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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 »

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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 »

Heritage Subcommittee Annual Report 2015-2016

Heritage Subcommittee Annual Report 2015-2016

Posted on 29th July 2016

Over the last twelve months the Heritage Subcommittee has sought to improve the protection of Glebe’s heritage through providing information, working to improve understanding and through advocacy. including Bidura, Bridges, Anzac Centennary, Rearviews in the Bulletin, Old Maps for the Website and Other Conservation and Maintenance Matters  Read more »


Posted on 5th July 2016

The Heritage Subcommittee has considered many different options for celebrating and focussing attention on this aspect of our Victorian and Federation houses.
We have decided that the Glebe Society website offers the best medium for showing off the glorious colours and designs of some of Glebe’s beautiful leadlights. We envisage including on the website a selection of pictures of leadlight styles, mentioning the street, but without identifying the specific house pictured.  Read more »

Glebe’s War Memorial

Posted on 12th June 2016

The City of Sydney’s restoration of the Glebe War Memorial in Foley Park was ‘highly commended’ in the recently announced National Trust’s 2016 annual Heritage Awards. The Glebe War Memorial restoration project involved the conservation of almost every element of the memorial. It was built in 1921 in honour of 174 local residents who did […]  Read more »

RMS Tries Again

RMS Tries Again

Posted on 12th June 2016

The Glebe Society lodged an objection to a proposal by Roads & Maritime (RMS) for the installation of a permanent electronic message sign on Parramatta Rd, near Derwent St.  Read more »