Bathurst Grant Location

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Surveyor-General John Oxley owned the grant called “Bathurst” on this site that was bought by the King Family when he died.

John Oxley

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The Raine & Horne site was bought by Phillip Thompson around 1970.

Bathurst Grant Location

Portrait of John Oxley
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Source: King Family History, Phillip Thompson Associates

Bathurst Grant

 Surveyor-General John Oxley owned the grant called “Bathurst” on this site that was bought by the King Family when he died.

The Raine & Horne site was built in two stages by Solicitor Phillip Thompson. Originally, Gary Horne had an electrical shop on the northern side and his other lot on the southern side was vacant and was bought by Phillip around 1970.

This vacant lot was the first-stage build. The builder was Clive Field from St Marys who built a two-storey building in 1973 and Phillip moved in. The block was quite narrow and in 1980 when Gary Horne retired, Phillip bought his shop that was on the northern side and demolished and built the structure that now stands here. The builder was Rennat Constructions of St Marys who had an office in the Star Arcade.

Interview with Bruce Kilgour

Video Transcript

My name’s Bruce Kilgour, I’m Australian manager at Raine & Horne St Marys.

Father came to Penrith in 1969 and started work in real estate, in the mid 70’s that office opened a operation in, satellite office in St Mary’s and when I left school I started work there. Where we are, we’re a real estate agency that occupy the whole building, which makes us one of the largest in the network. Recently I have specialised in Strata Management which is a reflection of the changing market here.

Queen Street itself has been a roaring success as it has some really big businesses. The jewellers and toy shops have been here as well as the theatre and bank.  The guys who used to run these places have been down to earth kind of people. Okay, things have changed but their work have not. They were overtaken by changes in taste, changes in the way we shop. They morphed into other businesses and other people moved into their locations over the years. We had big takeaway shops starting business here and demographic for a long long time for St Marys was always one of the biggest spreads in Sydney.

Some of the tips I got from talking to people at KFC was that they opened their first sit-in/eat-in restaurant in St Marys because it was just a test for them. It’s a logically place to be at even though government policy was to push for Penrith or Mt Druitt.  The neighbours are wonderful, the schools are wonderful, the little shops are wonderful and there are still same shopkeepers.  Everything is still based around the local people and what can one do to help, we always helped each other.

Queen Street will adapt as it always has. The Council poured some money into the building the area and opened up the street. That has been a big improvement. With the airport down the road, it’s got a new promise of life. The railway link we be a tremendous benefit and it will be based on the history of the area.

Airport will create supporting businesses and all of that will be positive. The train station will have to expand. All that work and all the employment will come from the physical work of putting in infrastructure.

I’ve always found Queen Street to be a good hard working area. We’ve got people always aspiring to go somewhere and that’s probably the aspiration of going forward. I have lived in different suburbs and I can’t think of another place I would like be. I even told my wife when we bought our house here, “Oh we’ll buy here and we’ll move on, we’ll go somewhere better” - that was 20 years ago, we are still here and I still haven’t found a better place to go.

Researcher: Lyn Forde St Marys & District Historical Society Research Officer

Lyn Forde

Lyn Forde is 56% English/Scottish, 19% Irish and 25% European.  She is a 7th generation Australian with two First Fleeters connected to Ropes Crossing. Lyn was born in Penrith, lived in St Marys, Kingswood and now lives in Werrington. She went to St Marys Public School, St Marys High School and Penrith Business College. Lyn retired in 2005 working in administration. 

Lyn is divorced and a great grandmother of four. She has researched local history since the 1970’s and she is a contributor of the History Page in the local Nepean News. Lyn was a Secretary of the first St Marys Historical Society and currently a Research Officer & Vice-President. She is also a member of Encore Historical Sewing Group at St Marys Corner.  Lyn has researched and self-published several books on local history, it is the area where she feels at home and where she can research her earlier family and community connections.

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