Ex-Burnsider / Former Residents Reunion
Each year on the third Saturday in October, UnitingCare Burnside hosts a reunion for former residents of the original Burnside Homes for Children on Pennant Hills Road at North Parramatta. They are invited to morning tea, an official welcome in Sargood Hall and lunch on the lawns in front of Blairgowrie. Sir James Burns's former home, which is now a junior boarding house of The King's College, is open to them for the day as are many of the original buildings – the Burnside school, hospital, Son of Rock, Dunkeld, Airlie, Gowan Brae and the War Memorial Building. More than 100 former Burnsiders and their families attend.
The Burnside Museum which has professionally curated displays is open for the reunion and visits at other times may be booked by telephoning (02) 9768 6888.
In February 2007 an exhibition, We Were Burnie Kids, was opened at the Parramatta Heritage Centre and brought back a flood of memories for those who flocked to see it over a three-month period. Archival photographs, not seen for decades, were put on DVD, together with first-hand accounts from ex-Burnsiders, and a beautifully presented exhibition of memorabilia was on display. Copies of the DVD are available for $5 by telephoning (02) 9768 6888.
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