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From the President – April 2022

Catch up with what we’ve been doing by reading the President’s Report. This month has seen us attending meetings with Council and other groups with similar goals to ours. Our program of Guided Walks is also going strong.

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Guided Walks Program 2022 – Exploring Glebe and surrounds

Glebe and Forest Lodge are great places to walk, with heritage streetscapes, significant historical buildings, the foreshore walk, parklands and a rich social and industrial history. .See our program of Guided Walks for 2022 and book soon to secure your place!

Blue Plaque nominations for Glebe and Forest Lodge (continued)

The Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre was established in 1975 at St James Hall, 153 Bridge Road, Glebe as a full-time training program to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take up professional dance. It launched the careers of many dancers and performers, and raised the profile of Aboriginal dance on the international stage. The Glebe Society has nominated St James Hall to have a Blue Plaque commemorating this history.

Environmental news from the Blue Wren Subcommittee

The Glebe Society’s annual biodiversity lecture will this year feature Professor Dieter Hochuli talking on ‘How nature survives and thrives in urban environments, and why it matters for the future of our cities’. It is on 25 May. Also read news from the Glebe bushcare groups.

Who lived in your street? Leslie John Roberts Jones (1886-1970)

Inspired by reports he heard of the flying exploits of the Wright brothers and lectures he attended given by Lawrence Hargrave, ‘Jack’ Jones built an aeroplane frame and engine in the backyard of his 108 Hereford St house.

Pedestrian safety still at risk at new Sydney Fish Market site

Transport for NSW officials have responded to urgent concerns over pedestrian safety along Bridge Rd, next to the construction site of the New Sydney Fish Market. Transport for NSW plans to improve signage ‘within a few weeks’, and that they were currently undertaking a pedestrian safety review, which they aim to implement ‘sooner rather than later’. The results of the review will not be publicly available.

Artists@Work along our Glebe foreshore

The Glebe Art Show Committee came up with the brilliant idea of inviting local artists to work en plein air as part of the first Glebe Art Walk at four locations along the Glebe foreshore, on February 6th. Following its success and the buzz created, a second Glebe Art Walk is planned for September this year.

From the President – 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.

Update: proposed eco-corridor as part of the future for Bays West

A wildlife corridor is being proposed for the foreshores of our bays. The corridor, which would link to similar corridors in Glebe, Annandale, the Greenway and Callan Park, should be included in the government’s Bays West plans.

Sarah (Sadie) Murdoch King passes away days after her 100th birthday

It is with great sadness that we heard about the death of Sadie King, just a few days after her 100th birthday. Read more about Sadie’s fascinating life.

Report on a Glebe Society Guided Walk: ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly …’

The Glebe Society’s 2022 program of Guided Walks kicked off on 6 February with a walk led by our President, Ian Stephenson. This walk, titled The Good the Bad and the Ugly: a hundred years of infill housing in Glebe took us on a stroll through the Lyndhurst, St Phillips and Bishopthorpe Estates.

The Land and Housing Corporation gets the details wrong

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.

What’s in a number?

Have you ever noticed that all NSW traffic lights have a unique number? In Glebe, these numbers, located on the blue-grey box beside our intersections, can illuminate some aspects of our suburb’s early infrastructure history – and Glebe’s importance in Sydney’s early road network.

Re-submitted DA for Bidura still unacceptable

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.

Blue Plaque nominations for Glebe & Forest Lodge

The Glebe Society has made a number of nominations to our local member, Jamie Parker, for Blue Plaques to be erected in Glebe and Forest Lodge. Blue Plaques will recognise and celebrate important people and places in NSW. Our first nomination was 27 Catherine St, Forest Lodge, which was the home of the civil rights activist Charles Perkins and his wife Eileen and daughter Hetti while he was studying at the University of Sydney.

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