The Glebe Society Plaques Database is now ‘live’. There’s a link from the dropdown menu under ‘History & Heritage”.

Several years ago, the City of Sydney set out to identify all the extant plaques in its entire local government area. City officers approached the Glebe Society to undertake the initial phase of this project. Our primary brief was to identify, photograph and record all the plaques installed in publicly available sites in Glebe and Forest Lodge. Our secondary brief was to assist the City in further developing guidelines for the project as it was rolled out across other villages.

Such plaques offer a tantalising edit of a life: wording so brief as to be almost Twitter-like. Nevertheless, we hope they will stimulate further understanding and research.

These plaques are tributes by a community which has recognised and valued the diverse contributions of local legends. The plaques themselves recognise the effort in fundraising to make the recognition possible and the negotiations surrounding the choice and significance of their placement. The plaques also suggest the hand of the artist/creator in their design.

If you know of a plaque in the area which is not on our database or you can provide additional information or a correction, please contact

Plaque in the St John's Community Centre (from the Glebe Society Plaques Database)
Plaque in the St John’s Community Centre (from the Glebe Society Plaques Database)