Cyclops Toys – Leichhardt

Cyclops Toys Factory Corner of Francis and William Street, Leichhardt.

Currently the building is made-up of designer apartments with brilliant spaces and views, however this building was once the well known factory of Cyclops Toys. Next door to this building  in William Street is the former machine tool manufacturing plant of John Heine and Sons.

Cyclops Toys established business in 1913 and were originally located at 1 Hay Street Leichhardt.

Cyclops 2Cyclops 3The Sands Directory lists Cyclops at 1 and 1a Hay Street for the years 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918. The company then re appears in the Directory in 1930 on the corner of William and Francis Street, Leichhardt. (See below 1931 Sands Directory) Cyclops toys


Aerial view of John Heine & Son Engineering Works, Leichhardt : with Cylops Toy Factory in background c.1920.


Cyclops Beginnings John Heine Sheet Metal, commenced manufacturing Flat Framed Tricycles at Hay Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW.


Cyclops Name Registered The Cyclops name was registered and a new model scooter the “Kangaroo Cycle Skate” was launched with great success.


First Australian Car The first mass produced Australian car was a Cyclops pedal car, 30 years before the production of the Holden.


Famous Dinky Trike The first of the original Australian designed Dinky Trike was produced, this original design concept was kept until 1950


Cyclops Packard Pedal car Cyclops was producing

Pedal Cars using USA car model looks and names such as Buick, Chevrolet, Hudson and Packard.


Cyclops Pty Ltd The company officially changed its name to Cyclops Pty Ltd after the 2nd World War


50th Anniversary Cyclops Pty Ltd celebrated winning the Australian Wheel toy of the year (adding to the collection of Australian Toy of the Year and Wheel Toy of the Year awards).


Growth   The Cyclops wheel toy range was over 50 models


Hunter Toyline Pty Ltd (Now Hunter Leisure Pty Ltd). Hunter Toyline gained 100% ownership of the brand. The Cyclops brand was back in the hands of a wholly owned Australian company


Hunter Toyline Pty Ltd release many upgraded new models


Micro Scooter The Micro Scooter craze took off around the world. Cyclops re gained a good share of the total scooter market in Australia.


Cyclops Bicycles A complete new range of quality bicycles was released by Cyclops.


Cyclops Bicycle Helmets A range of

Cyclops Bicycle Helmets was released


Cyclops Moto Trike Exciting new Cyclops Designed

3 wheel Ride-On conver ts to 2 wheels.

Collated by Amie Zar If you have any stories or information regarding Cyclops Toys we would love to hear form you you can email or reply in the comments field.

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club – Author Talk @ Balmain

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club

Snails Bay Sailing Club by Asa Wahlquist
Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club : 1962-1973
Author : Asa Karin Wahlquist worked as a rural journalist, winning more than a dozen awards, including a Walkley Award and the Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism.
Available at Leichhardt and Balmain Library $22.00
Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club is about more than a children’s sailing club. It is about the old sailing culture in Balmain, and the area’s waterfront industries. It is about the men who worked on the waterfront, who sailed open boats with their huge sails, and the lessons they taught the children of Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club. It is about being a child in Balmain in the 1960s, before the suburb was gentrified, the waterfront industries closed down and most of the old sailing families moved out. The book also documents the history of the Sabot in Australia.

