The first and last time Andrew and I visited this suburb was in April 2005 when we accessed it from the Parramatta Ferry, you will find one or two more photos taken in the Riverside park in the latest gallery.

This website has the more human type of information

Wikipedia tells us that Abbotsford is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Is 10 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay. Abbotsford sits on the peninsula between Abbotsford Bay and Hen and Chicken Bay, on the Parramatta River.

Abbotsford took its name from Abbotsford House, owned by Sir Arthur Renwick. He named his property after Abbotsford House in the United Kingdom, the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.

European settlement

The suburb was originally part of Five Dock Farm and when subdivided in 1837, was called Feltham. Sir Arthur Renwick, a doctor, philanthropist and politician built his home here in 1890 and called it Abbotsford House in honour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. Renwick sold his property in 1903 to Albert Grace, and in 1918 it became the site of a Nestlé chocolate factory, with the house used initially for chocolate production and later as their administrative offices. The factory was closed in 1991, after which the area was redeveloped as the medium-density Abbotsford Cove housing complex.

Australian poet Henry Lawson did not die in Abbotsford House in 1922, as is sometimes claimed, but at the home of Mrs Isabella Byers at 437 Great North Road, recently demolished. Abbotsford House is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.

Abbotsford Presbyterian Church


According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 5,112 residents in Abbotsford. 65.8% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Italy 6.0%, England 3.8% and China 2.2%. 68.0% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 11.1%, Cantonese 2.6% and Greek 1.9%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 42.0%, No Religion 19.2% and Anglican 13.9%.



One step closer to Eden via Cristian Mihai

Awake from the north and come from the south!  Blow upon My garden and let its spices flow.  Let My beloved come to his garden and partake of its precious fruit.
— Song of Songs 4:16

Would the world be better off without mankind?

Many environmentalists think so.  It’s hard to deny that, from a purely ecological point of view, life on earth would do much better without human beings around to interfere with the natural order.

But without mankind, there would be no point and, ultimately, no reason for the world to exist at all.  Only Man seeks to create; only Man strives to become more than he is; and only Man directs his efforts toward ideals that transcend mere survival and procreation.

If we are to act as responsible custodians of the world, however, we have to stop from time to time and let the world remind us what those ideals are.

via One step closer to Eden — Via Cristian Mihai

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Quotes about helping each other

Posted on April 26, 2016

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

“Look up and not down. Look forward and not back. Look out and not in, and lend a hand.”
Edward Everett Hale

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
Bob Hope

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Danny Thomas

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
Elizabeth Bibesco

“The wise person understands that his own happiness must include the happiness of others.”
Dennis Weaver

“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.”
Jackie Robinson

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo Buscaglia

“Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.
Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug.”
Og Mandino

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Albert Pike

“The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.”
Ken Blanchard

“You will discover that you have two hands.
One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves,
for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
Flora Edwards

“They might not need me; but they might.
I’ll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.”
Emily Dickinson

“The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow humans; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”
Sir Walter Scott

“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.”
Henry Drummond

“Time and money spent in helping people to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.”
Henry Ford

“Seek something outside your nine-to-five job as an additional source of fulfillment and as a way to feel the joy of helping others.”
Harold Kushner

“The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.”
Wilfred Grenfell

“You are so fortunate, but what are you giving back to make this world a better place for others?”
Catherine Pulsifer

“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Never underestimate what a simple gesture can do.
It is the little things that you do that make a big difference in other people’s lives.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track . . . an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“T hose who are less fortunate often don’t want to ask for help.

H ard times hit all of us at some point
E njoy your good fortune
L et your fortune help others
P eople helping people makes this world a better place!”
Catherine Pulsifer

“To help, is to receive.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”
Acts, 20:35

“Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.”
Albert Schweitzer

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”
George Eliot

“People never forget that helping hand especially when times are tough.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“Help someone who can’t return the favor.”
Author Unknown

“Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.”
Charles Dickens

“The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.”
Ray Kroc

“Life’s most urgent question is:
What are you doing for others?”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
Henry Ford

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”
Jim Rohn

“You never know when you will need a helping hand.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Be thankful for what you have, but never take what you have for granted. Share with those who are less fortunate. You do not know what tomorrow brings.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa”

“It is better to give, than to receive.”
Author Unknown

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”
Robert G. Ingersoll

“What goes around, comes around!”
Author Unknown

Never look down on anybody unless you helping him up.”
Jesse Jackson

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
Mother Teresa

“One kernel is felt in a hogshead;
one drop of water helps to swell the ocean;
a spark of fire helps to give light to the world.
None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service.
Think of this and act.”
Hannah More

“All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.”
Alexis Carrel

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“After the verb ‘to Love,’ ‘to Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.”
Bertha von Suttner

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.”

“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.”
A. C. Benson



Source: Quotes About Helping Others

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Jessica at Maroubra Beach 19th April 2016

Out with Mark from the Junction Centre, fooling about at Maroubra Beach – there are 7 other videos here taken in various places.

S.C.I.A Disability EXPO 15/16 April 2016

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The Expo for the past two times has been held in the Australian Technology Park in Redfern, just behind platform 10.

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