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Annandale Heritage Festival

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

Annandale Heritage Festival 2016Sketch by Merrick Fry

2016 Program (updated 16 May 2016)

Rediscover Annandale from Land Grant to Urban Village (Alfresco Exhibition)

local shops

An Alfresco Exhibition at the Annandale Shops
16 April - 26 May 2016

Discover the stories of the Heritage Streetscapes of this urban village in Sydney’s inner west. Annandale is bounded by Sydney Harbour, Parramatta Road and two creeks. Gas lights, horses and trams have adorned the streets. The exhibition draws on Leichhardt Library’s local history collection to present a brief illustrated history of Annandale from colonial Land Grant to a community of over 8,700 residents and churches, temples, civic spaces, schools and diverse businesses...more

Presented by:Leichhardt Library, Local History at the Annandale Shops
Opening by Mayor of Leichhardt
3pm-4.15pm Saturday 16 April 2016
Outside Annandale Village Newsagency
113 Johnston St Annandale 2038 NSW
*Free but Bookings Required Book Online
Tel 02-9367-9266 or Email:

Visitors' Book

baguettes in window with reflections of streetscape and proprietor
177 Parramatta Rd wooden building with cover over footpath and posts - Peters Icecream advertisment
Trafalgar St Annandale Food and Drink
119 Johnston St Annandale Food and Drink
cnr Annandale & Reserve St Annandale Food and Drink
Nelson St Annandale Food and Drink
115 Johnston St man up a ladder writing advert for Joker PokerCnr Collins & Young Sts. Annandale Food and Drink
Annandale St Annandale Food and Drink
cnr Young St & Parramatta Rd Annandale Food and Drink
Parramatta Rd. Annandale Food and Drink
Parramatta Rd. Annandale Food and Drink
Parramatta Rd. Annandale Food and Drinkcnr Johnston & Booth St.

Self Guided Walks

Annandale's WW1 Memorials

Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk is a self guided walk and history of Annandale in WW1. It covers the numerous memorials around Annandale and tells the stories of some of the 1200 men who enlisted in the AIF to serve as ANZACs. The book also covers the construction of the freight rail viaduct now used for Light Rail..Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiersmore

More Historical Walks

1890s, Federation, 1920s and 1930s Annandale are als available as self guided walks as paperbacks and eBooks...five paperbacksmore

Also see: A Self Guided Wander through Annandale

needle craftcrocheted doile and embroidered linenNeedlecraft Exhibition

An exhibition and natter about food related needlecraft.
Annandale Craft Group
11am-2pm Fri 22 & 29 April 2016
Front Room, Annandale Community Centre

Man holding pie in tin foil in front of sign which says Pies Quiche Savouries Pies Beef Mushroom Curry Cheese and Bacon Potato Empanada Samosa Mel d'Rego of d'Rego's Bakery Woman offering pies on a tray

Man talkingThe "Humble" Pie: Traditions and Trends.

Date: 11.30am Tue 19th & Sat 23rd April 2016. (Talk repeated)

The everyday pie most of us know and love, just like most things Bakery/Pastry, is going places.

Listen to Mel Drego's talk/show about traditional pie making, and newer directions in the world of pies.

Both, savoury (meat-filled) and sweet pies/tarts are given the treatment during this 45 minute talk, slide and demonstration.

Cost: Free
Location: dRego's Bakery, 87 Booth Street, Annandale.
Instagram:#dregosbakery Website:
Booking: Phone: 0448-407-551

Two People in roomJane & Allen in former waxed wine tank, Wayward

A Short History of Brewing
How beer changed the world and ended up in the Inner-West

​How and when was beer invented? How has beer changed the course of history? What is the history of brewing in Annandale and the Inner-west?

You'll learn the answers to these questions and more as well as understanding more about the brewing process during this 1.5 hr talk which mixes hands-on tasting of beer with stories, demonstrations and a brewery tour conducted by Peter Philip, founder and head brewer of Wayward Brewing.

