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Vale Janet Venn-Brown
Posted on 13th September 2021

Well-known Australian artist, Janet Venn-Brown, died on 6 August, aged 96. Janet had a long association with Glebe and the Glebe Society. Read more about her fascinating life.

A man who punched above his weight – John McColl
Posted on 12th September 2021

A much-loved boxing trainer and community member, John McColl, died in August at the age of 81 years. After a successful boxing career he set up and ran the Glebe Estate Boxing Gym that was once located on Wentworth Park Rd. As well as training state and national champions, the gym played a vital social role in the Glebe community.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for Glebe local, Ann Curthoys
Posted on 4th August 2021

In the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List Glebe local, Ann Curthoys, received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to tertiary education, to social history, and to research. Ann has a long association with Glebe, both as a resident and as an intellectual and an activist participating in Glebe’s progressive environment. Find out more about this Glebe treasure.

Who lived in your street? Catherine Anna Korff (1862-1938)
Posted on 4th August 2021

Catherine (Kate) Korff was one of eight daughters of Frederick James Robert Korff. The last unmarried sister to die, Kate’s passing marked the end of her family’s 80-years’ residency on Hereford St. In 1940 two brick semi-detached houses replaced the old home. They remain standing, as numbers 19 and 19A.

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

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.

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

100 Years ago in Glebe & Forest Lodge – this Month: April 1921
Posted on 8th April 2021

100 years ago this month – April 1921 – Opening of new Hostel for Girls at 29 Arundel St, Forest Lodge

The YHA site in Forest Lodge
Posted on 7th March 2021

The YHA at Forest Lodge closed in 2020. Find out more about the history of 28 Ross St, Forest Lodge.

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