Parramatta Road Stories AIR Lyndal Irons

Do you have a story to share?  Local Notes invite you to share your stories with current Artist in Resident, Journalist and Photographer Lyndal Irons

Frequently branded one of Australia’s worst roads, Parramatta Road was also Australia’s first inter-settlement pathway between two colonies. Once populated by Indigenous tribes and bushrangers, I aim to restore a sense of journey to a road better known for daily transit. Part documentary photography and part road trip, my series preserves today’s road for future reference and encourages a deepened experience of the everyday.

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c. Lesly Irons “wedding-package”

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c. Lyndal-Irons_Annandale Hotel

During my AIR with Leichhardt Council, I’m looking for leads and stories from local residents, businesses and pedestrians on Parramatta Road. I’m interested in absolutely everything: residential life, business, your experiences on Parramatta Road. I’m also open to suggestions about what you would like documented, requests and nominations for people and businesses you think deserve recording, parts you value, parts that interest you, aspects you love or hate. I photograph and also interview people and places to tell the story of road through its people and communities.


Please feel free to add comments and anecdotal stories on the blog in the comments field.

OPENING NIGHT HISTORY WEEK Exhibitions put it in your diaries.


History Week Opening Night Workshop




 During the month of September at the Balmain Library, photographs from the book ‘Historical Hotels of the Balmain Peninsula’ will be shown in an exhibition by the author and historical writer, Sharon Cross.

Sharon is a member and Journal Editor of the Lithgow and District Family History Society and has a long history of publicans on both sides of her family tree. She has written and compiled several historical books on hotels and sports. From her first book titled ‘Emu Plains to Bathurst – the Great Inns and Hotels’ the challenge was to present a history of the hotels along the Western Road to Bathurst which proved rewarding.

Balmain Photograph Exhibition PosterThe fact that hotels were in the life of the author’s family tree as well as the research grew interesting in different areas of NSW presented her with an opportunity to compile further books on the subject. Further books included ‘Historical Hotels of Bathurst’ and ‘Historical Hotels of Penrith.

The photographic exhibition focuses on the hotel industry on the Balmain Peninsula that were past and present. The photographs were taken by the author herself. The book will be available for sale at the Balmain Library during the month.


Resident Artist Ian Chapman at the Dawn Fraser Baths

Ian Chapman is the current artist in residence at the Balmain historic gem “the Dawn Fraser Pool” set on the western foreshores of the Balmain Peninsula and tucked away to the side of Elkington Park. Upon our visit down to the pool to celebrate paintings by Ian Chapman the common beautiful tranquillity of the baths invites you into an old tranquil world surrounded by spectacular vegetation.

With old 1880 historic weatherboard structures, cool tranquil waters and timber boardwalks all set the scene for artistic inspiration. The artists space catches the breeze off Sydney harbour and provides a feast of visual inspiration with echo’s of a former Working Harbour with Cockatoo Island juxtaposed with the celebrated Heritage protected shoreline, which takes in Elkington Park.

Long-time established artist and art teacher, Ian has spent the best part of his life painting Australian scenes from urban Parramatta Road to the urban industrial buildings of the Inner west to the tranquil beaches.

Ian’s time at the Dawn Fraser Baths has been an opportunity to visually sink into the clear green waters of the baths and engage with the regular swimmers and groups of locals who love the pool so dearly

Enjoy here his works in progress Watch this space for an emerging exhibition. Be seen at the LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail) exhibition in March 2016 at the Dawn Fraser Baths.


Dawn Fraser Pool by Ian Chapman 2015

c.Dawn Fraser Pool by Ian Chapman 2015


Dawn Fraser Pool by Ian Chapman 2015

For more works from this Australian Artist.


History Week 2015

History Week Flyer

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Leichhardt Library Annual Photography Award Peoples Choice..Vote now

Hayley Anderson

Photograph by Hayley Anderson Winner of the Landscape Award.

Entries in the 2015 annual photography award.

National Family History month workshops at Leichhardt and Balmain Library

Come and join us for National Family History Month at Leichhardt and Balmain Library.

Use and Find My Past to see how far back you can go.

Bookings: 9367 9266

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History Talks on Ludwig Leichhardt – Put it in your diaries

Ludwig Evening Jul 27 @ L

Bookings :

Ludwig Speakers Profiles

Not To Be Missed Artist Talk… Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw by Bec Wilson

Do you love the Thrill and drama of the Ned Kelly Story well come and hear about the amazing history of Kate Kelly Ned’s strong, loyal and forbearing sister. With over 30 well illustrated paintings and a strong narrative this exhibition is not to be missed.

Don’t miss it Tomorrow night come listen to Rebecca Wislon share the findings of her research and deliver an artist talk.

16th July 6pm Leichhardt Library …2hrs free parking.

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Hello everyone!
Here is the invitation to the opening at Leichhardt Library,   Thursday, 9 July 2015, 6-8pm. Jamie Parker, the Greens MP for Balmain and former Mayor of Leichhardt, has agreed to open the exhibition.
All the details are on the invite and the library can validate parking if you park in the Italian Forum carpark. Hope to see you all there and please feel free to forward this on to anyone you think may be interested in attending.
Thanks for your support and we’ll see you there!

Light Refreshments

Free Event Bookings:

A Village on the Harbour

A village on the Harbour Come and see the beautiful images of Balmain taken by Lynn Pearce.

Opening Night July 1st 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Balmain Library 370 Darling Street Balmain.