St Clair park’s new name pays tribute to the Martins
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Legacy continues: Penrith Council hopes to ensure the community contributions of “Uncle Bill” and “Aunty Eva” Martin aren’t forgotten.FOR more than 50 years, Bill and Eva Martin were the very well-known and loved identities in the area now known as St Clair.
Penrith Council will make an submission to the Geographical Names Board after a motion to rename Denver Road Reserve as Bill and Eva Martin Reserve was endorsed to ensure the late couple are never forgotten.
After his return from World War I, Mr Martin was granted 52 acres of land for the house he built where the main building of Clairgate Public School now stands.
He and wife Eva ran The Park Riding School at the property from 1926 until the early 1970s with accommodation for weekend riders.
A petition for the park renaming was started by Leslie and Leon Poulton after a reunion of almost 50 former riding school members in 2011.
Now living on NSW north coast, Mrs Poulton was ecstatic when told the news.
“It’s been a long uphill battle so it’s a relief to know it’s finally gotten this stage,” she said.
“I felt honoured to have known them and naming the park after them will be a fitting tribute.
“They had no children but three generations of children went through the riding school.
“Bill was the muscle of the place while Eva was the heart.”
Mr Martin put back his age by six years to enlist in the army for WWI and, on his return, helped found the St Marys RSL sub branch, where he was president in 1951 and 1956 while Eva was in the women’s auxiliary.
Mr Martin used to lead Anzac Day processions in St Marys on his horse.
After their riding school closed and the land was bought by the state government, the Martins moved to a five-acre property in Orchard Hills.
Bill died in 1976, aged 83, while his wife died seven years later, aged 89.
Alan Cull, 80, also has fond memories of the Martins.
“She never liked being called Mrs Martin, it was always Aunty Eva,” he said.
“They were a well recognised couple who looked after everyone.”
The Poultons and former riding school members will reunite when the park is officially renamed.
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