Walter Liberty Vernon (source: Wikipedia)

By Katharine Vernon

from Bulletin 9 of 2020

Historic Houses Association of Australia is hosting an online seminar (free for members; $10 for non-members) called Seeking Out Walter Liberty Vernon: Monuments of Art and a Distinctly Australian Architecture. The seminar will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020 from 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm.

Glebe Fire Station 2018 (photo: Sardaka – Wikimedia)

WL Vernon was Government Architect from 1890 to 1911. Notable buildings of his include: Central Station, Mitchell Library, Maclaurin Hall at the University of Sydney and Darlinghurst Fire Station. Many examples of his architecture can be found in Sydney’s Inner West: Annandale Police Station, Newtown Post Office, Ultimo Post Office, and Pyrmont Fire Station.

In Glebe, Vernon is responsible for parts of Glebe Public School and the Glebe Fire Station.

For details and to register, go to

Glebe Fire Station – Elevation 1954 (image:
Walter Liberty Vernon (from Australian War Memorial)