Glebe Point Road
Description and history
Glebe Point Road's southern end begins at the northeastern tip of Victoria Park, where Broadway becomes Parramatta Road. This area is frequented by a mix of students from the University of Sydney and UTS as well as residents of nearby suburbs: Darlington, Ultimo, Chippendale, and Haymarket (also known as Chinatown). Glebe Point Road extends north through Glebe, terminating at Bicentennial Park located on Rozelle Bay.
The street is lined with terrace houses and is one of the most historic streets in Sydney, dating from the early days of settlement, when the area was granted to the Anglican Church. St John's Church was built on the corner of Glebe Point Road and St Johns Road, after a design by Edmund Blacket. Built from 1868–1870, the church is listed on the Register of the National Estate. Blacket also built his own family home, Bidura, on Glebe Point Road in 1858.
This street is the main entry point to the Glebe Estate which was originally owned by the Anglican Church and which was taken over by the Whitlam Government in 1973 for an urban renovation program.
The start of Glebe Point Road has trendy cafés and restaurants. Further down the road are very fashionable and expensive terrace houses with city and harbour views that go for over a kilometre to the water's edge. In the past thirty years the area has become gentrified, resulting in rising property and rental prices. This has led to an increase in white-collar workers and a decrease in students, artists, writers and musicians. Professionals, administrative and sales staff make up 44 per cent of all residents, which is above the city average of 30 per cent.
There was an active tramway on Glebe Point Road between 1892 and 1958 until the trams were replaced by buses (specifically the 431 and the 433). Roadworks near the Bridge Road cross in late 2009 uncovered a section of the original tram tracks. The City of Sydney have left these exposed to serve as a historical reminder.
- Glebe, Forest Lodge & Broadway - City of Sydney
- Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1981, pp. 2/38
- Sydney Architecture, John Haskell (UNSW Press) 1997, p. 62
- Keenan, D. Tramways of Sydney. Transit Press 1979
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