Heritage trees

Glebe can boast some very old, and very large, trees, including the Grey Ironbark in the grounds of St Johns Church which dates back to pre-European settlement.

More information:

City of Sydney website – tree policies Scroll to downloads, section C, precincts 11-20. Glebe and Forest Lodge are covered by sections 17-20

See also, Environment section of Glebe Society website

House names

Houses were often known by their names in the days before the numbering of houses became fully systematised early in the 20th century. Many aspirations and preoccupations were demonstrated in the way properties were named by their builders, architects or owners.

More information:

Glebe Society Bulletin, No 7 of 2002 – go to Publications- Bulletin on this website

House Names” post on this web site


Harbour Lighterage Winch
Harbour Lighterage Winch

Industrial archaeology

There are remnants of Glebe’s waterfront and industrial past which are still visible. Along the Foreshore Walk, a crane and winch are reminders of the timber mills and other industries which crowded the waterfront.

Timber industries were located along the Glebe side of Blackwattle Bay up to 1975. Timber was stored on shore; the uncut logs in the water almost filled the bay.

The Harbour Lighterage Winch was used for the repair of lighters that were winched up a slipway for service. (A lighter was commonly an unpowered, flat-bottomed barge, used in unloading or loading ships.)

Stride’s Yard broke up coastal steamers. The crane was used to lift heavy items such as engines.

Sydney Harbour gradually moved from a working harbour to a more passive role; industry moved to Port Botany or closed down.

More information:

Glebe Waterfront Walk