Sunday, April 28, 2019

Yaama Ngunna Barka Exhibition

with Bruce Shillingsworth and George Gittoes
Yaama Ngunna Barka (Welcome to River) Exhibition was a display and silent aucition of Bruce Shilingworth's River Collection at Mosman Art Gallery.

Bruce is from Darling River country and he has painted works about the river including its current peril.

Bruce is organising a Corroboree in October 2019 to sing the river back to life.
with Jacqueline Marks and Linda Eisler

Video: 2019 Corroboree Project Yaama Ngunna Barka (Welcome to our River)

Bruce Shillingsworth is on Facebook and Twitter

Saturday, April 27, 2019

From and Annandale on the Web to 7 Short Walk Books

In 1998, I created a website called "What's on in Annandale". Then, past and present residents began to share stories and fond memories and an Anecdotal History of Annandale was born.

Next the National Library began to digitise old newspapers and created Trove a comprehensive search engine across all Australian Libraries. "In 2001 the [National] Library embarked on a major digitisation project to provide improved access to its large and diverse collection." -  Library celebrates 100 000th digitised picture (1 Nov 2007)

Digital copies of maps, photographs and newspaper articles made Trove an invaluable resource in researching Annandale's history.

The NSW and National Archives also provided online indexes and digitised content and reading rooms where original material could be accessed.

Leichhardt (now Inner West) Library's Local History and NSW State Library
as well as other museums and libraries have also been digitising their content and revealed moments in Annandale's History.

NSW Records makes photographs have also been made available on Flickr and reuse was encouraged. See Anecdotal History of Annandale Post Office

Then I was invited to guide a walk as part of the Hunter Baillie Church Heritage open Day in April 2011.

Responding to the interest in walking and history, I was encouraged to publish the walk and 1890s Annandale became the first in a series of Short Walks around Annandale.

There are now seven books in the series and I will be guiding the eighth walk '60s Annandale on 5th May before writing up and publishing it.

The paperbacks have been popular with the assistance of the Annandale Village Newsagent and Gleebooks. Lulu also organises distribution through Amazon

The e-books are also available on several platforms: 

Read more about  Annandale Short Historical Walks Paperbacks and eBooks

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Perambulation 25 April 2019

Shared zone in Charlotte Street at Ashfield Station.

Bikes parked at the Goodman Buildings Johnston Street Annandale on the way  to Stanmore Station from where I caught a train to Ashfield.

 Ashfield Park War Memorial to Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses who died in WW1.  - the Rosemary was planted to remind us of those who died in the Boer War, WW1, WW2, the Korean, Malayan and Vietnam Wars. The Inner West Council put up a plaque in 2017, to those who have died in the Iraq Wars.

 Rotary Park needs some love and perhaps a table tennis table.

Salt Glazed Storm Water Pipe, Alt St Ashfield

Johnston Street 24 April 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Newcastle, Shared Path, Docked eBikes and Tram

Signage on the Newcastle Forshore Shared Path.

One giving a speed limit and prioritising pedestrians the other leaving to rider's judgement.


Eastern Terminal of the Light Rail Line
The Newcastle Tram is now in operation.

It is a wireless implementation relying on pantographs to recharge batteries at the stations.

The Heavy rail line has been cut at the western end of the CBD. Wickham is the new interchange from heavy rail to light rail.

Currently there is only a single line at each end of the route.  A similar approach to the Sydney Inner West line is now severely limiting the capacity of the line. (Journeys on the inner west light rail are also growing rapidly, with the circa 10 million trips in the past year already above the number of annual trips predicted for 2026 - 4 May 2017, Open Opal data offers valuable insights for planners and developers

Docked E-Bikes

engaged pantograph
The new tram runs partly in the rail corridor and partly on the road. The light rail extends about 500 meters beyond the Newcastle Railway Station.

Transport NSW is also supporting Docked E-bikes.

Though not on Opal Cards.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Johnston Street Jazz (18 April 2019)

With Naomi, cofounder Johnston St Jazz
It was good to meet Naomi, one of the co-founders of Johnston Street Jazz.

