Latest News – The Glebe Society

Skip to Content

Latest News

From the President – May 2023

In his monthly report, Ian Stephenson, President of the Glebe Society, welcomes the new government’s decision to place a moratorium on the sale of historic housing in the St Phillips and Lyndhurst Estates. And he’s come up with a new name for the developments in Cowper St and Wentworth Park Rd.

Raising Bridge Rd

Infrastructure NSW plans to raise the height of Bridge Rd by one metre alongside the new Sydney Fish Market. Community representatives are raising questions about the impact on traffic, the risk of increased flooding where the raised road tapers off, and the impact on the majestic Moreton Bay figs in Wentworth Park alongside the road.

Mystery photo competition – May 2023

Try your hand at this month’s mystery photo. It was taken in 1953, but where?

Glebe’s Blue Plaque nominations: Sir Douglas Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson, a key figure in Antarctic exploration, lived in Glebe for much of his youth. 28 Toxteth Rd was his home while he was a student at Sydney University. This is the thirteenth site nominated by the Society for a Blue Plaque.

Max Solling’s 2023 ANZAC Day Address

Historian Max Solling spoke to a large gathering of residents at the Glebe War Memorial on 25 April. this year. He described the identity of Glebe during the World Wars and gave an insight into the daily lives of its residents.  He also spoke of the evolution of war literature, in particular the memoirs of prisoners of war, stories he says ‘rarely rate a mention in the military histories of Australia.’

Glebe’s Hill and its flora and fauna

Learn more about the study of the fauna and flora of Glebe’s Hill, on Sunday 7 May. The Hill is a patch of contaminated crown land on the northern side of the Tramsheds. A City of Sydney grant to the Society will fund an investigation by biological scientists from the University of Sydney.

St Helen’s Open Day

St Helen’s Community Centre Open Day Friday 12 May: Enjoy a light lunch and hear from local community groups and organisations about services and activities you’ll want to know about.

Next Players in the Pub: The Harold, Tues 16 May

Set in the staff room of an all-girl school, Morning Sacrifice by Dymphna Cusack interrogates the stifling sexual morality of post-War Australia.

From the President – April 2023

Labor had a victory in the recent election and, despite a swing of nearly 8% against them, the Greens have held the seat of Balmain in which Glebe and Forest Lodge are located. In his monthly report, the President of the Society, Ian Stephenson, thanks Jamie Parker, the retiring MP, and welcomes his successor, Kobi Shetty.

Unravelling the biodiversity secrets and potential of ‘The Hill’

How will the biosleuths discover the fauna and flora living on ‘The Hill’ on the northern side of the Tramsheds?  Find out at a free talk on 7 May 2023.

Having your cake and eating it too

Is it possible to build new social housing to fit in with a heritage conservation area? In this article Ian Stephenson, President of the Glebe Society, argues that the plan for the demolition of 82 Wentworth Park Rd is a case of not managing public assets in an intelligent manner.

Glebe’s upcoming 2023 Anzac Day Service

Anzac Day this year will be observed in Glebe with a service at the Diggers’ Memorial in Foley Park commencing at 7.30 am. The service will be followed by morning tea. Everyone is welcome to attend.

icon for Glebe Society Guided Walks Program

Guided Walks Program 2023 – Exploring Glebe and surrounds

Glebe is a great place to walk, with heritage streetscapes, significant historical buildings, the foreshore walk, parklands and a rich social and industrial history. The next Guided Walk on June 29th is the heritage-listed precinct of the University of Sydney’s main Quadrangle and neighbouring buildings. That’s just one of the walks planned for this year.

Mystery photo – April 2023

Try your hand at the April 2023 Mystery Photo – from 1937.

Players in the Pub – April 2023

‘A Handbag??’ Lady Bracknell’s famous line from Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’. That’s the next production by the Players in the Pub.

See the News Archive for earlier items.

Join us
Become a Glebe Society Member

Join / Renew Gift Membership Donate