Moorebank, New South Wales
Moorebank is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Moorebank is located 27 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Liverpool. Moorebank features a mix of industrial areas. Moorebank Shopping Village is a small shopping centre; the suburb takes its name from early settler Thomas Moore. Moorebank was home to vineyards and other rural activities. Nuwarra Public School opened in 1973 and is located directly opposite Moorebank shopping centre, which opened in the early 1970s. Moorebank is built atop a plateau and was cut off from surrounding areas in the floods of 1986; the M5 Motorway links Moorebank east to the Sydney central business district and west to Campbelltown. Moorebank is close to Liverpool railway station on the Airport, Inner West & South Line, Bankstown Line and Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network. Moorebank is the site of the proposed Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. Nuwarra Public SchoolNote: Moorebank High School, Newbridge Heights Public School and St Josephs Primary are now in the adjacent suburb of Chipping Norton, due to a suburb border change.
Moorebank has a several churches for the suburb St Thomas St Joseph Freedom City Church Moorebank is home to a number of local sporting teams, most of which use Hammondville Park as their home ground. Most prominent is the Moorebank Magpies Australian Football team which plays in the second division of the Sydney AFL competition; the Moorebank Rams rugby league team plays in the Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League competition but have fielded teams in the Metropolitan Cup, the most senior Sydney competition beneath the National Rugby League. Moorebank fields a soccer team in the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, a cricket team in the Fairfield-Liverpool Cricket Association, a baseball team in the Bankstown District Baseball Association and has netball and fishing clubs as well. Moorebank is home to a purpose built remote control car race track; the John Grant International Raceway is located in Helles Reserve, just off Helles Avenue, near the Moorebank Road and M5 intersection.
The racetrack is run by the New South Wales Remote Control Race Car Club Incorporated, a not-for-profit club, was host to the 2001 IFMAR World Championships for 8th scale racing which saw the worlds best 8th scale racers attend this event. Moorebank has a small lake called Clinches Pond, it is surrounded by a park called Chinches Pond Reserve. According to the 2016 census undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Moorebank was home to 9,747 people. 63.8% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Vietnam 2.9%, India 2.3%, Fiji 2.1%, Lebanon 1.8% and Philippines 1.8%. 56.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 6.6%, Greek 5.0%, Vietnamese 4.2%, Hindi 2.3% and Mandarin 2.1%. The most common responses for religion in Moorebank were Catholic 30.7%, No Religion 14.3%, Anglican 12.2%, Eastern Orthodox 9.2% and Islam 6.5%. The average age was 35 compared to 38 for the country as a whole and the median household income was $1,889 per week compared to a national figure of $1,438.
Much of this, was gobbled up by housing loan repayments where the median figure for Moorebank was well above the national figure of $1,755. Robert Kaleski and dog expert. Harley Matthews, vigneron and author of four books about his experiences at Gallipoli. Thomas Moore and first British settler of Moorebank. Robert Braiden, film writer and director
Not to be confused with Amherst Villiers, automotive engineer and developer of the supercharger for the'Blower Bentley' Villiers Engineering was a manufacturer of motorcycles and cycle parts, an engineering company based in Villiers Street, England. In the 1890s John Marston's Sunbeam had become successful, by relying on high quality of production and finish, but Marston was dissatisfied with the pedals on his machines. In 1890 he dispatched his son Charles to the US on a selling trip, but included in his instructions that Charles must discuss pedal engineering with Pratt and Whitney in Hartford and come back with a high-class pedal and the machinery for making it. Charles said that the Villiers Engineering Co. was "the ultimate fruit" of his trip to the US, being impressed by the production system and the labour saving devices. He pointed out that "it was not possible to develop these at Sunbeamland, which had long been working on another plan, but it was possible to start them in a new factory".
As a result of the tour, in 1898, John Marston bought a small Japanning works based in Villiers Street, Wolverhampton. Under the direction of Charles, the company made cycle parts for the Sunbeam company; as the factory was producing more parts than Sunbeam required, it sold components to other manufacturers. 1902 was a momentous year for Villiers. Firstly, John Marston sold the company to his son Charles for £6,000 on a loan against future profits. Secondly, it patented the cycle free-wheel, which every cycle manufacturer required; the production of free wheels reached its peak just after the Second World War, as the company produced 80,000 per week or 4 million per year. Apart from the production of freewheels outlined above, the company produced its first engine in early 1912, a 350 cc four-stroke complete with integral two-speed gearbox; that year it developed a 269 cc two-stroke and the simplcity of this engine and attractive price made it a rapid success. During 1913 the Sun-Villers motorcycle was launched manufactured by the Sun Cycle & Fittings Co.
