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Max Solling’s 2023 ANZAC Day Address
Posted on 30th April 2023

Historian Max Solling spoke to a large gathering of residents at the Glebe War Memorial on 25 April. this year. He described the identity of Glebe during the World Wars and gave an insight into the daily lives of its residents.  He also spoke of the evolution of war literature, in particular the memoirs of prisoners of war, stories he says ‘rarely rate a mention in the military histories of Australia.’

Glebe’s upcoming 2023 Anzac Day Service
Posted on 27th March 2023

Anzac Day this year will be observed in Glebe with a service at the Diggers’ Memorial in Foley Park commencing at 7.30 am. The service will be followed by morning tea. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mystery photo – April 2023
Posted on 26th March 2023

Try your hand at the April 2023 Mystery Photo – from 1937.

Mystery Photo – March 2023
Posted on 5th March 2023

Each month Bulletin readers are invited to guess the location of a photo selected from various archives of Glebe and Forest Lodge. Can you guess where this photo was taken?

Mystery photo – December 2022
Posted on 18th December 2022

Not a mystery this time, but an undated photograph taken on the back steps of Ellangowan, a mansion in Stewart Street that was demolished around 1970. See also the answer to last month’s mystery photo.
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Blue Plaque Nomination – 23 Avenue Rd
Posted on 14th December 2022

The NSW Government has called nominations of places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program. The Glebe Society made a number of nominations. The tenth site nominated by the Society is 23 Avenue Rd, Glebe. the former home of Bernard and Kate Smith and where the Glebe Society started from a meeting held on 27 February 1969.

Society nominates home of Dorothy Drain for a Blue Plaque
Posted on 30th November 2022

In September last year 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. The Glebe Society made a number of nominations. The ninth site nominated is 52 Toxteth Rd, Glebe, the former home of Dorothy Drain, once one of Australia’s best known journalists.

Mystery photo – November 2022
Posted on 4th November 2022

Where are we, and what’s changed? See also the answer to last month’s mystery photo.

Lake Northam, Victoria Park
Posted on 6th October 2022

Victoria Park – and Lake Northam – have a rich history. Have a look at some photos depicting Lake Northam at different periods in history.

Glebe’s Blue Plaque Nominations, Part 8: Etty Mace

Glebe’s Blue Plaque Nominations, Part 8: Etty Mace
Posted on 6th October 2022

by Lyn Collingwood, from Bulletin 8 of 2022, October The eighth site nominated by the Glebe Society for a Blue Plaque is 151 Glebe Point Rd, where the abortionist Etty Mace (1878-1950) lived. Although used for centuries as a means of preventing the birth of unwanted children, abortion in NSW was not fully decriminalised until […]

The Glebe Society Bulletin –a previous editor’s memories
Posted on 6th October 2022

Sadly, this is Virginia’s last Bulletin, at least for now. This has prompted former Bulletin editor Edwina Doe to look at all the Bulletins, since 1969, on the Glebe Society website.

Mystery photo – October 2022
Posted on 2nd October 2022

Where are we, and what’s changed?

Mystery photo – September 2022
Posted on 8th September 2022

Where are we? Somewhere in Glebe or Forest Lodge …

Glebe’s Blue Plaque Nominations, Part 7: Matilda Steer
Posted on 12th September 2022

by Lyn Collingwood, from Bulletin 7/2022, September The seventh site nominated for a Blue Plaque is 79 Glebe Point Rd where the clairvoyant Matilda Steer (1858-1931) lived. Married to a van driver and mother of six, Steer augmented the family income by charging for private consultations and admission to her public seances at the turn […]

‘Toby Tosspot’, Glebe resident and Australia’s first prime minister
Posted on 9th August 2022

Australia’s first Prime Minister was nicknamed ‘Toby Tosspot’, a reference to his love of long dinners with more than a few glasses of wine. Another prime minister was nicknamed the Silver Bodgie …

Who worked in your street? Missionary James Henry Mills
Posted on 9th August 2022

J.H. Mills was a missionary who worked in the Glebe-Pyrmont district for 35 years. He ran the Glebe branch of the Sydney City Mission from an office in the Mission Hall in Bay St, which opened in 1894. Drinking and gambling were viewed by Mills as major social evils. Read more about his life and his activities as a missionary.

Mystery photo – August 2022
Posted on 9th August 2022

Do you know where this was taken, and what was happening?

Blue Plaque Nominations Part 6: 148 St Johns Rd Glebe
Posted on 9th August 2022

In September last year 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. The Glebe Society made a number of nominations. The sixth site nominated is 148 St Johns Rd Glebe, the home of activist Lucy Eatock.

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

Glebe’s Blue Plaque Nominations (Part 5): 97 Derwent St, once home of Bessie Guthrie
Posted on 6th July 2022

In September last year 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. The Glebe Society made a number of nominations. The fifth site nominated by the Society is 97 Derwent St Glebe, lifelong home of Bessie Guthrie (1905-1977), designer, publisher, feminist and campaigner for children’s rights.

Mystery photo – July 2022
Posted on 7th July 2022

Try your hand at this month’s mystery photo.

Who worked in your street? Gordon Page Barton (1929-2005)
Posted on 7th July 2022

No.1 Arundel St Forest Lodge was once the offices of express transport giant, IPEC. Gordon Barton and Greg Farrell bought the Adelaide-based Interstate Parcel Express Company (IPEC) in 1962, and grew the business into the multinational express freight company it is today.

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 (June 2022)
Posted on 10th June 2022

Last month’s Mystery Photo competition featured Glebe’s former and current post offices. In 2011, despite massive public opposition, the Glebe Post Office was closed and a post shop opened in Broadway Shopping Centre.

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.

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