Date: Wed 20 April 2016
Time: 6pm
Location: Wayward Brewing Co, 3 Gehrig Lane, Annandale 2038
Cost: $30 including beer tasting
More information and Bookings:

large blue and white building

Annandale Galleries present

Exhibition dates: 20 April - 14 May 2016
Opening Wednesday 20 April 6:30-8:30pm
Annandale Galleries opened in 1991 in a former Masonic Hall built in the 1920s..

man and woman with large red coffee roasterMarcello & Vera with Coffee Roaster, Euroespresso

Coffee Roasting, Blending and Drinking Talk

Euroespresso will again present their popular talk on how coffee beans are roasted and blended. The talk will also cover the history of Espresso Machines and include a coffee making demonstation. The one hour talk will include a complimentary cup of Caffe` Euroblend.

11am Thursday 21 April 2016
Bookings Essential (numbers limited):
Telephone: 02-95607000

Aircraft on the ground1940s Annandale: A Short Guided Walk

The 1940s saw Annandale's factories turned to the war effort. Gunsights and Mosquito Bombers were churned out and bomb shelters erected. The end of the decade saw the absorption of the Annandale, Glebe and Balmain boroughs into the Leichhardt Municipality. The one hour walk will be guided by Marghanita da Cruz, who has been publishing the Anecdotal History of Annandale on the Web since 1998 and guiding historical walks since 2011.

Date:Friday 22nd April 2016
Time:11am (1 Hour Walk) Start and Finish:Annandale Village Newsagent, 113 Johnston Street
Cost: $15/$10concession (pay on the day)
Bookings Preferred: 0414-869202 or

Annandale Eco Heritage Tour (walk)

Jason Chatwin will give a guided eco/nature foreshore walk of Johnston’s Creek, Rozelle Bay, Federal Park & Bicentennial Park Precinct.
This tour will cover the native flora and fauna of these areas, changes to the landscape outlining the original and modern foreshore, bush regeneration including the salt marsh wetlands and proposed upgrades to the park precinct. Presented by:Leichhardt Library

10am-12pm Tues 17 May 2016
Start at Annandale Wharf, The Cresent, Annandale
Bookings: 9367 9266 or Email:

Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church

computer generated drawing of church with steeple man playing organ with woman ready to turn pages in a gothic sandstone churchHunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church cnr Johnston and Collins Sts Annandale.
Discover & Inspire at Annandale (Open Day)

12noon-4pm Sunday 17 April 2016
Corner of Johnston & Collins Streets, Annandale


The Music of Australia

Simon Lobelson (baritone), David Paterson (piano) and Chris Cartner (piano) perform music and songs by contemporary Australian composers Hue Blanes, Calvin Bowman, David Hush, David Paterson and Dan Walker...more.

Saturday 23rd April, 3-4pm ($25/$20)
Hunter Baillie Church, cnr Johnston and Collins Sts, Annandale

Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ and F minor piano sonata by Brahms

Two of the most monumental piano sonatas are brought to the stage by pianist Chris Cartner.
3-4pm Sun 29th May ($25/$20)- Hunter Baillie, Annandale..more

Annandale Food and Drink12 Johnston St Annandale, in the 1940s, this was LJ Osborne's 1940s Butcher's Shop now John Coffey's Electric Bike shop

deep pink berriesUncover Annandale's Food & Drink Heritage, Past and Present

The Annandale Brewery (1886-1890) | Taylor Bros Jam & Annandale Jam Company (1890s-1930s) | Hoadley's Chocolates new plant (Nov 1962) | Trafalgar Street Tuckshop | Lillipillis Ripen | Butchers, Fruit & Vegetable Shop, Refreshment Rooms & Confectionery, Dairy & Milk Vendors, Grocery & Wines, Greengrocer & Ham & Beef Shop, Condiments Manufacture and Bakers (1903-1922)

The Annandale Borough's Health inspector's report for the fortnight ending 29 Oct 1943, recommended approval of licenses for butcher's shops at 78 Booth St (V Dommett), cnr Nelson and Parramatta Road (E LAwrence), 12 Johnston St (LJ Osborne) and on Parramatta Road (H Smithson) as well as Refreshment Rooms at 35, 51, 89, 91, 137, 185, 247, 121 Parramatta Rd and 2a, 120, 126 Johnston St. In 2016, there are no butcher's shops - however there are five small grocery outlets, two of which stock fresh meat, and numerous cafes and restaurants.