By 1914 the Villiers 269 cc 2-stroke engine had been adopted by a large number of motorcycle manufacturers, such as the Allday, The Royal Ruby, The New Ryder, the Bown-Villiers, the Coventry-Eagle, the Gerrard, the Invicta, the Ixion, the Juno, the Roulette. In spite of the huge success of the 269 cc two-stroke, the four-stroke engine had not been shelved, as in October 1914, J. H Motors of Oldham announced two motorcycles, the No.1 fitted with a 2.75HP Villiers four-stroke engine of 349cc, a 2.5HP two-stroke model using the Villiers 269 cc engine. Whether many of either model were made before war orders halted production in 1915 is unclear. Other manufacturers known to use Villiers engines up to 1915 include the Campion, The Hobart, the Chater-Lea, the Diamond, the Excelsior. During World War One, in common with many firms not directly involved in making military transport, the Villiers factory changed to production of munitions, in particular fuses for 75mm shells. Companies engaged in war work still worked on new models anticipating the end of the war, with Villiers applying for 16 engine-related patents during the war.
One particular issue was a generic problem – the fact that before the war most engines relied on German-made magnetos for ignition, which caused a major issue during the war. In January 1917 Villiers patented their solution to this problem – the flywheel-magneto, which became a standard feature of their engines. After the war Villiers picked up where they had left off, with supply of the 269 cc engine, now as the Mark II engine with different method of attaching the exhaust. By 1919 the bikes that used the Villiers engines included the Excelsior lightweight, the Diamond, the Royal Ruby, the Wolf Lightweight, the Carfield, the Ruffells, the P. V. the Sparkbrook, the Yvel, the P&S lightweight, the Chater-Lea, the Campion, the Victoria, the Hobart, the Olympic, the Ixion, the Bown-Villiers, the Wilkin, the Saltley. The engine remained much the same, continued to use a separate magneto, though it did have an oil pump to provide crankcase and piston lubrication via a hollow crankcase bolt – a design that Villiers had patented during 1914/1915.
The Mark III engine embodied some changes to crankcase and brushes in 1919/1920, in March 1920 the new Villiers Mark IV engine complete with flywheel magneto was revealed. In May 1920 a new British Excelsior lightweight model was announced, this being the first motorcycle to show the new Villiers engine using the flywheel-magneto instead of a separate magneto. In September 1922 Villiers announced the details of their new 1923 engine range, which included 147 cc, 250 cc and 343 cc engines; these engines featured a radial finned cylinder head, with both the inlet and exhaust port being at the front of the engine, they all had the Villiers flywheel-magneto. While the 147 cc relied on petrol-oil mixture for crankshaft lubrication, the two larger engines used a separate oil feed system; the new 250 cc engine produced 25 per cent more power than the older 269 cc engine. In 1926 Villiers introduced an smaller engine, the 125 cc with twin exhaust ports and side mounted carburettor, in 1927 they introduced the 344cc twin 2-stroke.
Villiers were to go on to produce a wide range of single and twin cylinder 2-strokes for motorcycle use. At the end of the 1920s they started producing engines for stationary use, with the first model being the water-cooled WX11 and in 1933 the air-cooled Mar-vil. Villiers engines were used in lawn mowers, for examp
National Museum of Australia
The National Museum of Australia, in the national capital Canberra and interprets Australia's social history, exploring the key issues and events that have shaped the nation. It was formally established by the National Museum of Australia Act 1980; the museum did not have a permanent home until 11 March 2001, when a purpose-built museum building was opened. The museum profiles 50,000 years of Indigenous heritage, settlement since 1788 and key events including Federation and the Sydney 2000 Olympics; the museum holds the world's largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools, the heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap and the Holden prototype No. 1 car. The museum develops and travels exhibitions on subjects ranging from bushrangers to surf lifesaving; the National Museum of Australia Press publishes a wide range of books and journals. The museum's Research Centre takes a cross-disciplinary approach to history, ensuring the museum is a lively forum for ideas and debate about Australia's past and future.
