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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

New Glebe Society video: Treasure in the City
Posted on 5th June 2021

The Glebe Society has collaborated with postgraduate students from The University of Sydney to produce a new video. It includes some fresh perspectives on Glebe as well as exploring current threats to this special place.  Read more »

Mystery Photo – June 2021
Posted on 7th June 2021

Mystery photo for June 2021 – can you guess where we are?  Read more »

100 Years ago in Glebe & Forest Lodge – June 1921
Posted on 7th June 2021

100 years ago, June 1921: Double shipping tragedy off the NSW North Coast felt in Glebe & Forest Lodge  Read more »

Who Lived in your Street? Peter Lewis Tighe (1860-1946)
Posted on 7th June 2021

Real estate salesman Peter Tighe enjoyed a fleeting moment of celluloid fame in 1913 when he featured in Picturesque Stanwell Park a 20-minute silent film advertising a new land release. Tighe and his family are seen leaving their home Kareela 154 Glebe Point Rd and squeezing into a taxi waiting outside.  Read more »

Glebe’s Aboriginal residents, 1788-1859
Posted on 4th June 2021

Assumptions that Glebe’s Aboriginal community disappeared shortly after British settlement need revisiting.   Read more »

architectural context of 17-31 Cowper St and 2A-D Wentworth Park Rd

Cowper St DA – consider making a submission
Posted on 4th June 2021

Sydney City Council are considering a development application (DA) from the NSW Land and Corporation for the construction of a high-rise development in Cowper Street in what, until very recently, was a Heritage Conservation Area. Submission closing date is 23 June 21  Read more »

Another Conservation Area in Glebe at risk
Posted on 4th June 2021

A key principle underlying Glebe’s conservation areas are that if a Neutral building is to be replaced, the replacement must be sympathetic to its Contributory neighbours, rather than to any Detracting neighbours. This principle seems to have got lost in a recent development approval decision by City of Sydney Council.  Read more »

How to research land records
Posted on 26th May 2021

A handy guide for searching land records.  Read more »

The Duke in Sydney (and Glebe!)
Posted on 26th May 2021

Did you know Prince Philip visited Glebe in 1956 and toured the Glebe Library?  Read more »

100 years ago in Glebe & Forest Lodge – this month: May 1921
Posted on 26th May 2021

What were the papers reporting about Glebe in May 1921?  Read more »

Anzac Day in Glebe, 2021
Posted on 22nd May 2021

Max Solling on the impact of the Second World War on Glebe residents.  Read more »

Who lived in your street? Charles Lanham (1859-1933)
Posted on 22nd May 2021

Charles Lanham & Son’s steam laundry in Forest St, Forest Lodge, operated from 1903 until 1988.  Read more »

Sanitary lanes (aka dunny lanes)
Posted on 18th April 2021

Once an integral and necessary part of the layout among the terrace house development of Glebe (and other inner west suburbs) was the sanitary lane.   Read more »

Eglintoun Village at Glebe Point
Posted on 18th April 2021

In the 1840a, a grand plan for ‘Eglintoun Village’ on land at Glebe Point, was produced by businessman Alexander Brodie Spark. He went bankrupt and it never eventuated, but echoes of the plan remain in today’s street pattern – Eglinton Rd, Pendrill Rd and Edward St. This article traces some of the 19th and early 20th
century residents of this part of Glebe Point.  Read more »

Who worked in your street? 21 Ross St, Forest Lodge
Posted on 17th April 2021

21 Ross St’s ‘red’ history as home of the Communist Party of Australia’s Tribune newspaper  Read more »