Centennial Bakery, located on the corner of Forest Road and Bridge Street, Hurstville, was built in 1888, Australia’s centenary year.
It is a two storey Victorian Italianate style built of rendered brick that consisted of a shop and adjoining residence.
James Newman built the property which was occupied by Fred Mumford, a baker, until 1896.
The property was let by the Newman family until it was purchased by James Packham in 1910.
Packham purchased the adjoining residence in 1914 to accommodate his family and bakery enterprise.
Packham’s baking ovens were located in the yard at the rear of the site along with stacks of firewood and delivery cart horses.
Customers could purchase bread and other baked items through the front window of the bakery and products were delivered by cart throughout the area.
Syd Packham assumed control of the bakery in 1937, expanding the family business then known as Sunbeam Bakery with the construction of an additional modern bakery at Kirrawee.
The site was sold in 1957 and a large, modern bakery known as Buttercup Bakeries was developed there.
The Buttercup operation was sold to Allied Mills in 1971 and the site continued to operate as a bakery until July 1984.
The original building, comprising the bakery and adjoining residence, was classified by the National Trust in 1983 prior to the sale of the property to developers in 1985.
Following the sale, the Buttercup bakery buildings were demolished and ownership of the building was transferred to Hurstville Council.
The bakery underwent restoration and was reopened as the Centennial Bakery Museum in 1994.
The museum was leased to Hurstville Historical Society until 1998, when Hurstville Council became custodians of the historical collection.
The Museum was relocated to MacMahon Street Hurstville in 2004. Hurstville Council currently leases the Centennial Bakery to private business interests.
Hurstville Historical Society Heritage Register, Hurstville Historical Society, 1986
Hurstville History Database, Sargeant, Bernard 2005
Local History Vertical File Centennial Bakery , Local Studies Collection, Hurstville City Library.