The museum's innovative use of new technologies has been central to its growing international reputation in outreach programming with regional communities. From 2003 to 2008, the museum hosted a student political forum; the museum is located on Acton Peninsula in the suburb of Acton, next to the Australian National University. The peninsula on Lake Burley Griffin was the home of the Royal Canberra Hospital, demolished in tragic circumstances on 13 July 1997; as designed by architect Howard Raggatt, the museum building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. The architects stated: "We liked to think that the story of Australia was not one, but many tangled together. Not an authorized version but a puzzling confluence; the building is meant to be the centre of a knot, with trailing ropes or strips extending from the building. The most obvious of these extensions forms a large loop before becoming a walkway which extends past the neighbouring AIATSIS building ending in a large curl, as if a huge ribbon has haphazardly unrolled itself along the ground.
Known as the "Uluru Axis" because it aligns with the central Australian natural landmark, the ribbon symbolically integrates the site with the Canberra city plan by Walter Burley Griffin and the spiritual heart of indigenous Australia. The shape of the main entrance hall continues this theme: it is as though the otherwise rectangular building has been built encasing a complex knot which does not quite fit inside the building, the knot taken away; the non-symmetrical complex is designed to not look like a museum, with startling colours and angles, unusual spaces and unpredictable projections and textures. Though hard to categorise, the building can be seen as an example of Charles Jenck's "new paradigm"; some characteristics of Deconstructivism can be identified. The organising concept of the scheme using the idea of a "tangled vision" incorporates a variety of references including: Bea Maddock's "Philosophy Tape" Jackson Pollock's "Blue Poles" boolean string, a knot, Ariadne's thread the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of the Rainbow Serpent making the land.
The building's architecture is thus meant to imply that the story of Australia is not one story, but many stories tangled together. The building refers to or quotes other buildings: a Burley-Griffin designed cloister at Newman College in Melbourne the Sydney Opera House – both the parts designed by Jørn Utzon, sections designed by the other architects the shell curves of Félix Candela the Hall is evocative of Eero Saarinen's terminal at the J F Kennedy Airport in New York the arc is like a piece of work by Richard Serra the Garden of Australian Dreams is meant to evoke a range of different cartographies the walls use selected fragments of the word Eternity – evoking the story of Arthur Stace who for thirty years chalked this single word on the pavements of Sydney the most controversial quotation is a reference to the Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany which opened in 1999 The plan of the National Museum of Australia incorporates an exact copy of the lightning-flash zigzag that Libeskind created for the Berlin Museum by breaking a star of David.
The Bulletin magazine first publicly raised allegations of plagiarism in June 2000. Libeskind was reported to be angry with the copying. Raggatt's defence against plagiarism was; the director of the museum, Dawn Casey, claimed in the press that she and her council were not aware of this symbolism when they approved the plan. The exterior of the building is covered in anodised aluminium panels. Many of the panels include words written in braille and other decorative devices. Among the messages are "mate" and "she'll be right". Included were such controversial words and phrases as "sorry" and "forgive us our genocide"; these more controversial messages have been obscured with silver discs being attached to the surface making the braille illegible. Among the phrases in braille are the words "Resurrection city"; the phrase may refer to the clearing of the former Canberra Hospital to make way for the museum or it could be a reference to reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and European settlers.
The phrase is used as a label in tiles on another of Raggett's buildings, the Storey Hall in Melbourne. Raggett says of that message: "I guess that tries to be some big sort of theme for this building as well and its sort of set of memories."It was built by Bovis Lend Lease and completed in 2001. A severe thunderstorm hit Canberra on the afternoon of
University of Hull
The University of Hull is a public research university in Kingston upon Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1927 as University College Hull; the main university campus is located in Hull and is home to the Hull York Medical School, a joint initiative with the University of York. Students are served by Hull University Union; the University's Brynmor Jones Library was the workplace of the poet Philip Larkin who served as its Head Librarian for over thirty years. The Philip Larkin Society organises activities in remembrance of Larkin including the Larkin 25 festival, organised during 2010 in partnership with the University. Andrew Motion, another prominent poet, former poet laureate worked at the university. Lord Wilberforce was chancellor of the University from 1978 until 1994. Robert Armstrong was the chancellor from 1994 to 2006. Virginia Bottomley was installed as the current chancellor in April 2006. Alumni of the University of Hull are prominent in the fields of politics, academia and drama.
They include former MP and Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, former MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Lord Hattersley and current deputy leader Tom Watson and author Chris Mullin, social scientist Lord Giddens, poet Roger McGough, journalist John McCarthy and film director and screenwriter the late Anthony Minghella. The foundation stone of University College Hull an external college of the University of London, was laid in 1927 by Prince Albert, the Duke of York; the college was built on land donated by Hull City Council and by two local benefactors, Thomas Ferens and G F Grant. A year the first 14 departments, in pure sciences and the arts, opened with 39 students; the college at that time consisted of one building, now named the Venn building. The building now houses the administrative centre of the university. Other early buildings include the Cohen Building, which housed the college library, Staff House, built in 1948 as the Student's Union. Another early structure was the Chemistry Building, built in 1953.
