Council administrator Richard Colley, back left, and Blaxland MP Jason Clare with students Cody Metcalfe, Makyala Metcalfe, Charlotte Julian, Brayden Cooke, Brooke Mattingkey, Ruby Kellis and Cooper Hanney at Milperra’s Newland Reserve ahead of the suburb’s centenary celebrations on April 9.
AN Aboriginal word meaning the gathering of people, Milperra will live up to its indigenous name next month when it celebrates its centenary.
The area commonly known as Thorns Bush, officially became a soldier settlement in 1917, with many streets named after World War 1 battles and officers.
Residents are invited to attend a special event celebrating the suburb's centenary on Sunday, April 9.
The celebration, to be hosted by Canterbury Bankstown Council, in partnership with Federal Blaxland MP, Jason Clare, will be held at Newland Reserve.
Council administrator Richard Colley said the event would mark 100 years since the suburb of Milperra was established.
"Milperra began as a soldier settlement, becoming home to around 120 servicemen returning from World War I, and their families," Mr Colley said.
To celebrate the centenary, a number of activities and entertainment is being planned for the day, including free children's rides and activities, displays, barbecues and performances by the Royal Australian Navy Band, local dance schools and members of the Canterbury-Bankstown Talent Advancement Program.
Mr Clare said it would be a fun day for people of all ages and an ideal way to learn more about the history of Milperra.
"Milperra was a very important part of our local community. It was forged by the veterans of Gallipoli and the Western Front," Mr Clare said.
"This event will celebrate the history of the community and the great community spirit that still exists in Milperra today."
The event will run from 11am to 2pm. For more info, call 9707 9000 or 9790 2466.