Dorothy Davis, Glebe Society Walks Coordinator, Bulletin 5/2021 July 2021

Join members and friends to discover new aspects of Glebe and its fascinating history as we walk the streets, back lanes, open spaces and parklands, through heritage areas, new apartment developments and examples of adaptive re-use of old buildings.

Two interesting walks are scheduled for August.

For the first, accompany local long-term resident Jan Macindoe, across the Rozelle Bay end of Glebe and Harold Park, and for the second investigate the architecture and history of the Glebe Estate’s ‘infill housing’ with Ian Stephenson, the Glebe Society’s Planning Convenor.

Max Solling’s walk on 11 July was fully booked; however, because of COVID-19 uncertainty we have rescheduled the walk for Sunday 12 September.

Watch out for details in the next Bulletin of a walk along the Glebe Foreshore from Glebe Point Rd to the new Fishmarket site with Asa Wahlquist in September.

Walk: The Toxteth Estate, with Max Solling 

Change of date, now Sunday 12 September

Due to the COVID lockdown, Max Solling’s Toxteth Estate walk has been postponed until 12 September. Registered attendees have been notified of the date change. If you have registered but are unable to attend, please be sure to cancel as there is currently a waiting list.

Walk: Harold Park to Rozelle Bay – layers of history and renewal, with Jan Macindoe

Thursday 12 August 2.30 pm POSTPONED – new date will be advised

You are invited to join Jan Macindoe in exploring the swampy end of Glebe. Allen’s Glen (aka Frog’s Hollow, Harold Park and more) has been transformed many times. These changes reflect the many and sometimes sudden changes in technology and transport over time, and even changes in accepted ideas of how to have fun on a Friday night.

Beginning at the Tramsheds, and helped by old maps and photos, we will look for evidence of the original landscape, and its varied uses and stories, as we wander from Harold Park, along the canal (now being ‘naturalised’) to Rozelle Bay. We will aim to end our wander at the former Toxteth House, as we try to imagine it in its splendid forest setting in the mid-19th-century.

Jan Macindoe has lived in Glebe/Forest Lodge for over 40 years. Together with Neil Macindoe and Liz Simpson-Booker, she developed the various walks on the Glebe Walks website.

When: Thursday 12 August, 2.30 pm POSTPONED

Where: Meet outside Garcon café in front of the Tramsheds.

Bookings:  Through Eventbrite

Cost: Glebe Society members $20; non-members $25. Refund policy: Refunds up to one day before event. Eventbrite’s fee is non-refundable.

Walk: The Good the Bad and the Ugly, with Ian Stephenson

Sunday 29 August, 2.30 pm POSTPONED – new date will be advised

Glebe is a great place to walk, with heritage streetscapes, significant historical buildings, the foreshore walk, parklands and a rich social and industrial history.

This walk explores a century of infill housing in Glebe including cottages in the St Phillip’s Estate built by the Church of England, new apartments built by the Commonwealth as part of the Glebe Project and the remarkable work of the NSW Housing Commission’s Inner City Housing Team in the 1980s. The walk includes apartments, cottages and adaptive re-use, the 2011 Glebe Affordable Housing Project on the old Wentworth Estate and the proposed Princes’ Quarter in Cowper St. The walk starts at the corner of Bridge Rd and Lyndhurst St and will finish at the Nag’s Head Hotel in Forest Lodge. Duration is two hours, distance 3.5 kilometres.

A detailed handout will be given to all attendees. 

Register now so you don’t miss out. Numbers are limited.

When: Sunday 29 August, 2.30 pm POSTPONED

Where: Meet in the small park bounded by Bridge Rd, Coulbourne Ave and Lyndhurst St.

Cost: Glebe Society members $20; non-members $25. Refund policy: Refunds up to one day before event. Eventbrite’s fee is non-refundable.

Bookings: Through Eventbrite

This walk will be led by Ian Stephenson. Ian is the Glebe Society’s Planning Convenor. He is on the Board of the National Trust and has worked in the museum and heritage field for over 30 years including as Director of Historic Places in Canberra, with the National Trust in NSW and SA and for the University of New England.