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Annandale Heritage Festival

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

A Tramline from the City to Annandale along Parramatta Road opened in 1883, the line was extended to Leichhardt the following year...more

Anecdotal History of Parramatta Rd

2017 Program

last update 22 April 2017

Explore Westgate, Parramatta Road

Parramatta Road - #westgate2048

Westgate was the Parramatta Road shopping strip from Johnston St, Annandale to Taverner's Hill, Leichhardt.

Annandale (north of Parramatta Road) is a conservation area with several individual places listed on the National Trust register. During the festival, residents and businesses will present exhibitions, talks and guided walks. Annandale also has cafes, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, a brewery, coffee roaster and grocers in heritage buildings. So come visit and celebrate Heritage in Annandale.

Stanmore (south of Parramatta Road) contains the Annandale Farm Heritage Conservation Area bound by Parramatta Road and the main western railway line and between Crystal and Bridge Streets...more

Parramatta Road at Dawn looking west from Bus Stop just before Johnston St

"By 1794, this bush track had been widened and cleared to make it more suitable for carriages. This track, known as the Parramatta Road.." -

"along the Parramatta Road, Parramatta Street, and George Street, and a more disagreeable road it is impossible to conceive—dusty or muddy, straight, and going through the hills by cuttings. It is crowded in the daytime with herds of cattle and sheep, bullock teams, drags going up the country, mail coaches, omnibuses, diggers on horseback, etc.; in fact, it is something like what the roads must have been in England before the time of the railways.” - Stanley Jevon's letter to his sister Lucy from Annangrove Cottage, Sydney, 28th May 1855

"At one point along the road in the Petersham-Annandale section there is: a spot of peculiar interest to latter-day residents. Here, there once grew a giant blackbutt tree, the enormous limbs of which overhung the road for many feet. Gaol carts with prisoners condemned to death were driven to the spot, for many a hapless victim of a fiendish convict system was whisked into the beyond from a limb of this Blackbut gallows tree...." - 1922 'SYDNEY'S MUNICIPAL GROWTH', Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 9 July, p. 10. , viewed 09 Nov 2016,

person holding tiny harmonica and wearing dog brooch at exhibition in librarySandra Nixon with tiny harmonica and wearing Dog broach she made at Opening of Loaded Dog Exhibition, Leichhardt Library 4 April 2017
Loaded Dog Exhibition Opening 4 April 2017

6 for 6.30pm
A talk by Sandra Nixon, songs from Margaret Walters, Sue Gee & Miguel Heatwole plus wine & nibblies.
All Welcome. Free event - Bookings for opening: online or Telephone:9367-9266)

people at exhibition in library Miguel, Sandra, Chris Maltby, Sue Gee and Cathy Rytmeister
people at exhibition in library Miguel Heatwole
people at exhibition in library
people at exhibition in libraryMargaret Walters & Friends
people at exhibition in librarySue Gee on Auto Harp with friends
The Loaded Dog Folk Club, The Loaded Dog by Henry LawsonA History of the Loaded Dog : Celebrating Heritage Through Music

An Exhibition exploring the history of The Loaded Dog Folk Club, from its inception in 1990 to current times. The Dog was founded in 1990 by a group headed by Carole Garland, a traditional singer and concertina player who had migrated from Northumbria in 1987. From the start the club put a heavy emphasis on singing, a tradition that still continues.

The initial concert with the enduring format of main act & support was held on Sat 17 November 1990 in the upstairs hall of the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, main act The Roaring Forties, (still going strong) support Blue Heelers. The club attracts local, national & international acts, and the audience from across Sydney & wider afield!

