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Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy

by Ted McKeown, 3 September 2020 On 31 July the NSW Government issued its 96-page draft Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy, which will be open for exhibition until 13 September. The Planning Strategy is intended to guide the transformation of the Pyrmont Peninsula over the years to 2041. According to the Minister for Planning and Public […]  Read more »

How the Blackwattle Bay Precinct and Fish Market Developments intend to deal with increased traffic and transport needs

By Janet Wahlquist, Transport and Traffic Subcommittee Convenor, 3 September 2020 Infrastructure NSW has released the Traffic and Transport Strategy1 proposed for the new Fish Market and Blackwattle Bay Developments. This article will attempt to summarise what is proposed and what it might mean for Glebe/Forest Lodge. Presently there are three possible development designs. It […]  Read more »

Bridge Rd pop-up cycleway

By Mark Stapleton, Glebe Society President, 3 September 2020 The Glebe Society understand that the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW are installing new walking and riding connections which have been fast-tracked and more road space will be reserved for cycling as part of its plan to help people move around while physically distancing. […]  Read more »

A Wolf at the Door

by Ian Stephenson, 3 September 2020 Ian has recently returned to Forest Lodge after a 20-year absence. He is a museum curator by profession and has been Senior Curator with the National Trust (NSW), Director of Historic Places in Canberra and CEO of the National Trust for South Australia. He is passionate about Glebe and […]  Read more »

Festering heritage sores

By Ted McKeown, 3 September 2020 No matter how hard we try, there are some heritage issues that seem to take forever to resolve. Here is a selection. Forest Lodge Public School – retaining wall ‘repair’ Back in 2014, the Department of Education carried out what they said were urgent works to ‘stabilise’ the sandstone […]  Read more »

Inquiry into the Problem of Feral and Domestic Cats in Australia

by Andrew Wood, Blue Wren Subcommittee Convenor, 31 August 2020 Click here for the full submission. Helen Randerson and Judy Christie, members of the Subcommittee, prepared the Society’s submission to Federal Government’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. Whilst it has been estimated […]  Read more »

2020 AGM: 11am on 20 September at Glebe Youth Service

By Judy Vergison, Events Coordinator In late August members were sent a notice of the 2020 AGM (by email or by post if you don’t have email). Please note that: The venue for this year has been changed to the Glebe Youth Service, 84 Glebe Point Rd, as the Glebe Town Hall is closed until […]  Read more »

150 Year Anniversary of St John’s Church Exhibition: mid-December

By Judy Vergison, Events Coordinator To mark the 150th anniversary of the current St John’s Church on the corner of Glebe Point Rd and St Johns Rd an exhibition is to be held in mid-December 2020 over five to six days at the back of the church and it will be curated by Glebe Society […]  Read more »

Carriers of Glebe and Forest Lodge – Meloys

by Rodney Hammett Max Solling in Grandeur and Grit1 explained that ‘The occupation of carrier provided employment for many in Glebe, but in the final two decades of the 19th century, the number of independent proprietors of one and two horse carts with Glebe addresses shrank from 63 in 1880 to 55 in 1891, and […]  Read more »

Last month’s mystery photo

with Lyn Collingwood, September 2020 Last month’s mystery photo is the stretch of buildings opposite the former Glebe Post Office on Glebe Point Rd near St Johns Rd. Charles Plumridge recalled number 130 was a boarding house, mainly for Uni students, ‘but also a collection of other eccentrics’. Thanks to Rodney Hammett who sent today’s […]  Read more »

Book review

Vrasidas Karalis, The Glebe Point Road Blues: In Prose and Verse, Sydney, Australia (Brandl & Schlesinger 2019). Reviewed by Sybil Jack This is not my Glebe Point Rd. Nor are his blues my music despite the efforts of the many shifting cafes. There are places I think I know but the whole is unfamiliar. Forty […]  Read more »

Valé Peter Thorogood

by Virginia Simpson-Young, 1 August 2020 The July meeting of the Management Committee unanimously agreed to recommend Peter Thorogood’s nomination for Life Membership, to be voted on by members at the AGM. Sadly, Peter died on Friday 17 July, so his election will not now proceed. However, we are happy to say that Peter knew […]  Read more »

City of Sydney: ‘No Greyhound Racing at Wentworth Park’

by Virginia Simpson-Young, 1 August 2020 At its meeting on Monday 27July, City of Sydney Council passed a motion proposed by Councillor Philip Thalis to oppose greyhound racing at Wentworth Park. In support were Lord Mayor Clover Moore along with Councillors Kok, Miller, Phelps, Scott, Scully, Thalis and Vithoulkas. Councillors Chung and Forster voted against […]  Read more »

The end of an era: last YHA hostel leaves 2037

by Virginia Simpson-Young, 2 August 2020 The Glebe Point YHA at 262-264 Glebe Point Rd closed on 5 July, ending the YHA’s 45-year involvement in Glebe. The first Sydney YHA was established in Forest Lodge in 1976 followed by Glebe Point YHA in 1987, then Hereford Lodge YHA in 1988. As nearby residents will no […]  Read more »

17-31 Cowper St, 2A-2D Wentworth Park Rd, Glebe

by Brian Fuller, 1 August 2020 You may recall that, in the last Bulletin of 2019 (10/2019), we discussed a proposal by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC), and the Princes Trust of Australia to develop a mix of social, affordable and private housing on the site, 17-31 Cowper St, 2A-2D Wentworth Park Rd. […]  Read more »



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