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What Is Heritage?

‘Heritage’ is the tangible evidence of our history, the things we want to keep, not only for our own enjoyment and education but also for future generations.



Posts about Heritage Issues

From the President – March 2022
Posted on 7th March 2022

The Glebe Society has been incredibly busy over summer. Catch up with what we’ve been doing by reading the President’s Report.

The Land and Housing Corporation gets the details wrong
Posted on 7th March 2022

One on of the brilliant things about the project by the Federal Government, and later the NSW Government, to restore the former church estates was that they went to a lot of trouble to get the details right. Sadly, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation which looks after the former church estates seems to have lost its memory and its skills.

Re-submitted DA for Bidura still unacceptable
Posted on 4th March 2022

The Society has lodged a follow-up submission in relation to the Bidura development application (DA) which proposes a large scale apartment complex behind the heritage-listed building, replacing the concrete Metropolitan Remand Centre/Childrens Court built in the early 1980s. This follows a period of consultation between the City of Sydney and the developers, Visionland, and amendments to their original proposal. The Society believes that aspects of the proposed development will be alien to the architectural character of Glebe and should not be approved.

Water tower heritage interpretation artwork
Posted on 6th November 2021

One of the requirements of the DA for the development of Harold Park was that the water tank associated with the Rozelle Tram Yards be reinstated. The tank has been reinstated as an artwork by Chris Fox called ‘Immerge’.

Our new video series ‘In Sydney, it’s Glebe’
Posted on 1st October 2021

‘In Sydney it’s Glebe’, six Glebe Society videos about our suburb, its history and heritage and the risks it faces from overdevelopment, have now been released.

Protecting our environment – sewage pumping stations serving Glebe
Posted on 14th September 2021

Four low level sewage pumping stations serve Glebe and surrounding areas, part of a network constructed at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries in response to the outbreaks of typhoid which plagued Sydney from the 1870s to 1890s. Built at a time when small-scale utilitarian buildings were given as much careful attention as public buildings.

Proposed development at 7 Franklyn St and 49-51 Greek St, Glebe
Posted on 5th August 2021

A DA under consideration for these sites, involves demolishing two former warehouses and replacing them with 84 self-contained boarding rooms. The proposed development is out of character with the neighbouring houses. Adaptive reuse of the warehouses would be a better solution.

Bidura: The Bitter Sweet DA
Posted on 3rd August 2021

The DAs for the demolition of the Metropolitan Remand Centre and construction of a new housing development behind the heritage-listed Bidura House are now on public exhibition. We explain the plans and why we are concerned about them.

Yelvertoft, 75 Hereford St, Sells
Posted on 3rd August 2021

The heritage-listed 1858 Victorian Regency sandstone villa, Yelvertoft, has been saved from the developers.

Society meets with State Government to discuss affordable and social housing
Posted on 11th July 2021

Ian Stephenson and Brian Fuller, the Society’s Planning and Heritage convenors, recently joined Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott at a meeting with the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing, to discuss the State Government’s intentions in relation to the provision of affordable and social housing in Glebe.

Damage to heritage-listed sandstone cobbled pavement
Posted on 11th July 2021

The City of Sydney is progressively upgrading the local green parks as part of the Greening Sydney 2030 Strategy. However, the upgrade the Cardigan St Reserve has come at the cost of the removal of some historic sandstone paving.

Glebe Society submission for the review of the NSW Heritage Act 1977
Posted on 14th July 2021

In April 2021 the NSW government asked the Social Issues Standing Committee of Parliament to conduct an inquiry into the NSW Heritage Act. The Glebe Society made a submission to the review.

A cottage in Forest Lodge (image: Phil Vergison)

Council’s heritage education program
Posted on 8th July 2021

At the prompting of the Glebe Society, Millers Point Residents Action Group and the Paddington Society, the City of Sydney Council is planning to further develop heritage information and education programs for owners of heritage homes.

‘It’s only words’: the melancholy of the St Phillips Estate
Posted on 6th July 2021

The Development Application to build two eight-storey apartment buildings and five faux terrace houses in the St Phillips Heritage Conservation Area, brings the plaintive melancholy of the Bee Gees’ 1968 hit song Words to mind

New Glebe Society video: Treasure in the City
Posted on 5th June 2021

The Glebe Society has collaborated with postgraduate students from The University of Sydney to produce a new video. It includes some fresh perspectives on Glebe as well as exploring current threats to this special place.

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