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Sunday, 25 March 2012

In 1914 the Municipality of Ryde was a semi-rural district in Sydney's north-western suburbs. It is located between the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. The Sydney Sands Directory for 1914 estimated the area of the Municipality to be 7359 acres and it had 1,553 houses. At that time, Eastwood/Marsfield had separated from Ryde. The Eastwood Municipality was estimated to cover an additional 3520 acres and it had 237 additional houses.

So far a total of  1708 possible names have been identified with some connection to the Ryde area. This list of names has been compiled from the local war memorials & honour boards, embarkation rolls, etc. many contain just a surname and initial and part of our identification process is to sort out any duplication and errors.

To date 910 names have been identified (so that's 53.3%), we are still trying to sort out and identify 798 names. Of those found 16.2% died during the conflict.

At the time of World War I - parts of our suburb of West Ryde were called Ermington, therefore we have included names connected to Ermington in the Project.  Half of our suburb of Gladesville is in the Ryde Municipality but the remainder is in Hunters Hill Municipality, but as both Gladesville war memorials are located with in Ryde Municipality, we have also included all Gladesville connections.

To date-- we have about 20 volunteers to help with this project, if you have any information that could help our research project -- please contact the Ryde Goes to War Project Coordinator - Kim Phillips :


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