Walking tour of Chippendale art galleries 2013
In 2013 we crossed Broadway to sample the art galleries that have sprung up in Chippendale.
Tour of Cockatoo Island 2012
Brewery tour 2011
Tour of Glebe artisans workshops 2010
We visited a range of small businesses, ranging from a flower shop. a bookbinder, and stencil maker to a specialist botanical bookshop.
Our 2007 Christmas Party
Our social calendar for 2007 ended with a garden cocktail party for about 140 members and friends held at Lyndhurst,one of Glebe’s finest heritage homes. Due to the generosity of Tim Eustace, Salvatore and the little princess Leila, we were given the opportunity to admire first hand this beautiful heritage house.
36th Birthday Party, July 17, 2005
To celebrate the occasion of our 36th birthday, about 50 members and friends gathered to enjoy a late afternoon session of jazz at the Glebe Rowing Club, a perfect venue for music, good wine and food and, of course, lots of good company. Some long standing members were present to cut the chocolate cake which was quickly consumed! You will see from the photos below that it was a most enjoyable occasion. We were especially pleased to see some new faces and also some folks who had not attended events in quite some time!
Each year we endeavour to hold our Christmas party at different Glebe venues and 2004 was no exception — our party was held at the new Glebe Rowing Club on the waterfront of Blackwattle Bay opposite the fish markets. This new venue proved to be a great success as a modern facility on an historic site which provided lots of atmosphere and spectacular views of the city as the sun set. Almost 80 people came along to join in the festivities…
Wander and Wonder … a Resounding Success
On 22 June 2003, over 100 members and friends of the Glebe Society gathered at the end of Glebe Point Road on a perfect Sydney winter morning. We were joined by our Lord Mayor, Lucy Turnbull, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Dixie Coulton, and Cr Fabian Marsden as well as a number of senior officers from the City of Sydney including our Glebe Place Manager, Marcello Massi.
David Mander Jones, leader of the “Conserving Glebe Heritage” project team which organised the day’s events, welcomed those attending.
John Buckingham, who had played such a great role in its development, reminded the group of the history of Bicentennial Park, up to and since its opening at the end of 1988.
Neil Macindoe then talked about the gradually increased access to the foreshore of Blackwattle Bay, before leading our band of “pioneers” along the path in front of the new Pavilion apartments. The construction of this path involved rebuilding the seawall with beautiful sandstone blocks. Although the path is still to be sealed and is not yet open to the public, it already opens up an exciting new vista along and across the Bay.
Our waterside walk was interrupted by the Cyclone fencing erected at the boundary of The Anchorage complex. Negotiations continue to allow public access across 15 metres of foreshore land, but on this occasion we had to retrace our steps to Glebe Point Road and then follow Leichhardt and Oxley Streets back to the foreshore at the former Lighterage site. Neil talked about the history of the Lighterage and Stride’s Yard and pointed out the old buildings on the site which happily have been preserved and which are now privately owned houses.
The walk ended at Bellevue, where Bob Armstrong and Chris Hosking described the Glebe Society’s battles with developers and bulldozers, about 30 years ago. Without these efforts, home units would have been built to the water’s edge, Blackwattle Bay Park would not exist and historic Bellevue would have been demolished.
The Lord Mayor seemed to be sympathetic to pleas to end the “demolition by neglect” of Bellevue. Unsuccessful plans, including those for a restaurant or café, have been proposed over the years but the building remains derelict. Andrew Craig, the Society’s President, thanked our Lord Mayor for her interest in Glebe and for participating in the walk. He then presented her with the document, Partnerships to a Vibrant Community – A Strategic Plan for Glebe and Forest Lodge for 2003 to 2008. The Lord Mayor, in turn, thanked the Glebe Society for its work.
Those attending then spent a couple of hours meeting old friends and making new ones, while enjoying the sausage sizzle, muffins and fruit platters provided by Fay, Liz, Jeanette, Yolanda and the heritage team.
– Edwina Doe (with help from Committee members)
Christmas Party at Darling Mills
The Terrace at Darling Mills Restaurant was the venue for a very elegant Christmas Party – the evening was balmy, while the canapés and wine were enjoyed by members and friends alike. This party marked the end of an era because of the Adey family’s decision to sell the restaurant and focus on Darling Mills Farm at Castle Hill. However, we can continue to enjoy their produce at the Farmers’ Market held at Pyrmont on the first Saturday of each month.
Photos by Cynthia Jones
Federation Dinner and Auction
On Saturday 22 September 2001 our Annual Dinner was held at the Record Reign Hall in St. Johns Road. The dinner had a Centenary of Federation theme, and was accompanied by an auction of members’ services which were donated to the Society. The donations have been most generous and interesting — from a flyfishing lesson at Bicentennial Park to a gliding session at Camden; from a night at a Glebe B&B to a consultation with a professional Objects Conservator! How about a physiotherapy or a landscaping consultation? These are but a few of the items that were auctioned . .
Members and friends donated their areas of expertise for this special event. The Society is most grateful to all concerned.
Good times were had by all …
On one occasion, we planned a party to witness “Sunset on the Kanangra” (a Sydney ferry being restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet at Rozelle Bay). Despite a huge deluge of rain which totally blotted out the sunset, the party was a raging success when a local band, The Lombardians, inspired members to ‘let their hair down’, as evidenced by one of our previous President’s relaxed mode!
Hahn Brewery Tour
Apart from the Centenary of Federation dinner described on this webpage, another social event was a tour of the Hahn Brewery at the Camperdown end of Pyrmont Bridge Road. We joined Chuck Hahn, Brewmaster at the Malt Shovel Brewery, for an ‘organoleptic’ evaluation of the renowned James Squire range of beers.
This Camperdown brewery was built as the Hahn Brewery in 1988 in an early 1900s vintage warehouse. It was renamed, ten years later, after the original brewery tavern of James Squire, Australia’s first colonial brewer. Squire arrived as a convict on the First Fleet in 1788 and established his brewery at Kissing Point on the Parramatta River in the early 1800s.
The James Squire brands are handcrafted for richness of flavour and typical styles enjoyed in that period. We tasted a selection of beers, learned about the brewing process and asked questions about the delights of beer. A very convivial night was enjoyed by all who attended.