History Week 2016 – Neighbours


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Join Us for History Week 2016, come and explore the historic collections of our neighbors in a colorful Exhibition. Explore the History of Annandale at the Tetch Gallery, or take a walk down memory lane on one of the walking tours.




Birdhat’s Birdwatching Tour.

Calling All Urban Art Twitters to join Birdhat’s Birdwatching Tour.

Local Artist Birdhat (Neil Tomkins) has been delighting locals across Sydney for years with his distinctive urban art characters, which pop up here and there like flowers bursting through concrete. Inner West locals are in for a twitching treat as he creates a special “Birdwatching Tour” where a flock of his characters will gather in nooks and crannies around his studio street block on Parramatta Road, around to Albion Street, Annandale.

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Neil is the successful artist awarded the Transit Zone Commission – a component of the Off Broadway activation program set to enliven sections of Parramatta Road starting with hot spots in Leichhardt, Annandale and Camperdown. Local businesses are already showing support for Neil’s installation – agreeing to offer a perch for his works to sit during September, when the Inner West Council is set to launch its Off Broadway program.

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Neil intends for his trail to delight people of all ages. His characters will embody elements of the long cultural history of Parramatta Road. “I plan to reference local history in the area around my studio and create a fun dialog for the local community.”

Where: Birdhat will also be painting the Project Ugly site at 214 Albion Street,

When: Leichhardt on the weekend of Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 September.

You can also join an official Birdhat Birdwatching Tour on Saturday 3 – September, and keep an eye on this site to find out where you can get a copy of Birdhat’s birdspotting zine.

Bookings: – bronwynt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

History Week 2016 – Marrickville

Walking tour of Newtown

newtownNewtown has been through many iterations: From native pathway to a place for English cottages and country houses, an important railway station, a seemingly-endless strip of shops, a collection of great public buildings designed by Sydney’s best Victorian Architects, a place of poverty and social unrest during the Great Depression, a new home for Greek migrant Australians, and now a place for restaurant-goers, hipsters and goths. Come and discover the many faces of Newtown on this walk.

Meet at Newtown Station (King St entrance) Saturday 3 September, 9.45am-12.30pm

When: Saturday 3 September, 09.45am to 12.30PM


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Can you help us with pics?

Marrickville Library and History has a collection of historical photographs dating back to the early 1830s. However, there is a significant gap in the collection from 1970s onwards. All residents are asked if they could lend their own photographs of events, streetscapes, local business, and even characters and street life of the former Marrickville Council, so there is a lasting public pictorial record. All photographs will be copied and returned, with donators receiving a credit in the archives.

Terms and conditions for donating photos

How to submit your photos:

1. Email the scanned file to history@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

2. Those without access to a scanner can make an appointment to come to the library to scan their photos by calling 9335 2167.

3. Send the scanned photo through WeTransfer (a cloud-based file transfer service that can send up to 2GB in the free version)

  • Go to the website wetransfer.com
  • Add your file/s
  • Enter our email address history@marrickville.nsw.gov.au
  • Enter your email






Winter Dawn Artist in Residence 2016

Please be invited to join our 2016 Winter Dawn Artist in Residence, Carl Milton at the glorious Dawn Fraser Baths on Thursday 18 August, 10-11.30am.

Please note the RSVP date is Monday 15 August to bronwynt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

All welcome!

Winter Dawn 2016- Artist in Residence Morning Tea

National Family History Month

State Library NSW are running some exciting courses for National Family History Month.

If you are interested we also have a family History Workshop at Balmain Library on the 2nd Friday of each Month 11-1pm Next One is Friday August 12th at Balmain Library

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Do you have old photographs? The Lost Local

Do you have any photographs from the past of Annandale,  Leichhardt, Balmain, Rozelle, Marrickville, or Ashfield. As part of History week 2016 we will be inviting you all to share your memories of the Lost local. In September 2016 we invite you all to write down captions of memories on our memory bubbles and pin it to the history pinboard at the library….we want your shots of places people and events from the iconic to the ordinary.


