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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.

An unsuccessful proposal for the development of part of Glebe
Posted on 13th September 2021

In the 1840s, a new, and poorly-managed, Sydney Council proposed to use Grose Farm (now the University of Sydney) as a cattle market and abattoir.

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.

Mystery photo – August 2021
Posted on 14th August 2021

Mystery photo for August 2021 – This month’s mystery photo. Somewhere in Glebe or Forest Lodge!

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.

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