‘I grew up at a police station’: 82-year-old shares family memories from Balmain Watch House

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Photo of brother and sister Margaret and Bruce. Source: Margaret Collett (Nee Gray).

The story of the beginning, journey and rebirth of the Balmain Association’s most cherished building

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Drawings from 1854 of the original Watch House unearthed in the archives in 1971. Source: Leichhardt Historical Journal №3. 1972.
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The Watch House at 179 Darling Street after the Balmain Association leased it. Source: Leichhardt Historical Journal №3. 1972.
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Leaflet with details about the building and the last policeman at the Watch House. Source: The Balmain Association News Sheet, March 1981.
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Present-day Watch House and headquarters for the Balmain Association. Source: The Balmain Association.

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