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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

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.

Mystery Photo – June 2021
Posted on 7th June 2021

Mystery photo for June 2021 – can you guess where we are?

architectural context of 17-31 Cowper St and 2A-D Wentworth Park Rd

Cowper St DA – consider making a submission
Posted on 4th June 2021

Sydney City Council are considering a development application (DA) from the NSW Land and Corporation for the construction of a high-rise development in Cowper Street in what, until very recently, was a Heritage Conservation Area. Submission closing date is 23 June 21

Another Conservation Area in Glebe at risk
Posted on 4th June 2021

A key principle underlying Glebe’s conservation areas are that if a Neutral building is to be replaced, the replacement must be sympathetic to its Contributory neighbours, rather than to any Detracting neighbours. This principle seems to have got lost in a recent development approval decision by City of Sydney Council.

How to research land records
Posted on 26th May 2021

A handy guide for searching land records.

Sanitary lanes (aka dunny lanes)
Posted on 18th April 2021

Once an integral and necessary part of the layout among the terrace house development of Glebe (and other inner west suburbs) was the sanitary lane.

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