Lewisham Walking Tour with Mark Matheson

Saturday 26 March 10.00 for 10.30 am start

Meet: Taverners Hill Light Rail stop overhead bridge (south side) at Parramatta Road where it crosses Hawthorne Canal.

Cost: $5. Pay on the day.

Book: Elda 0417 343 855 elda.ribeiro@hotmail.com

In the late 1800s, Lewisham and surrounding suburbs were desirable areas, but circumstance and political expediency rendered them less so during much of the ensuing century. This loop walk visits the most historically-interesting locations and houses in Lewisham. There is newly uncovered information about the people here including the successful convicts, the carcass butchers, two women pioneers and eight parliamentarians; and the failed Benedictine seminary, the 1870s ‘garden suburb’ and the 1948 ‘green belt’. 

The walk will take about 2 hours, concluding at a point halfway between the Taverners Hill Light Rail stop and Lewisham Railway Station. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat and water – and an umbrella! This walk takes about 2 hours, and concludes at a point halfway between the Taverners Hill Light Rail stop and Lewisham Railway Station. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring your hat and water—and an umbrella!

Mark Matheson is the author of Victorian Villas of Marrickville/Newtown (Marrickville Council Library Services, 1996) and a former editor with the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Mark has since spent the better part of a decade scouring municipal records and other primary documents to find out who made the decisions that shaped our area. Mark leads many local walking tours showing how the topography of a place can so often dictate that decision-making.