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The area known as Carss Park was part of 119 acres of land originally purchased from the Crown by Jonathon Croft in 1854 for £123. The land was subsequently acquired in 1863 by William Carss, a Scottish emigrant cabinet maker. William Carss originally lived at Ashfield, where his wife, Helen, 47, died in 1853. He had earlier lost two infant children.

When Carss established his Carss Bush property, as it was then known, he had his wife's body and those of the two children exhumed and re-interred in the vault which is still in the park. William Carss' remains were also interred in the vault when he died in 1878, at age 78.

Carss daughter, Mary, continued to live in the family stone cottage with her brother James and a housekeeper, until she died in 1916, when the estate was bequeathed to the Trustees of the Sydney Sailors' Home, in accordance with Mary Carss' will, and as her father had wished.

With insufficient resources to develop the Carss' estate, the Trustees planned to sell it. Fortunately, they gave Kogarah Council preference over a number of land developers because the Council intended to set aside part of the land for parkland, was prepared to call it Carss Park and to preserve and maintain the Carss family tomb. On 26 January 1924 the park was dedicated to public use and the remaining land subdivided by Council and sold.

Digital Imaging Group members visited Carss Park in July 2005 to practise their photography skills, and a sample of their efforts is shown below.

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Mavis Fitzgibbon
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Ken McCrae
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Ken McCrae
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Kathleen Howell
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Vijay Balachandran
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Vijay Balachandran
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Geoff Turton
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Ian Robinson
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Ian Robinson
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Joyce Pickup
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Joyce Pickup
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Geoff Turton

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