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Annandale Heritage Festival

Festivals: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011

Metro Freight Rail
Annandale 1799-2015 Metro Freight Rail$15 from Blacktoast Cafe and Jim & Jane's.

Annandale Heritage Festival 2015
Business as Usual

Saturday 11 April - Sunday 19 April 2015

Visit Annandale by bus, foot, or light rail over the 100 year old Metropolitan Freight Rail brick viaduct.

Check out the Living Heritage - Self Guided Walks, Cafes, Yoga, Clothing Boutiques, Hammocks, Hair Dressers, Pubs, Annandale's ANZACs and more. See below

Annandale Heritage Exhibition

An exhibition about Annandale's History and Heritage Buildings.
Blacktoast Cafe, 43 Booth Street Annandale 2038 Ph (02)9571-4442
Free during Cafe Hours 6am-5.30pm Mon-Sun 11-19 April 2015

Free Talks:
Wednesday 10.30am: John Young and the development of Annandale as a model township
Friday 10.30am: The Mystery Of Thomas Wran's Annandale Sculptures

Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
Noon to 4pm, Sunday 12 April 2015

Cnr of Collins and Johnston Streets

computer generated drawing of church with steepleLiving History - Open Day Annandale's Landmark Sandstone Church and Arts & Crafts Hall Open Day

Annandale's landmark 1889 Gothic Revival Sandstone Hunter Bailie Presbyterian church and 1886 Arts and Crafts brick hall will be open for inspection. The church contains several clerestory stained glass windows, two of which will have been newly refurbished.

There will also be recitals on the 1892 Hill & Son Organ, in the church, by the resident organist Ralph Lane OAM.

There will be an exhibition of historical documents and photographs and Tea, coffee and scones in the Hall and a sausage sizzle in the grounds.

Admission is free, access for the disabled.

10am, Tuesday 14 April 2015
Meet at Euroespresso, 165 Parramatta Road, Annandale

Additional 1930s Annandale: A Short Guided Walk

Cost: $10 (proceeds to Annandale Heritage Festival)
Bookings/Enquiries: Marghanita da Cruz
Telephone: 0414-869202 or

see description of walk below.

10.30am, Wednesday 15 April 2015

Blacktoast Cafe
43 Booth Street Annandale 2038 Ph (02)9571-4442


John Young was the creative force behind the development of Annandale, which was the largest transaction in freehold property ever made in the Australian colonies to 1877 and highly successful despite the severe depression starting in 1890.

Norma Perry and Beverley Walsh are researchers for the Annandale Urban research Association which will publish its first Journal on 'The Early History of Annandale' in March 2015.

20 minutes Presentation + Questions and Answers

6.30pm-7.45pm Wednesday 15 April 2015
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
79 Johnston Street Annandale
classical pale green building, with footpath and eucalypt

Yoga Class

Take a Yoga class in the former Council Chamber (upstairs hall)

Everyone welcome. Gentle yoga and relaxation class, work at your own level. IYTA trained teacher, having taught at the centre for more that 25 years.
Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:45pm. Mats provided
Ph. Jo 0419-999-193

10am, Thursday 16 April 2015
Euroespresso, 165 Parramatta Rd Annandale 2038

coffee machineCoffee Roasting & History of Espresso Machines

Coffee Bean Roasting & Talk about the History of Espresso Machines, in particular La Pavoni coffee machines, who pioneered the sale of coffee machines in 1905.

165 Parramatta Rd Annandale 2038
Phone: 02-9560-7000

11am, Thursday 16 April 2015

Euroespresso, 165 Parramatta Rd Annandale 2038

Art Deco Theatre1930s Annandale: A Short Guided Walk

(This walk Booked Out - extra walk Tuesday 14 April)

1930s Annandale will be guided by Marghanita da Cruz. This will be the 5th Walk in a series which is exploring Annandale's History and Heritage, a decade at a time. The 1930s, saw Annandale's buildings get an Art Deco makeover.

There were regular Chocolate Wheel fundraisers in Young, Annandale and Macquarie Streets just off Parramatta Road.

Cost: $10 (proceeds to Annandale Heritage Festival)
Bookings/Enquiries: Marghanita da Cruz
Telephone: 0414-869202 or

Additional Walk Tuesday 10am

10.30 Friday 17 April 2015

Blacktoast Cafe
43 Booth Street Annandale 2038 Ph (02)9571-4442


This illustrated talk explores how a 1874 four-storey sandstone warehouse facade in Pitt Street at the head of Martin Place, with the first depictions of Australian flora and fauna, was later reconstructed as the front of the new Methodist Church at 81a Johnston Street.

Presented by local architectural historian and author Philip Drew.

20 minutes Presentation + Questions and Answers

11am-2pm Friday 17 April 2015

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston Street

craft itemsAnnandale Craft Group

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre (Former Council Chambers)

8pm, Saturday 18 April 2015
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston Street

craft itemsLoaded Dog Folk Club Concert

Tix $18/$20 at the Door from 7.40pm
Concert at 8pm


Self Guided Walks

Stroll along shady unbroken footpaths and glimpse the chimneys of Annangrove Cottage and read the numerous National Trust plaques on houses, including Henry Parkes and Allen Taylor's.

