History Week Events 2014 – Local call to Arms 1914 -1918

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Leichhardt Historical Journal No 24 by Peter Reynolds

The much awaited for Leichhardt Historical Journal No 24 has now been released. On sale at Balmain and Leichhardt Library $20.00


Parramatta Road Heritage Streetscape by Emilio Cresciani

In response to the large scale proposed changes to Parramatta Road under the WestConnex Project, the Leichhardt Council Heritage Advisory Committee have facilitated a Local History grant to create a photographic panorama and heritage streetscape of Parramatta Road which documents all the buildings on the Leichhardt Local Government Area side of Parramatta Road – from Hawthorne Canal to Booth Street – approximately three kilometres long.

This project contributes to a cannon of famous documentations of streetscapes, a valuable record for now and the future.

Parramamtta Road Street Project3 from Localnotes on Vimeo.

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Parramatta Road has been a major artery linking the two settlements in Parramatta and Sydney from early colonial times. Progressive improvements to the size and type of road reflect changing technology and urban use.

Governor Macquarie called tenders for the repair of the track in 1815 and widened it to ten metres. The Sydney Municipal Council set about widening the major routes into the city with the Sydney end of Parramatta Road widened and improved in 1910-1911.

The 20th Century also saw the advent of motorised traffic on the road, and in the 1920s the surface of the road was sealed and trams were removed from the road.

Today, over three million commuters use Parramatta Road each year.

The street is characterised by high street shops in buildings dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The streetscape is rich with Victorian, Edwardian / Federation, Art Deco and 20th Century architectural styles. Today it is known as a strip for wedding dress shops, pubs, camera stores, 1960-70s milk bars.

Emilio Cresciani’s photo essay preserves a unique moment in the history of this major artery and contributes to the social history and photographic archive of Sydney. It continues the legacy of documentation of key times and periods in Sydney’s growth and the global practice of street documentation.

Unilever Balmain

Exhibition August 1-30 @ Leichhardt Library

Jim Nash Unilever History Presentation

Unilever2Unilver in Balmain Opened in 1892 ceasing operation in 1988.  On August 6th we held the opening of the Unilver Exhibition with over 50 guest including old time Balmain Employees of Unilever and present Employees of Unilever. The Exhibition was the outcome of of a Leichhardt Library Local History Grant obtained by ASHET ( Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology). Co-ordinated by ASHET secretary Ian Arthur and  design by Judy Denby of Site Specific. Jim Nash a longtime employee gave an historical presentation having been an employee for 52years and playing an active role in product and packaging development. Jim  enhanced the exhibition with his personal collection and memorabilia including vintage packaging, certificates, medals and 1940s Woman Weekly adds.

Thank you to special guest Councillor Craig Channells, Cr Vera Ann Hannaford, Jim Nash – Unilever and Ian Arthur from ASHET

All in all it was a 3 part Exhibition Please find attached a slide presentation on the history of Unilever – Balmain

The Exhibition is on until August 30.

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History Week 2014

History Week 2014 brochure


History Week Flyer 2014


SAG Society of Geneoalogists Workshops – August


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Book Now – Exhibition Opening “The History of Unilever at Balmain”

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Book Now at Unilever or Phone on 9367 9266

WW1 Scanathon

It is the beginning of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, Leichhardt Library is inviting the community to bring in family heirlooms to be photographed or scanned and added to a new online resource which is being developed here. A “scanathon” of images, postcards, documents, diaries or personal mementos relating to WWI will take place at Leichhardt Library in History Week on Thursday, September 11 from 10am-4pm

ww1 ScanathonThese images and photographs of memorabilia will be added to the Leichhardt 3000 Weblog.

When: Thursday September 11
Time: 10am – 4pm
Entry Fee: Free Event
Express your interest at: at Scanathon
Blog: www.localnotes.net.au
The Leichhardt 3000 project is a joint partnership between Leichhardt Council, HGOLD (Heritage Group of Leichhardt District) the Balmain Association, and the National Archives of Australia.

The Weblog Leichhardt 3000 is a community project that will become a resource for local school students, families, researchers and will be an ongoing project throughout ww1 commemorations.

For further information contact Amie Zar, Local History librarian at Leichhardt Library on 9367 9335 or email: leichhardtww1@lmc.nsw.gov.au

Local History Grants



Our Sporting Treasures workshop at the State Library of NSW

AussportThe Jack Johnson and Tommy Burns fight, Norman Lindsay, 1908, call no. V/158, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Type:     Talk
Date:     Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time:    10.30 AM to 12.30 PM
Venue:   Meet in the Macquarie Street foyer
Cost:      $10 incl. GST, bookings essential  Bookings

Sport has played a significant role in shaping Australian cultural identity. This program highlights many national and international sporting resources held in the State Library. Focusing on a variety of sporting events – including Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games – we will discuss and demonstrate how to locate printed, manuscript and pictorial material from our online catalogues and journal databases. Unique items from our significant collections across a range of sports will be on display.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.