With the rapid expansion of student numbers which took place in the 1950s many many academic departments were housed in temporary buildings, colloquially known as'huts,' which gave the campus the feel of an'academic army camp.'Though many of the older buildings on Hull's campus are of red brick it is not a redbrick university in the strictest sense of the term, as it was not founded as part of the civic university movement of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Hull, with its origins in the 1920s, has been categorised as a'younger civic university' and it is placed between the'redbricks' and the'plateglass universities' founded in the 1960s; the first principal of the college was Arthur E. Morgan, the second was John H Nicholson, who served as the university's first vice-chancellor when the college was granted university status; the university coat of arms was designed by Sir Algernon Tudor-Craig in 1928. The symbols are the torch for learning, the rose for Yorkshire, the ducal coronet from the arms of the City of Hull, the fleur-de-lys for Lincolnshire and the dove, symbolising peace, from the arms of Thomas Ferens.
These symbols were reused to create the current university logo. The motto, Lampada Ferens, incorporates the name of the university's founding father within a Latin pun; the college gained its Royal Charter on 6 September 1954. This empowered it to award degrees of its own, making it the 3rd university in Yorkshire and the 14th in England; the twenty six years between the formation of the university college and the awarding of the charter were the shortest such period in the history of university formation in England up to that time. Within a year of the charter being granted applications to study at the new university had doubled, in 1956 student numbers topped 1,000 for the first time; the academic authority and autonomy of the university is symbolically embodied in the ceremonial mace. Made of gilt silver, incorporating devices from the Hull University coat of arms, the mace was presented to the university in December 1956 by the Lord Mayor of Hull; as a gift from the city it reflects the close relationship between "town and gown" existing in Hull.
The mace is displayed at all major university ceremonies. The period of rapid expansion of Hull University coincided with the vice-chancellorship of Sir Brynmor Jones, during whose time in office student numbers quadrupled; the Brynmor Jones Library, which houses more than a million volumes, was constructed in two phases: the first phase was completed in 1959, with a tower block extension opened in 1970. During the 1950s and 1960s a considerable number of academic buildings were built, including the Larkin and Wilberforce Buildings. The'Martin Plan' of 1967, Sir Leslie Martin was the university architect, envisaged a campus with its tallest buildings in the centre surrounded by buildings diminishing in height towards the perimeter. In the course of the 1960s most of the departments housed in temporary structures were moved into new purpose-built premises. However, Biochemistry was still located in a'hut' to the rear of the Venn building into the early 1980s; this early phase of expansion through building ended in 1974, after this year there was to be no further academic building construction on the campus until 1996.
However, student numbers doubled in this period, with the university becoming efficient in u
John I. Beggs
John Irvin Beggs was an American businessman. He was associated with the electric utility boom under Thomas Edison, he was associated with Milwaukee, St. Louis and other regional rail and interurban trolley systems. Beggs is known for developing modern depreciation techniques for business accounting and for being one of the early directors of what became General Electric. John Irvin Beggs was born in Philadelphia on September 17, 1847, the son of James and Mary Irvin Beggs. Both of his parents were of Scottish descent but had emigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland, his early life was spent around Philadelphia. After his father died when he was seven years old, Beggs worked to support of his mother in a brickyard, as a cattleman, butcher; as a young man Beggs taught accounting and handwriting in the Bryant & Stratton Business College in Philadelphia. He went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the age of 21 to work for Mitchell & Haggerty Coal Company as an accountant, he worked selling real estate and fire insurance in Harrisburg.
Beggs maintained his membership until his death. When the electric light industry was in its infancy, Beggs assisted organization of the Harrisburg Electric Light Co, he built and managed its plant, "the first commercially successful electric light plant in the United States". Beggs’ interest in electric lighting arose because he was head of the building committee of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church and wanted to electrify the church to save on the cost and cleanup of candles; this church became the first in the world to use light bulbs instead of candles. He was married in Harrisburg to Sue Elizabeth Charles, who died March 14, 1902, they had Mary Grace Beggs. On account of his success in Harrisburg as an electric plant manager, he was called by J. P. Morgan to New York City in 1886 as manager of the Edison Illuminating Company of that city, he remained in New York for about five years. Pearl Street provided electricity for the first time to Wall Street's stockbrokers, he worked with Thomas A. Edison and became one of that small group known as Edison Pioneers.