Discover 1890s Annandale, Federation Annandale, Annandale's Great War and 1920s Annandale. 1890s, Federation, Annandale's Great War and 1920s Annandale: A Short WalkShort Walk Books available at Annandale Village Newsagent (113 Johnston Street).

E-books on iTtunes, Nook and Lulu

Free self guided walks on Google Maps: A Wander through Annandale and Ecologically Sustainable Annandale

Various Times

Business as Usual in living Heritage


Enjoy a coffee or make a special purchase under an ornate pressed metal or fibrous plaster ceiling in one of Annandale's Cafes or Shops.

Churches and Temples

Visit Annandale's Heritage Churches St Brendan's Catholic, St Aidan's Anglican or sandstone landmark Hunter Baillie, Presbyterian), Wat Buddharangsee (Thai Budhist Temple), Zen Centre or the Creative Arts Centre (run by Newtown Mission, in former Methodist Church with the native animals and plants sandstone facade).

Native Plants

Propagate local provenance plants at the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery on Wednesday or Friday mornings. The nursery is constructed with recycled Iron bark timber from the Pyrmont Bridge. Or rample through the reintroduced native plants on Annandale's wild side.

Heritage Dancing & Minature War Games

Heritage Dancers and Minature War Gamers meet in the heritage listed former council chambers.

Annandale's World War 1 History

There are Honour Boards in the Stairwell of the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, schools, churches and memorial and ersatz grave in Hinsby Park. Annandale's ANZACs included draftsman Douglas Grant, 3 wireless operator brothers amongst the 1200 men who enlisted. more

1910 Electricity SubstationOperational Heritage Infrastructure

Take a tram ride on the brick Metropolitan Freight Line viaduct, along the foreshore and glimpse the history Glebe Island Bridge.

Visit the White and Johnston's Creeks Aqueducts, the first reinforced concrete structure in Australia or view the 1910 Electricity Substation, the first to provide electric light to suburban sydney and now the second oldest on the AUSGRID network

Creeks and Streets named after John White, surgeon to the first fleet and George Johnston, who arrived with the First Fleet, and lead the Rum Rebellion.

Enrico sharpening his razor
Enrico's Barber Shop

Enrico's Barber Shop, Annandale Village, Johnston Street. Video of Enrico Sharpening his Razor on a Strop

"Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber’s shop." ..The Man from Snowy River, by A. B. Paterson

two people with chairMarvin and Anne in their Johnston Street Shop, with a coffee wood char.

The Toucan Shop

The Toucan Shop's products are handmade and sourced directly from fair trade artisans and they pride ourselves in supporting small groups of artisans maintaining their traditional cultures." In 2015, The Toucan Shop won the best Ethical product at the Reed Gift Fair Gala Award.

Annandale Heritage Festival Poster
Eva's Vintage

This beaded purse is amongst the vintage and designer clothes in Eva's shop in the Colannade Buildings at 101 Johnston Street.

two women in front of quilt Melinda and Lindy, Quiltsmith, 75 Nelson Street
baguettes in window with reflections of streetscape and proprietor Baguettes, 177 Parramatta Road

The Annandale Heritage Festival, is during Australian Heritage Week 2015 logoAustralian Heritage Week 2015 and is in the first week of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2015 Conflict & CompassionNational Trust NSW Heritage Festival which has a theme of "CONFLICT & COMPASSION". Commemorating all conflict and how it has shaped our identity.

Heritage Listed Annandale

There are numerous Heritage Items within the Annandale Urban Conservation Area. These are listed in the Annandale Association Register of Buildings, National Trust Register, NSW State Heritage Register (NSW) or Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan.

There are Historic Engineering Plaques on, the still in use, 1890s Sewerage Aqueducts...more

mapPlanning Controls (LEP & DCP 2013)

The Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 and Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013 commenced Monday 3 February 2014. Leichhardt LEP 2013 is a legal document that sets the direction for growth in the Local Government Area (LGA) by providing controls and guidelines for development. It determines what can be built, where it can be built and what activities can occur on land. ...more

Annandale Floor Space Ratio Map Sheets: South West Annandale (Sheet 5) | Southern Annandale (Sheet 9) | Northern Annandale (Sheet 8)

Annandale Heritage Map Sheets: South West Annandale (Sheet 5) | Southern Annandale (Sheet 9) | Northern Annandale (Sheet 8)

Self Guided Illustrated Historical Walks

Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s...more.

1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple Federation Annandale A Short Walk Marghanita da Cruz Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers 1920s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of 1920s Flats 1930s Annandale: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of an Art Deco Pub 1940s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of street with aircraft being towed. 50s Annandale A Short Walk,  Marghanita da Cruz