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Looking Down Norton Street to Parramatta Road 1983

Heritage Festival – Discoveries and Rediscoveries a tour with Patrick Callaghan

What a successful Heritage Festival for 2016. Discovering and Rediscovering old gems of Leichhardt North with tour guide Patrick Callaghan . A strong and enthusiastic crowd of 40 joined the tour at 10am at Pioneers Park starting off with the history of Balmain cemetery, and the WW1 Memorial which historically used to be located in the middle of Marion and Norton Street.

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Patrick Callaghan grew up in Leichhardt and remembers walking through Pioneers Park as a young boy when it was a cemetery before it became a park in 1946.

Leichhardt WW1 Memorial has engraved some very significant names such as VC Private Matthew William V.C. , Corporal John Mackey who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War Two.

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The tour continued around to Allen Street to look at the old site of the John Heine Factory, Cyclops Toys, Kings Lawn mowers,  St Columbus school and finally Roebuck Rocking Horses. We heard about the early subdivisions and land grants given to Captain Piper and Hugh Piper. Originally known as  Piperston prior to 1871 when it was renamed “Leichhardt” after Leichhardt Councils first mayor Walter Beames , in an a friendly exchange named the place after the great explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

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


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

Family History – Internet History Resources

Are you conducting family History research.

Don’t forget you can access Find My Past and Ancestry.com at you local library.

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Genealogy at Leichhardt and Balmain Library

Family and Local History Resources

Exhibition Opening Stephen Corry Print maker: Opening 7th June 6pm – 8pm

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Join us for the exhibition opening and drinks with the artist. Free event – RSVP online or call 9367 9266.
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Stephen Corry is an Inner-West Sydney based artist and art teacher. His printmaking practice spans twenty years and he has taught at various community centers in Sydney. Stephen Corry is presenting his seventh solo exhibition at Leichhardt Library during June.

Artist’s Statement
“This art exhibition is only of my printmaking work done in one calendar year. There are thirty-five original prints with multiples of each work with pen added, hand-coloured or highlights added. They are hand drawn and printed by hand. They are in limited editions but all of them are unique to each other. They are characteristic of the detailed drawing that landed me into the Dobell Exhibition in 2011 at The Art Gallery of N.S.W.”

The prints are priced to sell at this exhibition and don’t be put off by an already sold sticker as there are several copies of each design. If you like detailed drawing or skilled carving this show is worth a look at.

View the exhibition from Wednesday 1 June – Friday 30, 2016 during library hours

Tuesday 7 June
6:30pm to 8pm
Leichhardt Library
Free event – All welcome – Light refreshments
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Tom Uren Trail

Tom Uren Trail

The Tom Uren Trail honours the life of a man committed to working in the service of the human family. The Trail is a circuit commencing at Thornton Park near Balmain East Ferry Walk.

The walk takes 2 hours and invites you come to come and discover the Balmain of Tom Uren, the place where he was born and returned to enjoy the final years of his life.

Download thepdf-new-icon.gif Tom Uren Trail Walking Tour brochure 

Please join for the official opening at Illoura Reserve!

Celebrating the life and legacy of local Balmain resident Tom Uren

Saturday 28 May, 2016
11am – Official launch of the Tom Uren Trail.
2pm –
BBQ, and the Best on Trail Hat Awards.

lloura Reserve, East Balmain.

Join us for the opening of the Tom Uren Trail

Tom passed on Australia Day in 2015, and this trail continues his legacy to the local and the wider community.

The Tom Uren Trail honours the life of a man committed to working in the service of the human family.

By walking his trail we invite you to come to know this man in his Balmain, the place where he was born and returned to enjoy the final years of his life.

His was a full life. He worked hard and earnestly, loved large, and learnt from observation and discussion wherever he went. He practised the art of lifelong learning, always keeping an ear to the ground, combining his intuition and intelligence to work for what he believed throughout his long political life. He was a staunch civil libertarian with a strong sense of social justice.

 The Trail: The trail is 2.3km long, has some steep inclines, and will take 2.5 hours at a relaxed pace.