Beggs was one of the Illuminating Company Directors. He was a Director at the Detroit Edison Board meeting when Henry Ford first met Edison and first pitched his idea for the automobile startup to those venture capitalists present. From New York he went to Chicago as Western Manager of Edison Company where he remained until the Edison Company was merged with the Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form what is now the General Electric Company; the North American Company, which had just been organized, had acquired an electric lighting interest in Cincinnati and Beggs went to Cincinnati in charge of these interests. The North American Company shortly afterward acquired the electric railway and lighting companies in Milwaukee and for several years, Beggs divided his time between these cities. In 1897, the Cincinnati interests were sold and Beggs moved to Milwaukee to devote his time to the utilities there. In 1903, The North American Company began to acquire electric lighting interests in St. Louis, Missouri.
Beggs first visited St. Louis as an advisor, began to divide his time between the two cities. At one time, Beggs was president of the St. Louis electric lighting company, the gas company, the street railway company, as well as president and general manager of The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company. While Beggs was President of the Milwaukee Companies he built the Public Service Building in Milwaukee, his funeral services were conducted in its auditorium by the Employees’ Mutual Benefit Association. He constructed the systems of interurban railways radiating from Milwaukee. By 1911 Beggs had acquired a controlling interest in the St. Louis Car Company, he moved to St. Louis, he still maintained many business connections in Milwaukee and spent time there, although his residence was in St. Louis. In the spring of 1911, Beggs purchased and named Beggs Isle in Lac La Belle, at 43.125°N 88.509°W / 43.125. He developed it into his daughter's family. Beggs turned this island into a botanical garden bringing in exotic plants.
Egyptian papyrus plants were trained to last through the long Wisconsin winters. Beggs would purchase large commercial grade fireworks for their Fourth of July celebrations. In 1915, he invested in water power in northern Wisconsin and began to spend more time in that state, although still residing in St. Louis. In 1920 he was again elected president of The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. which position he still held at the time of his death. Beggs was a member of the Executive Committee of the North American Company, he devoted much time to the First Wisconsin National Bank in which he invested. During his last decade he directed the construction of the second largest paper mill in the country, and conducted a large Florida real estate transaction. At the time of his death, Beggs was an active director or officer of 53 companies, including: North American Edison Company, Director The North American Company, Member of Executive Committee The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company, President, Member of Executive Committees Wisconsin Gas & Electric Company, Vice-President Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Chairman Executive Committee St. Louis Car Company, Di
Bunnings Group, trading as Bunnings Warehouse, is an Australian household hardware chain. The chain has been owned by Wesfarmers since 1994, has stores in Australia and New Zealand. Bunnings was founded in Perth, Western Australia in 1887, by two brothers who had emigrated from England. A limited company focused on sawmilling, it became a public company in 1952 and subsequently expanded into the retail sector, purchasing several hardware stores. Bunnings began to expand into other states in the 1990s, opened its first warehouse-style store in Melbourne in 1994; the chain has 295 stores and over 30,000 employees. Bunnings has a market share of around 20 percent in the Australian retail hardware sector, with competing chains including Home Timber & Hardware, Mitre 10 and various independent retailers. In 1886 brothers Arthur and Robert Bunning left London to settle in Perth, Western Australia, soon gained a government building contract, which led to them founding a group of building companies which became Bunning Bros Pty Ltd.
They purchased their first sawmill the following year in the south west of Western Australia, over the next few years they concentrated more on sawmilling and timber distribution and less on building. The company expanded to include several new mills around Western Australia. In 1952, Bunnings Limited became a public company, expanded into retailing and purchased several hardware stores. In 1970, Bunnings bought the sawmilling operations of the Hawker Siddeley Group. In 1983, they bought out Millars Pty Ltd and, in 1990, the Alco Handyman hardware operations; the Victorian stores McEwans, owned by James McEwans Limited and the South Australian stores, Harry's & Lloyds were acquired by Bunnings in 1993, with many branches subsequently closed, leaving only the best performing sites. Bunnings Limited was bought out by Wesfarmers in 1994. In late 1995, the'Red Hammer' symbol was introduced and in June 1996, its trademark slogan "Lowest Prices Are Just The Beginning" was established. Both are still in use today.