When:11 June 6pm for 6:30pm start

Where: Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room

Bookings: Link Here

ANZAC Day 2015

11032842_804468039639923_457907528_nIn 1922 thousands gathered around Leichhardt’s 1st memorial which was situated in the middle of Marion and Norton Street. Look at that crowd, it was just one year after the Council’s Jubilee year celebrations in 1921.The memorial was relocated in 1949 to Pioneers Park (previously Balmain Cemetery)The magnificent figure of peace was designed by Gilbert Dobel, it is a grey marble obelisk surmounted by 3 steps and the figure of a lady at the top.The memorial commemorates  the names of 379 men who fought in World War 1 with a total of 537 names for the Boar War, World War 1, World War 2. The memorial was dedicated on 9th April 1922.Image Courtesy of State Library NSW and Posted by sydneythenandnow DCF 1.0Image of The figure of peace by Patriccia Baillie c.2008 from the Leichhardt Library Image collection.
anzac-day2015Put it in your Diaries ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March on Darling Street commences at 5:45am memorialLoyalty Square This is possibly Australia’s first memorial to WW1 soldiers, unusual because it lists only those killed in action prior to the involvement of the AIF on the Western Front in France.  It was unveiled on 23 April 1916 just before the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landing to record the names of soldiers form this district who have fallen in the service of the Empire. It was the subject of a a Balmain Council design competition in 1915.  For more information visit:




Compassion & Conflict In The Asylum LEICHHARDT Library – Exhibition

If you haven’t see it yet get down to Leichhardt Library to see the fantastic historical Display of Callan Park.
LEICHHARDT– Exhibition
Compassion & Conflict In The Asylum

Leichhardt Library and friends of Callan Park

Exhibition / Display – No phrase more successfully captures the therapeutic environment and conflicted history of this psychiatric institution. After decades of ‘bad press’, former Asylums the world over are now being reassessed in light of new thinking about the value of respite. The imperative to retain green, open space within our increasingly urban surroundings is also keenly understood. A new, modern model of care proposed for Callan Park could be a beacon for re-channelling compassion and conflict. Hear the stories of people who experienced living at Callan Park in the past.
20150330_141326 sm2When: 1-29 April 2015, Library opening hours, see website for details.
Where: Leichhardt Library 23 Norton St, Piazza level, Italian Forum. Leichhardt 2040
Cost: Free
Website: and

Opening Night 16th April 6pm at the ACA foyer Italian Forum.

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 Book now Here


Callan Park Photographic Competition Vote for the People’s Choice Award.

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We have had an overwhelming response to the Capture Callan Park Photographic Competition.

VOTE for the People’s Choice Award on the Opening Night.

Book it in your diaries…

Open night 16th April

ACA (Actors Centre Australia)  foyer

6pm for 6:30pm start.

Book on the link below..all welcome…Light Refreshments.

Book Here


Conflict and Compassion – Heritage Festival 2015

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Lurnea Private hospital Leichhardt on Piper Street

Hi many new queries are coming in about Lurnea Private Hospital which was on Piper Street. Trove displays numerous SMH Birth notices between 1930-1951 If you have any information and or photographs we would love to hear from you.

Charmichael’s 1000

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Do you know Stuart Booty who lived at 284 and 286 Elswick Street, Leichhardt from 1926 – 1971?

Tamara Osicka, a sound archivist from the National Film and Sound Archive is looking for information on this fascinating long time resident of Leichhardt. Stuart Booty was a film-maker, inventor, electrical engineer, electrotherapist, radiologist and a pioneer of Australia’s sound recording industry.

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Photo 1 Stuart Booty c1925 with one of the gramophones he made, a Vitavox Model A (Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive)


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Photo 2 A Vitavox record made in 1951 (Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive)

Stuart and his wife Edith Booty lived at 284 and 286 Elswick Street Leichardt from 1926 until they both passed away in 1971. Stuart ran his business, Vitavox Records, for which he manufactured and sold Vitavox gramophones from the premises from 1926 – 1928. He also operated a recording studio where singers, choirs and musicians would come to make records from 1926 – 1963. Stuart and Edith also ran a Electro-therapy and X-ray business from their home.

Tamara was recently interviewed by ABC radio about Stuart Booty (click on the link below to listen to the interview)

Unccovering  the story of sound pioneer Stuart Booty of Leichhardt.

Tamara would love to hear from anyone who knew of Stuart and Edith Booty, have a Vitavox gramophone or who know of any surviving recordings made by Stuart. She would also be interested in talking to anyone who knew their good friends Sid and Enid, Patricia Muriel Bray or Jessie Smith, who was a long time employee of theirs. Please contact Tamara by email at :