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Glebe is an inner Sydney suburb notable for its distinct village character, heritage streetscapes, attractive parks and foreshores and strong sense of community. The Glebe Society's aims are to protect our heritage, encourage a sense of community and create a better future for all residents of Glebe and Forest Lodge.
The Bridge Rd pop-up cycleway was a temporary expedient initiated in September 2020. At the end of March this year the NSW Minister for Active Transport, Rob Stokes, announced it was to be made permanent despite there being no solution to the many safety and access issues. The government must reverse its decision.
Glebe and Forest Lodge are great places to walk, with heritage streetscapes, significant historical buildings, the foreshore walk, parklands and a rich social and industrial history. .See our program of Guided Walks for 2022 and book soon to secure your place!
Catch up on some of the things we’ve been doing over the last month. As well as a meeting with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, the Society made detailed comments on Council’s proposed Community Strategic Plan. Our annual biodiversity lecture featured Professor Dieter Hochuli from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney, talking about ‘how nature survives and thrives in urban environments, and why it matters for the future of our cities’.
Now in its 25th year, the Glebe Art Show returns to the Tramsheds at the end of June after a two-year COVID absence. Entries are now being accepted online via the Glebe Art Show website, from artists in the City of Sydney and Inner West Council local government areas. We look forward to welcoming you to what we believe will be our best ever Show. Come along to celebrate the Glebe Art Show’s return and support local artists.
Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920), was born in Glebe and our 31st Prime Minister, The Hon. Anthony Albanese also has a close association with Glebe. His childhood home was on Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown, just next to Forest Lodge
In 1972 when she was a reporter on the ABC’s ‘This Day Tonight,’ Caroline Jones’s report on the Glebe Estate shocked viewers, many of whom were seeing for the first time what living in poverty looked like in Australia. The landlord, the Anglican Church thought that the best solution to its problem was to sell the Estate to developers, knocking down the historic cottages without concern for the community that had taken root there. Thanks to Tom Uren that did not occur and it was bought by the government. Unfortunately, today it’s not safe from further predations by developers, while the current NSW Government turns a blind eye to ‘demolition by neglect’.
Read our monthly newsletter to find out what’s happened in our community and what’s coming up. From its first issue in July 1969, The Bulletin has been The Glebe Society’s primary form of communication.
Join one of our many varied Glebe Society Events such as guided walks, talks and tours.