After the acquisition of Bunnings by Wesfarmers, the first Bunnings Warehouse was opened in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine by Victorian premier Jeff Kennett and Joe Boros, the managing director of Bunnings. This was followed by three other Melbourne stores. Subsequently, new warehouses have been opened, on average, every three months across Australia. Development in Sydney and Brisbane proved more difficult than in other areas, as large blocks of land in the metropolitan area were limited. In 1997, the remaining smaller-format McEwans stores were renamed "Bunnings". In August 2001, Wesfarmers bought the Howard Smith Group, owner of BBC Hardware Nock & Kirby, big-box offshoot, Hardwarehouse; this supplemented the Bunnings national network by several dozen stores, many of them large Hardwarehouse stores in Sydney and New Zealand. Hardwarehouse had been dominant in New South Wales and Queensland, but the purchase complemented Bunnings' prior domination in Victoria, where Hardwarehouse had only seven stores to Bunnings' twenty at the time of the buy-out.
The market leader at the time of purchase was Mitre 10 with 12% market share but inclusion of the Hardwarehouse and BBC Hardware stores brought Bunnings market share to 13.5%. Hardwarehouse and BBC Hardware stores retained their branding for a year, while television advertisements were tagged with each of Bunnings Warehouse, Hardwarehouse and BBC Hardware during this transition period. Lower-volume stores were closed and, in 2002, remaining Hardwarehouses were renamed Bunnings Warehouse. From 2004 to 2008, Bunnings purchased and re-branded Mitre 10 stores in Griffith, Kempsey and Wodonga, Magnet Mart in Griffith and a Mitre 10 Mega store in Modbury. In 2008 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission looked into its acquisitions of five Mitre 10 stores, as it deemed the purchases would be anti-competitive. In February 2009, the ACCC allowed the purchases, finding that "the acquisition of the Mitre 10 stores did not alter the level of competition in the relevant market."Since the development of the Bunnings Warehouse stores, two general operational formats exist: Bunnings and Bunnings Warehouse.
The smaller "Bunnings" stores stock a more limited range of hardware, whereas the larger "Bunnings Warehouses" contain a more comprehensive hardware range and garden supplies including plants. Over time, some smaller-format Bunnings stores have been closed. However, 2015 saw six new stores open in Victoria in smaller regional markets and inner-suburban areas; the "big box" format comprises 167 stores of the network of 280. In February 2016, Bunnings' parent company Wesfarmers bought the United Kingdom-based hardware chain Homebase for £340 million; the chain's 265 stores in the UK and 15 in Ireland were intended to be rebranded with the Bunnings name within five years. The first Bunnings store in the UK was opened at the end of January 2017 in St Albans, four months than planned to ensure the adopted format was suited to the UK public; the company planned to use that store as a test model prior to fine-tuning and expanding in that region. In April 2017, they bought a former B&Q store in Folkestone, Kent to be the fifth Bunnings store in the UK.
On 25 May 2018, after mounting losses, Wesfarmers sold the UK and Ireland Bunnings/Homebase operation to the turnaround specialist Hilco for the nominal sum of £1. It was reported that the 24 stores rebranded as "Bunnings" would revert to the "Homebase" name. On weekends, Bunnings outlets host sausage sizzles and cake stalls for community groups and causes. Having become a ubiquitous part of the Bunnings Warehouse brand, its sausage sizzles have reached ic
City of Canada Bay Museum
The City of Canada Bay Museum is located in Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Concord. The original museum was located on Wellbank St Concord and opened in 2000; the museum was re-opened on Saturday 16 May 2009 after moving to its new premises now located in the old Concord library at Bent Street. The museum has a collection, sourced from various locations with artifacts that range from 1915 to the 1970s. Included in the collection are items that showcase the history of Canada Bay and its surrounding suburbs such as Arnott's and Bushells memorabilia, it includes displays of contemporary history, information on the local history. With the assistance from the Concord Heritage Society, the Drummoyne Historical Society and community members, the collection includes an extensive collection of toys, material from the First and Second World Wars, household items and office items, various silver and china collections, extensive sports memorabilia, local industry items such as the Victa lawn mower and one of the last brass firefighters' helmets to be made in Australia before they were phased out.
The museum boasts both the original Mowhall mower and the 128th Victa lawn mower invented by Mervyn Victor Richards. The museum is located at 1 Bent St, Concord Sydney, NSW 2138 Opening hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission is free. Concord, New South Wales City of Canada Bay Victa lawn mower City of Canada Bay Heritage Society