Text Box: In this edition we look at something different so instead of an old building, we trace the history of an area or suburb & investigate the old Australian Defence Industries site of St Marys in the West of Sydney.
The township of St Marys was first known as South Creek & featured the Bennett coach and wagon works which manufactured horse-drawn wagons to meet the growing demand for transport in Sydney. It is named after the parish church of St Mary Magdalene, which was built between 1837 and 1840 and is situated between the Great Western Highway and King Street. The church foundation stone was laid on 22 November 1837 by Bishop Broughton, making it one of the oldest churches in New South Wales that still has regular services. It is heritage-listed & some of the Internees in the church cemetery include the wife of Philip Gidley King, Governor of New South Wales, plus numerous members of the King family. The land was donated by King's son and the bricks were made on his estate. King, Gidley and Lethbridge Streets were named after various members of the King family.
The property had been acquired from John Oxley in 1828 by King, the original grant having been made in 1823. Other land grants in the area included those to Anna Josepha King in 1807 (Dunheved), Samuel Marsden (Mamre), and Mary Putland (Frogmore).
The area was first called South Creek because European settlement was originally centred along the banks of the creek. The land grants became working holdings because of the permanent water supply. The rich alluvial soil along the banks of the creek ensured an expanding agricultural community and its location on what was then called the Great Western Road, later renamed to the Great Western Highway, meant that it became a convenient staging post.
The name St Marys was first used when the St Marys Post Office was opened on 1 October 1840.  The township formed part of a grant to Mary Putland (later married Sir Maurice O'Connell), the daughter of Governor William Bligh (former master of HMS Bounty, during the famous mutiny in 1789). Closer settlement of the area was made possible when in 1842 part of the O’Connell Estate was subdivided St Marys has a long and rich industrial and agricultural history, including tanneries and munitions formerly operated by Australian Defence Industries (ADI).
The Municipality of St Marys was proclaimed on 3 March 1890, and the election of the first council was held in May 1890. The council was amalgamated with the Municipality of Penrith on 1 January 1949. The first Mayor was William Garner, and the last mayor was J J Blair (1948).

Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Marys,_New_South_Wales