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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.

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.

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