History Talks on Ludwig Leichhardt – Put it in your diaries

Ludwig Evening Jul 27 @ L

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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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988567_477019615796936_3041651711344586794_nKate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw, Leichhardt Opening
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

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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.

Geo Referencing

Have you been enjoying access to the City Section Maps for Leichhardt, Balmain and Annandale.

Well it’s just got a whole lot more exciting with a Geo referencing project from the State Library of NSW


Leichahrdt Sheet 1h

Are you interested in local history and old maps? Would you like to see how the streets and suburbs of Sydney have changed over the past 100 years? Help us place a selection of digitised maps of Sydney!

Using our online mapping tool you can quickly create an overlay of an old map on top of current mapping and compare the past with the present. In our first geo-referencing project we are featuring around 1,000 maps of inner Sydney. Many of the streets have changed names or even disappeared. Identifying the locations can be like solving a puzzle.

Your name will be credited for any contribution you make and your efforts will significantly improve public access to these collections. Contributors can see the results of their work, as well as the progress of the pilot and other participants.

Check out Leichhardt Sheet 40 1891

Check Out Balmain Sheet 73 1890

Flashback Friday

Caffe’ Sport (est. 1956) now Bar Sport situated at 2a Norton Street close tot the intersection with Parramatta Road Road, opened as a coffee lounge in 1956. It is reportedly the first italian – style coffee lounge (in Italian, bar) in the area. Over the years Caffe Sport has achieved trendy statu, something that Rafaello Raffaelli it’s first proprietor and the person who named it, could never have imagined.

Raffello is originally from Bolzano, near the Austrian frontier with Italy.

Around the mid- 1950s, one of Raffaello’s sisters told him of a shop for sale in in Norton Street, close to tthe Parramata Road intersection. Back in the day it was half a fruit shop and half a milk bar. LaPavoni was the only coffee-making machine imported from italy at that time. small espresso cups and cappacino cups did not exist. Small espresso cups and cuppuccino cups did not exist so he made do.  From 1983 – 2000 the Turco’s family ran Bar Sport. From 2000 Joe Napoliello whose family originates from Salerno have continued the tradition of Bar Sport, as they are in italydecked with a score board of Soccor scores a lunchtime menu good coffee and a vibey atmosphere.


Caffe SportOutside Caffe Sport 1973 Cafe Sport-1Ralph Rafaello 1956
Bar Sport 2011 Photograph by Amie Zar 2011
Photograph by Amie Zar

Joe Napoliello Photograph by Amie Zar


Friday’s photograph

Sydney Harbour Morts Dockc1900 Ballast Point RD TopSydney Harbour Mort’s Dock c1900 Top of Ballast Point Road

Here’s a lovely photograph for Friday from our Balmain’s Industrial Heritage Collection.

Ballast Point Road 2014Here are those Terraces today If you have any shots of Ballast Point Road we would love to create a Then and Now of places throughout the Leichhardt LGA


White Bay Power Station by Jerry Liew

Put it in your diaries. Don’t miss the beautiful artwork of local painter Jerry Lieu who will be presenting his series on White Bay Power Station and Cockatoo Island Opening on:

10 June 2015 6pm for 6:30pm start at Leichhardt Library.

White Bay Power Station

Cyclops Toys – Leichhardt

Cyclops Toys Factory Corner of Francis and William Street, Leichhardt.

Currently the building is made-up of designer apartments with brilliant spaces and views, however this building was once the well known factory of Cyclops Toys. Next door to this building  in William Street is the former machine tool manufacturing plant of John Heine and Sons.

Cyclops Toys established business in 1913 and were originally located at 1 Hay Street Leichhardt.

Cyclops 2Cyclops 3The Sands Directory lists Cyclops at 1 and 1a Hay Street for the years 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918. The company then re appears in the Directory in 1930 on the corner of William and Francis Street, Leichhardt. (See below 1931 Sands Directory) Cyclops toys


Aerial view of John Heine & Son Engineering Works, Leichhardt : with Cylops Toy Factory in background c.1920.


