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Anne Rouse took her Year 9 Communities Main Lesson class to Chatswood recently to find out more about their local community.

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Date Posted:
06-Sep-2016

Anne Rouse took her Year 9 Communities Main Lesson class to Chatswood recently to find out more about their local community. They visited the beautiful metal sculpture outside the Zenith Theatre, designed by architects Ross Shepherd and Jessica Hodge. The five, laser steel pieces represent the bush which was once the natural setting for Chatswood. While there, they enjoyed a delicious (and very generous) lunch at Shanghai Stories at The Concourse.

Did you know that the name Chatswood is actually derived from Chattie's Wood, as described in this poem by Henry Lawson, no less!

Chatswood

'Twas an old respected settler, in the unrespected days,
Who had land along the North Shore and – we’ll say his name was Hayes;
And he came there as a young man, when great work was to do,
And his young wife’s name was “Chattie” (and, no doubt, she chatted, too).


‘Twas a “small place in the country”, where they went to be care free,
Out beyond the pleasant suburb that they now call Willoughby;
And a little wood was on it, and the trees were tall and good,
And his young wife used to dream there, so he called it “Chattie’s Wood”.


“Chattie’s Wood” has long since gone, and shops are standing in a row
Where the young wife went a-dreaming in the days of long ago;
How the pretty name was altered doesn’t matter anyhow;
But the wife is still remembered, as they call it Chatswood now.


Henry Lawson - 1919

While there, they enjoyed a delicious (and very generous) lunch at Shanghai Stories at The Concourse.

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