Suburb's past is uncovered

EVERYTHING you need to know about St Johns Park's history will be in a book to be published in September.

The Fairfield Old-Timers Group joined with staff from Fairfield Library's local studies unit to gather information for St Johns Park: A Journey in Time.

Romeo Menegazzi, a 10-year member of the group, said he enjoyed researching the suburb's history. "I found out one on the oldest schools in the area is in St Johns Park — it was built in 1891," he said.

"A property on Burns Road, which was called Vila Rosene, was also known as the "big house" because it had a large boardroom.

"The original brass doorknob at the house has been mounted on a plaque. I thought that was very interesting."

Mr Menegazzi said the book would include information about people who lived there, the post office, the church and how people coped without infrastructure and how transport developed.

"The book will also discuss how there were three war relics at Saint Johns Park.

"The first was an Anzac gate, which was at the entrance to the oval on Edensor Road.

"The second was a cenotaph from World War I. The third was a cannon."

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