Windback Wednesday - Symons & Symons playground

Do you remember the Symons & Symons playground on L’Estrange Street, Glenside?

William Symons, a glass manufacturer of the company Symons & Symons, built the playground in the mid-1950s using the vacant block next to his house. The playground featured swings, seesaws, a slide, a climbing tower, a trapeze and a merry-go-round, providing a fun and enjoyable experience for the local children. Symons connected the playground's loudspeaker with his home radiogram, allowing children and their parents to listen to music while they were in the park.

The annual Progress Association Picnic at the playground, pictured below, was held to raise funds for the construction of a community building for local youth.

Photo: Symons & Symons playground circa 1957. Burnside Local History Collection.

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