Bayview Park | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Bayview Park

Item details

Name of item: Bayview Park
Other name/s: Park
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Urban Park
Primary address: 166P Burwood Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay


Boundary as shown on heritage map
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
166P Burwood RoadConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Foreshore park in prominent location conserving mangroves and notable for monument to the Canadian exiles who were discharged at this point in 1840 and held at the nearby Longbottom Stockade. Replanting from c.1980 forms an important focal point in the riverscape.
Date significance updated: 28 Nov 08
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Construction years: 1979-1980
Physical description: Park on end of promentory between Exile Bay and Canada Bay. Western foreshore conserves an area of approximately 30m x 120m of regenerating mangroves. Park developed in 1970/80s and includes boat ramp, jetty, a sandy beach, lawns, planting and large parking areas. Plantings from the 1980s include Swamp Paperbark trees and Casuarina. A stone monument to the Canadian exiles of 1840 displays a bronze plaque with white incised lettering. A smaller monument commemorates Concord's industries, many of which have relocated over the past two to three decades.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:26 Aug 98
Current use: Park


Historical notes: The point on which the park is located was the site of the so-called Burwood Wharf, which provided a vital transport link to Sydney and Parramatta (Rose Hill) during the early years of the development of Concord. In 1840, the wharf was used to discharge fifty-eight French Canadian political exiles, who were in conflict with the predominantly English speaking Canadian government. They were incarcerated at the nearby Longbottom Stockade until 1842. Pardoned in 1843 and 1844, all but three of the exiles returned to Canada. The redevelopment of Bayview Park began in 1979 with reclamation work, and the park was opened in 1980. A stone monument to the French exiles was moved to the park from Cabarita Park in 1984. It was unveiled by Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, on 18 May 1970, to commemorate 'the 130th anniversary of the landing of the Canadian exiles in Australia and sacrifices made by many Canadians and Australians in the evolution of self-governing, equal and free nations within the Commonwealth of Nations'.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Notable for monument to the Canadian exiles who were discharged at this point in 1840 and held at the nearby Longbottom Stockade.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Foreshore park in prominent location conserving mangroves. Replanting from c.1980 forms an important focal point in the riverscape.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanBayview Park - landscape5407 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890319

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