Johnston Street Jazz happens
every Thursday night
at 81 Johnston St Annandale.
Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start
Tix: $20/$10 for an evening of improvised jazz.

The format of the evening is generally one set of great music (mostly instrumental, mostly local, mostly unamplified). Followed by Free For All, an open improv concept where the audience becomes the band.

Naomi wrapping up Leonie Cohen and her crew
Last night was a packed house for a two set performance by Leonie Cohen and her crew.

Cohen's launched her new album “Pages Suite”.
Artist painting the performance

Naomi, Yvette and others jamming in the free for all
The performances at Johnston Street jazz are being captured in paint by an artist.

The improv featured, former Annandale resident, Yvette, whose mother Joyce Clague stood for preselection for McKell in 1987 (Ref: pg 169, Basket weavers and true believers : making and unmaking the Labor left in Leichhardt Municipality 1970-1991 / Tony Harris)

Upcoming Performances

APR25: Alterity : Paul Cutlan & Phillippa Murphy-Haste
MAY2: SICKOrchestra
MAY9: An Evening of Duets
MAY16:Judy Bailey : Request Night
MAY30: Jenna Cave & The Truth Seekers
AUG8: The Beauty of Living Sound
AUG15: Dogma

Johnston Street Jazz is on Facebook at

Monday, April 15, 2019

'60s Annandale: A Short Guided Walk

'60s Annandale will be a short walk around the block, with a few stops and lots of history, with a focus on Annandale of the 1860s and 1960s.

Looking Down Parramatta Road from Trafalgar St, Annandale at Sydney University. "Grose Farm from Toll Gate, ca.1862-1869/watercolour by F.C Terry, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

Stop 1 Cnr Collins and Johnston Street

Stop 2 Melocco Brothers Villa and Units

Stop 3. Snows Confectionery

Stop 4. Former Annandale Council Chambers & Methodist Church

1979: local residents and community workers in Annandale persuaded Leichhardt Council to convert the Annandale Council Chamber building into a community Centre. They envisaged the centre would provide information, entertainment, child care, informal social opportunities, classes and activities for yourn and old! - Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, A Commemorative History 1980 -2010.... Annandale Neighbourhood Centre turns 30

Stop 5. Flats on Johnston Street

Stop 6. St Aidan's School Hall

Stop 7. Cnr of Johnston and Booth Street

Stop 8. Flower Store & Riverland Fruit Store

Owned by the Chappelows

Stop 9. Bakeo and Dairy across White's Creek in Leichhardt

Stop 10. Ningana (1971) migrant hostel

Stop 11. Cnr of Collins and Annandale Streets

When: 2-3pm Sunday 5 May 2019

Where: Meet in Hunter Baillie Church Hall
cnr Johnston and Collins Street Annandale

Cost: $20 (incl devonshire tea, proceeds to National Trust Hunter Baillie Memorial Church Conservation Appeal)

The Walk is part of the Annual Hunter Baillie Memorial Church Conservation Appeal Open Day which includes  
  • Free 30 minute organ recitals at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm on the recently restored 1892 Hill and Son Organ and Church History talks
  • Devonshire teas in Hall
  • Free Church History Displays in Hall
  • Free Alfresco Annandale History Exhibition 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday Morning Perambulation

This morning, I took a perambulation to the opening of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools conference at the Seymour Centre.

Chester Street East, Annandale 

Westconnex Dive site

Conference of NSW Community Language Teachers, Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

With Sarina, who lead the National Anthem at the opening
With Lakshmi a Tamil Teacher

Magnificent Turpentine, Victoria Park
And Absolutely no smoking dogs, Glebe Markets

Glass Artists' Gallery, Glebe

Maureen Cahill with Mark Elliot's work

Video of Maureen speaking about Elliot and this wo

Injured Octopus fro m Dr Mermaid and the Abovemarine
Dr Mermaid

Maureen Cahill is the director of the Glass Artists' Gallery in Glebe, exhibiting  A Journey with Mark Elliot.

Elliot is the recipient of the 2019 Art Gallery of Western Australia's Tom Malone Glass Art Prize.

Jack McGrath and Mark Eliott created a video: Dr Mermaid and the Abovemarine

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