Sydney’s iconic Luna Park was nearly relocated to Merrylands in 1980.
In a little known submission, the owners of the amusement park, Luna Park (NSW) Pty Ltd, applied to Holroyd Council to re-establish their business at the old brickworks site at Merrylands.
The move was part of a rebuild strategy after six children and a man died in a devastating fire on the Ghost Train ride on June 6th 1979.
In the submission to the Holroyd Council on Tuesday 13th May 1980, the business owners said they were willing to spend $5 million re-establishing Luna Park at the old brickworks which is now known as Holroyd Gardens.
The Holroyd councillors voted against the application and instead said they would re-zone the brickworks area for high rise apartments.
Nowadays, Holroyd Gardens Nature Reserve is a large parkland that caters for families. Located on Pitt Street — a couple of blocks north of Merrylands’ CBD.
The gardens have BBQ facilities, children’s play facilities and there’s numerous shady spots created by the large trees.
And located at the eastern side of Holroyd Gardens is the Merrylands brickworks picnic area.
Early resident to Merrylands, Arthur Todd Holroyd, started producing and selling handmade bricks at this location after he bought land in 1855. His business, the ‘Sherwood Scrubs Drain, Tile and Pottery Works’, was established in 1870.
In 1884 John Hay Goodlet bought the business, which by then was called the ‘Junction Brick Co Ltd.’
The Goodlet & Smith Brickworks closed in the 1960s. The Holroyd Municipal Council took possession of the site in 1975, and opened the ‘passive recreation’ area in 1977.
If Luna Park had been re-established inside the Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands, do you think it would have been still popular today?