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A tale of two prime ministers
Posted on 6th June 2022

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

Caroline Jones and the Glebe Estate, ‘This Day Tonight’ 1972
Posted on 10th June 2022

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’.

Glebe’s Blue Plaque nominations, Part 4: Elsie Women’s Refuge
Posted on 10th June 2022

The fourth site nominated by the Glebe Society for a Blue Plaque is Elsie Women’s Refuge at 73-75 Westmoreland St, Glebe. It was the first women’s refuge to open in Australia. In September 2021 the NSW Government called for communities to nominate places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program.

Mystery Photo – May 2022
Posted on 12th June 2022

Where in Glebe was this photo taken?

Who lived in your street? Leslie John Roberts Jones (1886-1970)
Posted on 7th March 2022

Inspired by reports he heard of the flying exploits of the Wright brothers and lectures he attended given by Lawrence Hargrave, ‘Jack’ Jones built an aeroplane frame and engine in the backyard of his 108 Hereford St house.

Sarah (Sadie) Murdoch King passes away days after her 100th birthday
Posted on 7th March 2022

It is with great sadness that we heard about the death of Sadie King, just a few days after her 100th birthday. Read more about Sadie’s fascinating life.

The story behind the packaging – Sydney Flour
Posted on 6th March 2022

1 Glebe Rd, Glebe, now the site of 279 Broadway, was the home of Federation Flour sold by Sydney Flour Pty Ltd. The site had been purchased by Adolph Frederick Brockhoff, and his sons Frederick and Charles, in January 1906

Blue Plaque nominations for Glebe & Forest Lodge
Posted on 4th March 2022

The Glebe Society has made a number of nominations to our local member, Jamie Parker, for Blue Plaques to be erected in Glebe and Forest Lodge. Blue Plaques will recognise and celebrate important people and places in NSW. Our first nomination was 27 Catherine St, Forest Lodge, which was the home of the civil rights activist Charles Perkins and his wife Eileen and daughter Hetti while he was studying at the University of Sydney.

This month’s mystery photo – December 2021
Posted on 22nd December 2021

with Lyn Collingwood, December 2021 from Bulletin 10/2021 Where are we? Please send your suggestions to history@glebesociety.org.au.            

Mystery photo – November 2021
Posted on 17th November 2021

See the answer to the Mystery Photo for November 2021.

Mystery photo – October 2021
Posted on 6th October 2021

The October 2021 Mystery Photo was the site on which John Byrne Court now stands.

Who worked in your street? 37 Glebe Point Rd
Posted on 6th November 2021

Badde Manors, Glebe Point Rd’s oldest café trading under the same name, was vandalised in late September 2021. Fortunately, emergency services arrived quickly and fire damage was minor. A variety of businesses operated at 37 Glebe Point Rd before Badde Manors opened in 1982 …

The Creation of Lombard St, Glebe
Posted on 4th October 2021

Lombard St came into existence in 1901 and took its final form in 1994 when Mirvac developed the old Meloy Carriers site. Read about the transformation of the land which Lombard St now occupies from 1828 until the current day.

This month’s mystery photo – September 2021
Posted on 13th September 2021

Try your hand at this month’s mystery photo – which pub is this and what are they doing?

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.

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