Architecture, Marrickville

Happy 100th Birthday Marrickville Fire Station!

Today the Marrickville Fire Station celebrated its centenary of service.They had vintage fire engines on display (but sadly my camera battery died and by the time I recharged they'd gone!)Marrickville Fire Station is significant as a finely crafted and relatively intact example of the Federation Free Classical style. Designed by the architects Spain and Cosh… Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday Marrickville Fire Station!

Architecture, Heritage Homes, heritage lost, Marrickville

Heritage Lost: Myrtle Grove

This post is not about a house that has been destroyed, demolished or neglected. Like Chevy Chase, this house has been changed so much that it's heritage value has been lost.However, as a home it very much has historical significance to the Marrickville area.This post started with an enquiry from someone in Myrtle Street wanting… Continue reading Heritage Lost: Myrtle Grove

Architecture, Estates, Marrickville

Tracking Heritage: Loch Lomond, Marrickville’s Oldest House

This post is an answer to a question, but it's also a way of showing how I track down the information used on this blog. References in bold, are regular sites I visit when trying to trace information.Through Facebook, I was asked "Apparently 1 Myrtle st Marrickville is the first structure built in the area… Continue reading Tracking Heritage: Loch Lomond, Marrickville’s Oldest House

Architecture, Enmore, heritage, military history

Then & Now: 64 Chapel Street, Marrickville

Image Source: Australian War MemorialDuring World War II, 64 Chapel Road, Marrickville was the home of the Marrickville Ordance Store No 1.It was a unit of the 2nd Central Ordance Department.The Australian War Memorial image collection includes exterior and interior pictures of the property.Image Source: Australian War MemorialImage Source: Australian War MemorialThe windows have been… Continue reading Then & Now: 64 Chapel Street, Marrickville

Architecture, History, Marrickville, Petersham, Stanmore

Fire Stations: Stanmore

Originally named Marrickville Fire Station and located in Petersham, Stanmore Fire Station holds an important part of Sydney's history by being the first Fire Station built for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.Stanmore Fire Station 1912. Image: Marrickville Image LibraryAll fire stations were given a number as they were built, starting with Headquarters or No 1, but… Continue reading Fire Stations: Stanmore

Architecture, Dulwich Hill, Education, Women

Maybanke Anderson Dulwich Hill’s Own Suffragette

Image: Sydney Community FoundationMaybanke Aged Care on the Corner of Frazer Street & Wardell Road was named after one of Sydney's most interesting and important reformers and feminists, Maybanke Susannah Anderson (1845-1927).Born in Surrey, England, she arrived in Sydney in January 1855. On 3 September 1867, Maybanke married Edmund Kay Wolstenholme, a timber merchant from… Continue reading Maybanke Anderson Dulwich Hill’s Own Suffragette

Architecture, heritage lost, heritage register, Petersham

Chevy Chase Petersham Residence

Before there was Chevy Chase the actor, there was Chevy Chase the residence....Picture: house was built c. 1881 for Nicholas Hopson (who purchased the land in 1879 from J.L. Castner). Hopson named his house Chevy Chase. Originally the home had a carriage drive and circular planting bed. This can be seen in the aerial photograph… Continue reading Chevy Chase Petersham Residence

Architecture, heritage register, Marrickville

Marrickville Post Office Placed on Commonweath Heritage List

1899. Watercolour (detail). Marrickville Road. Marrickville Post Office (far right); Picture: Gasp Blog The original Marrickville Post Office building will be placed on the Commonwealth Heritage List in recognition of its significant heritage value. Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, welcomed the announcement saying it would mean increased protection for the building which is today home… Continue reading Marrickville Post Office Placed on Commonweath Heritage List

Architecture, Cinema, heritage lost, Marrickville

HERITAGE LOST: Kings Theatre Marrickville

Image Source: State Library of NSWBuilt for and operated by the Kings Theatres chain, the Marrickville Kings Theatre (200 Marrickville Road) was opened on 9th April 1937 with Freddie Bartholomew in “The Devil is a Sissy” and George Formby in “Keep Your Seats Please”. The Art Deco styled building was designed by Guy Crick &… Continue reading HERITAGE LOST: Kings Theatre Marrickville