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What Is Heritage?

‘Heritage’ is the tangible evidence of our history, the things we want to keep, not only for our own enjoyment and education but also for future generations.  Read more »



Posts about Heritage Issues

147-9 Glebe Point Road (former Sushi Garden)
Posted on 7th November 2017

This is the only wooden building surviving in Glebe Point Road, and the only wooden shop in Glebe. There is a case for retaining elements of the late Victorian facade, such as the splayed doorway, iron columns and associated windows, and certainly for recording the building comprehensively and attaching an interpretative plaque  Read more »

Heritage Subcommittee Annual Report 2016-2017
Posted on 28th July 2017

In Sydney, we are currently mired in an era of rush-to-build. It is a given that arguments for better public transport and more social and affordable housing in Sydney are not disputed. And yes, the issues are complex. But the problem is the abject willingness of government to abandon their own heritage principles and conservation areas and displace long-standing communities in order to ‘cut through’.  Read more »

One-of-a-kind 1871 Photographs of Strathmore
Posted on 29th June 2017

The Glebe Society was very fortunate to have been shown two photos of Strathmore [1] (once the home of George Wigram Allen). They seem to be the only existing photographic records of Strathmore as a two-storey building.  Read more »

Video of Glebe Point Road in 1913
Posted on 29th June 2017

We have recently uploaded to our YouTube channel an extract from a 1913 silent film with some great footage of Glebe Point Rd.  Read more »

Cold Case of the Missing Palms Solved
Posted on 28th May 2017

A story in the Bulletin from 30 years ago (Bulletin 3 of 1987) concerns a case of five missing Washingtonia palms, which apparently went missing from the corner of Wigram Rd and Glebe Point Rd, the site of the former Children’s Hospital. Where are these trees today?  Read more »

Restoring Rothwell Lodge’s Rare Fretwork Verandah Post Infills
Posted on 1st May 2017

Rothwell Lodge, at 24 Ferry Rd, was built around 1847. Veranda posts with fretwork infills unique for Glebe and now rare for Sydney.  Read more »

Tram Mural Officially Launched
Posted on 1st April 2017

The unveiling of the Glebe Tram Mural by Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Wednesday 8 March was the culmination of four years of planning.   Read more »

Glebe’s Tram Mural
Posted on 24th February 2017

Congratulations and thank you to mural creator, Kelly Wallwork. With the mural complete – thanks to the inspiration and hard work of the Society’s Janice Challinor.  Read more »

Iron Spearheads
Posted on 24th February 2017

19th and early 20th Century Glebe houses display a variety of boundary fences, most commonly wooden pickets and iron railings. Although the iron fence is a feature of many Glebe buildings there is a range of spearheads used with some common forms such as the fleur-de-lis and a few that are more individualised.  Read more »

Bidura – Potential Listing on the State Heritage Register
Posted on 24th February 2017

The Heritage Council of NSW is considering whether to recommend the Bidura House Group for listing on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgement of its heritage significance.   Read more »

Key Book for Glebe History
Posted on 24th February 2017

This book is the second edition of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation, which was published in 1998 and was an immediate success. It is the story of the NSW branch of the BLF under the leadership of Jack Mundey, Bob Pringle, Joe Owens and others.   Read more »

Sandstone Retaining Walls
Posted on 24th February 2017

The ‘contained portal’ option in Arundel St threatened by WestConnex has been ditched to the vast relief of Glebe residents.
We understand that the repair of the sandstone retaining wall at Forest Lodge will be assessed for funding under the Department’s ‘10 year Schools Stonework Program’.  Read more »

Tramsheds Restoration: a Ray of Light
Posted on 22nd October 2016

It would be hard, in heritage terms, to characterise the last 12 months as anything other than a year of destruction across Sydney. One bright spot, in our own backyard, is the restoration, repurposing and reopening of the Tramsheds at Harold Park, formerly known as the Rozelle Tramway Depot.  Read more »

The Architecture of Arundel Street
Posted on 22nd October 2016

Arundel St could be described as Glebe’s ‘shop window’ which announces to the world the Victorian suburb which lies behind to the north. The Glebe Society’s Heritage Subcommittee has identified a significant number of buildings in Arundel St which it considers to be a vital part of Glebe’s townscape.  Read more »

WestConnex – the Heritage Aspects of One Proposed Glebe Option
Posted on 7th September 2016

WestConnex is currently looking at options for the route of the M4-M5 Link which will take traffic from the Rozelle interchange to St Peters. One option being considered is to provide a “contained portal” allowing tunnel traffic to exit to the city at Arundel St.  Read more »