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 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.

Artist Talk – Vince Vozzo May 10th @ 6pm Leichhardt Library

Join us on May 10 at 6pm for 6:30pm start for an Artist Talk with renowned artist and sculptor Vince Vozzo.

Michael Hedger the Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum will lead a conversation  with Artist and Sculptor Vince Vozzo whose work  made from giant slabs of imported Italian marble form the basis for his most spectacular work, including The Last Desire, which is the largest piece of single-handedly carved marble in Australia. Vozzo has exhibited in 32 solo exhibitions and produced thousands of artworks in different mediums. His exhibition “Dreaming of Galileo” has been at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum Feb—March 2016.


“An obsession with surface and perfection over the past three decades has driven Vince to transform cold inanimate objects into warm figures full of life,” says Michael Hedger,

While best known for his sculpture, Vince works in a variety of media, and this exhibition will also feature a recent large drawing and a provocative frieze of 20th century artists.

“His sculptural works are modernist in approach, exhibiting purity in line, geometry and form but these forms are from a tradition begun in the Paeolithic period with famous fertility carvings such as Venus of Willendorf. They were revived early in the 20th century by Matisse’s reclining rounded female figures and then realized in the sculpture of Henry Moore where the figures came to resemble landforms. Like those of his predecessors, particularly in the paintings and sculpture of Brett Whiteley, Vozzo’s exaggerated voluminous forms exude abundance, fertility and sensuality.” says Michael Hedger, Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Vince has exhibited internationally and widely within Australia including at Sculpture by the Sea (13 times to date) and for the McClelland Sculpture Survey Award, and the Wynne and Blake Prizes.

In a career spanning three decades, he has had 32 solo exhibitions and produced thousands of artworks in different media.

Vozzo is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions and his work is represented in private and public collections in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. Vince’s work has also been seen on the small screen, including a sand sculpture that he created for Robert Hughes’s documentary The Fatal Shore.


Wall to Wall Bus Tour

This Year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Wall to Wall Mural competition. As part of the Heritage Festival 2016 Discoveries and Rediscoveries we conducted a bus tour of seven stops,  just a taster of the overall 60 large and small scale murals in the Leichhardt LGA administrated by Public Arts Officer Bronwyn Tuohy.

Each year Wall2Wall adds another series of award winning murals, adding quality site specific murals to the local cultural landscape. On this tour we journeyed from iconic political murals from the 80s such as The Crescent Mural of Annandale, to murals that identify artists as individuals with their own signature style. The tour celebrates the diverse range of creativity expressed through murals in public space.wall to wall bus tour small (1)23

Stop:  Lambert Park Wall – (Artist: Numskull and Beastman)

Tour Guide. Bronwyn Tuohy

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Stop 7: Project Ugly – rolling platform – current work (April 2016) by Stuart Sale

Find My Past

Did you know you can search Find My Past Database at Leichhardt and Balmain Library.

There are some great databases integrated for Family History Research.

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WALL TO WALL MURAL TOUR 10th anniversary

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Come and discover the eclectic murals of Leichhardt, from historic political iconic murals such as The Crescent Mural of Annandale designed by Rodney Monk in 1980, painted at a turning point in Leichhardt’s History as the inner city was being transformed with changing demographics associated with de- industrialisation.
Celebrate Wall to Walls 10th year with an extensive amount of murals celebrating colour, diversity, coffee culture, history and heritage are there to be discovered.
2 spots left
When:Thursday 14th April 10am -12pm
Meet at:
Leichhardt Town Hall
107 Norton Street, Leichhardt,
New South Wales,
9367 9226

Link to gallery of Murals



Heritage Festival Photographic awards

We had a wonderful opening for the Heritage Photographic Competition with entries capturing the James Barnet designed Post Office, the 56 year out Leichhardt  Park Aquatic Centre, the 1888 Leichhardt town hall and the historic buses from the Bus museum now situated in Leichhardt. We have announced the winners for the following categories.

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 Minimal Storm By Phillip Trinh

 Summer-time storm clouds hanging over Leichhardt Town Hall Clock Tower.

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. On your mark, get ready, get set and go by Marea Ornelas

  Enjoying Leichhardt Park Aquatic Pool.- Places


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Mystery Lady By Ron Kennedy  Portrait of lady in in black & white – People

Discover and Rediscover Catalogue