The exhibition showcases the photographs of Bob Bolton, who is the 2017 recipient of the National Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award..more

Location:Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level - Italian Forum, 23 Norton St
Date:1-28 April 2017, free when Library Open

Two People in roomTour a working Annandale microbrewery

​How is beer made? How and when was beer invented? How has beer changed the course of history? You'll learn the answers to these questions and more as well as understanding more about the brewing process during this 45 minute tour which mixes hands-on tasting of beer with stories, demonstrations and a tour of a working brewery in the former wine merchant's premises.
Date:Saturday April 15, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location:Wayward Brewing Co, 3 Gehrig Lane, Annandale 2038
Cost:$25 including beer tasting
More information:

Token - Museum Victoria, Photograph - SLNSW Collection, Map - National Library of Australia50s Annandale: A Short Virtual Walk
In the footsteps of WS Jevons

In the 1850s, a new Train line passed through the Annandale Estate and William Stanley Jevons came to live at Annangrove Cottage on the Parramatta Road. Jevons left us descriptions of Annangrove Cottage and his journeys and rambles from here.

Marghanita da Cruz will retrace Jevons footsteps in a virtual tour of 1850s Annandale including the first subdivisions. The walk will then jump a 100 years to the 1950s when three tramlines passed through Annandale.

The talk will form the basis of Marghanita's seventh book in a series which presents Annandale's History as Short Walks.

The afternoon will include an opportunity to explore historic Annangrove cottage and nearby sites.

Date:2-4pm Saturday 29 April 2017
Location:Tetch Gallery, Annangrove Cottage, 245 Parramatta Road Annandale
Price: $15/$10 Concession (incl GST)
Bookings & Enquiries: via Eventbrite
Telephone: 0414-869202, Email:

Hunter Baillie Church Open Day

As in previous years, the 1889 Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, with its landmark sandstone steeple and Hill and Son Organ, will be holding a Heritage Day.

The afternoon includes history talks, local history walks, Devonshire teas and church history displays (in the 1886 Arts and Crafts church hall)

Where: Corner of Collins and Johnston St Annandale.
When: 1-4pm, Sunday 7th May 2017

Journey down Johnston Street

Tour guides Jason Chatwin and Amie Zar and special guest Phillip Drew invite you to come and explore the Heritage Buildings and Grand architecture of Johnston Street Annandale in a walking tour from the crescent up to Parramatta Road.

Explore neighbouring architecture from the Gothic revivalist architecture of the Abbey 1881, to the array of maintained and restored Churches along Johnston Street including the wonderful Façade of 81a Johnston Street hand carved by Thomas Wran.

people with no westconnex protest banners in alley wayNo West Connex Protest, Laneway off Mallet St Annandale, March 2017

Jevons carried out weather readings at Annangrove and reported these in Henry Parke's newspaper, the Empire. Before leaving Sydney, Jevons produced a social map. Back in England, jevons went on to design a "logical piano" (a mechanical computer) and to write

Books by William Stanley Jevons

Papers and Correspondence of William Stanley Jevons: Volume 2: Correspondence, 1850-1862 (v. 2)

more books by W S Jevons

Where: Meet at Bayside Stairs
When: Thursday 11 May
Time: 10am - 1pm
Bookings: 9367 9266
Bookings & More Information:

About the Annandale Heritage Festival

The Annandale Heritage Festival is a collaborative project championed by Marghanita da Cruz during Australian Heritage Week 2017 (most likely 18-25 April 2017) and the first week of the National Trust Heritage Festival which will run from 18 April - 21 May 2017. The theme for the 2017 National Trust festival is "Having a Voice" which calls on communities to champion their local heritage and show their support for cultural and historic assets on their doorsteps.

More Information

If you would like to get involved or be kept informed about what is happening, please contact:
Marghanita da Cruz
Telephone: 0414-869202
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Annandale History Books

Annandale Short Walk Books are available as eBooks and Paperbacks. Each book provides a self guided walk through Annandale and two decades in its past. 1890s Annandale explores 1790s and 1890s Annandale, 1940s Annandale explores 1840s Annandale and 1940s Annandale...more

Anecdotal History of Annandale

The Gadigal Clan lived on the Southern side of the Sydney Harbour in a landscape of Iron Bark and Turpentine Forrest. There is evidence of human society, in the area, dating back 15,000 years...more

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

Planning 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)