Cyclops Beginnings John Heine Sheet Metal, commenced manufacturing Flat Framed Tricycles at Hay Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW.


Cyclops Name Registered The Cyclops name was registered and a new model scooter the “Kangaroo Cycle Skate” was launched with great success.


First Australian Car The first mass produced Australian car was a Cyclops pedal car, 30 years before the production of the Holden.


Famous Dinky Trike The first of the original Australian designed Dinky Trike was produced, this original design concept was kept until 1950


Cyclops Packard Pedal car Cyclops was producing

Pedal Cars using USA car model looks and names such as Buick, Chevrolet, Hudson and Packard.


Cyclops Pty Ltd The company officially changed its name to Cyclops Pty Ltd after the 2nd World War


50th Anniversary Cyclops Pty Ltd celebrated winning the Australian Wheel toy of the year (adding to the collection of Australian Toy of the Year and Wheel Toy of the Year awards).


Growth   The Cyclops wheel toy range was over 50 models


Hunter Toyline Pty Ltd (Now Hunter Leisure Pty Ltd). Hunter Toyline gained 100% ownership of the brand. The Cyclops brand was back in the hands of a wholly owned Australian company


Hunter Toyline Pty Ltd release many upgraded new models


Micro Scooter The Micro Scooter craze took off around the world. Cyclops re gained a good share of the total scooter market in Australia.


Cyclops Bicycles A complete new range of quality bicycles was released by Cyclops.


Cyclops Bicycle Helmets A range of

Cyclops Bicycle Helmets was released


Cyclops Moto Trike Exciting new Cyclops Designed

3 wheel Ride-On conver ts to 2 wheels.

Collated by Amie Zar If you have any stories or information regarding Cyclops Toys we would love to hear form you you can email localhistory@lmc.nsw.gov.au or reply in the comments field.

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club – Author Talk @ Balmain

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club

Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club

Snails Bay Sailing Club by Asa Wahlquist
Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club : 1962-1973
Author : Asa Karin Wahlquist worked as a rural journalist, winning more than a dozen awards, including a Walkley Award and the Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism.
Available at Leichhardt and Balmain Library $22.00
Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club is about more than a children’s sailing club. It is about the old sailing culture in Balmain, and the area’s waterfront industries. It is about the men who worked on the waterfront, who sailed open boats with their huge sails, and the lessons they taught the children of Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club. It is about being a child in Balmain in the 1960s, before the suburb was gentrified, the waterfront industries closed down and most of the old sailing families moved out. The book also documents the history of the Sabot in Australia.

When:11 June 6pm for 6:30pm start

Where: Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room

Bookings: Link Here

ANZAC Day 2015

11032842_804468039639923_457907528_nIn 1922 thousands gathered around Leichhardt’s 1st memorial which was situated in the middle of Marion and Norton Street. Look at that crowd, it was just one year after the Council’s Jubilee year celebrations in 1921.The memorial was relocated in 1949 to Pioneers Park (previously Balmain Cemetery)The magnificent figure of peace was designed by Gilbert Dobel, it is a grey marble obelisk surmounted by 3 steps and the figure of a lady at the top.The memorial commemorates  the names of 379 men who fought in World War 1 with a total of 537 names for the Boar War, World War 1, World War 2. The memorial was dedicated on 9th April 1922.Image Courtesy of State Library NSW and Posted by sydneythenandnow DCF 1.0Image of The figure of peace by Patriccia Baillie c.2008 from the Leichhardt Library Image collection.
anzac-day2015Put it in your Diaries ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March on Darling Street commences at 5:45am memorialLoyalty Square This is possibly Australia’s first memorial to WW1 soldiers, unusual because it lists only those killed in action prior to the involvement of the AIF on the Western Front in France.  It was unveiled on 23 April 1916 just before the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landing to record the names of soldiers form this district who have fallen in the service of the Empire. It was the subject of a a Balmain Council design competition in 1915.
www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/ANZAC  For more information visit: www.leichhardt5000.com.au/memorials-plaques/balmain-loyalty-square/