on the 20th August, 1921, and has been added to, improved and extended upon over many years.

The Association donated the Padstow Park Progress Association’s Hall to the Bankstown Council on the 11th February, 1985.

In the very early days this area comprised mostly of soldier settlements of orchards and poultry farms, with rough road and very few amenities, such as, sewerage, mail and telephone services, bus services and street lights  as in those days the Bankstown Council was the generator of, and the supplier of electricity.

When I moved into the area in 1954 the block of ground that I built my house upon was originally part of the backyard of a Mrs Greenhagh, now the House of Lee, and the street known as Astley Avenue did not exist.

Mine was the first house in the street and there was no electricity for about 6 months.  It was a bit hard having cold water shaves and showers in the mornings.

The Housing Commission then built all the houses, mostly of timber and asbestos construction, in my area.  These have all been gradually changed to larger ones. 

As part of our Progress Associations commitment to our local area, we have decided to create an on-going award to the Padstow Park Public School, in memory of this Association.


Cyril McColough


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