In 1944, Minute 204 of the Annandale Borough Council approved licenses for butcher shops: W. Hector at 55 Booth St; T Miller at 18 Trafalgar St; G Gower at Parramatta Rd; J Wilkinson 119 Johnston St; T Elliot 30 Kentville Ave and refreshment rooms: E Purcell at 31a Parramatta Rd (Minute Books [Municipality of Annandale] /Minute Book Start date: 03 May 1943 End date: 23 Dec 1948, Series Number 16797 Box Number 9, State Records NSW).


For more information or to get involved in the 2016 Annandale Heritage Festival or to join our Mailing List
please contact Marghanita da Cruz
Tel 0414-869202

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The 2016 Annandale Heritage Festival theme is Food and Drink business as usual. Bounded by Parramatta Road, Sydney Harbour, Johnston and White's Creeks, Annandale is a designated heritage conservation area. Many individual sites are listed on the local, state and National Trust registers.

Annandale is home to ove 8700 people. It has 4 bakeries, 6 Burger Cafes/Fish & Chips shops, 5 Restaurants, 10 Cafes, a Sushi train, 8 grocery outlets, 2 small bars, 4 pubs, 2 bottle shops, a cooking school, caterers, coffee roasters and beer brewers. Most of these little businesses are located along Parramatta Road, Johnston and Booth Streets, but a few are tucked away in quiet streets.

Well served by bus and tram, the Annandale Heritage Festival offers guided walk, talks and a free alfresco exhibition. There are also Self Guided Walk, numerous permanent National Trust plaques along the footpaths. Over 1200 Annandale ANZACs are remembered on WW1 memorials and honour boards scattered around Annandale.

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galah carved from sandstone

Thomas Wran’s Annandale Sculptures (Exhibition)

Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum, 1-30 April 2016

Discover the stunning sandstone motifs designed by Thomas Vallance Wran, great-great grandfather of Neville Wran.
His first major commission, both astonishing and revolutionary, was resurrected in 1891 on the facade of Annandale Uniting Church at 81 Johnston Street.

Opening: 6pm-8pm Wednesday 13 April 2016
Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Bookings Required via Eventbrite, Tel: 9367 9266 or Email:

brightly coloured mural on side of house Wall To Wall
Mural Bus Tour of Leichhardt

Come and discover the eclectic murals of Leichhardt, from historic political iconic murals such as The Crescent Mural of Annandale designed by Rodney Monk in 1980, painted at a turning point in Leichhardt's History as the inner city was being transformed with changing demographics associated with de- industrialisation. Celebrate Wall to Walls 10th year with an extensive amount of murals celebrating colour, diversity, coffee culture, history and heritage are there to be discovered.

When:Thursday 14th April 10am -12pm
Meet at: Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Bookings: 02-9367-9226


Register for a reminder about the festival: here

In association with

The Annandale Heritage Festival is in association with:

Leichhardt Municipal Council Logo Leichhardt Library Services - Local History and Annandale Community Centre
Australian Heritage Week 2016Australian Heritage Week: Saturday 16 April to Monday 25 April 2016
National Trust Heritage Festival 2016 Discovery and RediscoveryNational Trust Festival on the theme of Discovery and Rediscoveries: Saturday 16 April - Sunday 29 May 2016 and the National Trust Hunter Baillie Memorial Church Conservation Appeal Open Day

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