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Threat to State Heritage Listing of Glebe Island Bridge

This vital piece of Sydney's transport infrastructure is under threat, with the draft down grading of Glebe Island Bridge from "NSW State Heritage" to "Likely to be of NSW State Heritage".

As a walking/cycling bridge, it could still be opened/close at particular times of day to allow water traffic (from super marina) to pass on both sides of the central span as well as providing a pedestrian, cycling and emergency vehicles (including ambulances from Callan Park) route to Sydney University, UTS and the city.

A revised heritage listing, currently in draft, states "The Glebe Island Bridge, across Johnstons Bay, is likely to be of State significance as it demonstrates one of the earliest examples of an electric powered swing bridge in the world"

Whereas the current listing states "The bridge has been assessed as being of State significance."

The Heritage Council of NSW has resolved to give notice of its intention to consider listing Glebe Island Bridge on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgement of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales, see link below.

Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Heritage Register of: Glebe Island Bridge, Bank Street, Pyrmont

The advice is in accordance with section 33 (1)(a) of the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW).

Any member of the community, owners, managers, organisations or other interested parties are invited to make a written submission regarding the proposed listing and significance of Glebe Island Bridge. Submissions should be posted or emailed to the Heritage Office of NSW at the following address during the public submission period, which closes on 12 June 2013:

Heritage Council of NSW
Locked Bag 5020
Parramatta NSW 2124
On Walk to School Day, don't forget to fill out
Leichhardt Council's Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan Survey

Walk Safely to School Day

A new planning system for NSW - June Forums for
practitioners and public

Glebe Island Bridge Threatened

Roger Woodward in Annandale - Sunday 26 May.

Marghanita da Cruz
Annandale on the Web
Ramin Communications Pty Ltd
Annandale foreshore Draft Masterplan is
on display at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre.
The City of Sydney wants your comments

Leichhardt Council Pedestrian Survey

NSW heritage grants

Roger Woodward performing in Annandale
Sunday, 26 May, 2013 at 3.00 pm
Marghanita da Cruz
Editor Annandale on the Web
Ramin Communications Pty Ltd
Category: Heritage
Posted by: marghanita
Interpretive Signage, Ancient City of Polonnaruwa ( Sri Lanka 2 May 2013
1910 Electricity Substation
In 2013, AUSGRID Substation 15, Johnston Street became the second oldest substation on the network. Photograph 7 May 2009. More at
page 454 of minute bookState Records NSW (Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood)

What was here before, Orchard Road, Singapore, April 2013

Fountain, Gardens, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, 3 May 2013

Thatched Wattle & Daub House, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, 3 May 2013

Ancient City of Sigiriya

Cyclist, Large Fig tree and Concrete Aqueduct
Annandale Sewerage Aqueduct - the first reinforced concrete structure in Australia

public wandering the grounds of derelict powerstation
White Bay Power Station Open Day, February 2011

Very high brick wall with glass and concrete window panel
Facade, White Bay Power Station 26 February 2011

A Survey of Online Heritage Resources

Leichhardt Council
Heritage Advisory Committee
Marghanita da Cruz
18 May 2013

Global, National, State, Local Heritage
Ruins, Museums and living
Functional (Railway, Electricity, Irrigation & Sewerage)
Photographs/Museums/Interpretive signage vs the Real Thing in context

UNESCO World Heritage List

1972 World Heritage Convention

List includes 745 cultural, 188 natural and 29 mixed Sites (includes a Map)

Australian Government

About Australia's heritage
National * Indigenous * Commonwealth * Historic shipwrecks * Movable * Overseas

Guide to heritage listing in Australia

Australian National Heritage Register


Commonwealth Government Heritage Register

NSW Government

NSW State Heritage Register

What is movable heritage and why is it important?

Railcorp Heritage and conservation register

Register of War Memorials in NSW (SLNSW/RSL)

Maritime heritage

Roads and Maritime Services

Sydney Water

Ausgrid convicted and fined for destroying Aboriginal rock engraving
$40,000 in penalties and costs.

Local Heritage


NSW Legislation

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)


City of Sydney Archives

State Records NSW

National Archives of Australia


National Trust Register

National Library of Australia's Trove
[Local, State, National and International Library Catalogues and Digitised Material]

Annandale Association Register of Buildings

Annandale Building Regulations (June 1911)
*One Third of Area to be left unoccupied
*Floors at least 12inch from ground
*Damp Course
*10 Feet Ceilings
*10 foot set back
*Wooden Buildings
*Factories, Halls and Shops to be constructed of brick, stone or concrete

The rum track
Places associated with the 'Rum Rebellion', 26th January 1808 to 1st January 1810

Photographs vs the Real Thing

Along Orchard Road, Singapore they have panels showing photographs of the Orchards and Markets which have been replaced with shopping malls and office buildings.

In Sri Lanka, ruins are world heritage listed, but Wattle and Daub, Thatched houses in paddy fields, irrigated by the water captured in the tanks (reservoirs) built by the kings who once lived in the ruins are not.

Heritage Listing of Remnants of world's largest Tram Network

Sydney Tram Network