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We found Chippendale before it was ‘discovered’

Sydneysider: A personal journey My wife Ruth and I moved into 77 Rose Street Chippendale sometime in late 1968 or early ‘69. It was the first time we’d rented an entire house. We thought moving into a real terrace house was just the duck’s guts. It’s a very old, cheaply-built terrace, quite possibly dating from […]

Light the blue touch paper and stand well clear

Sydneysider: A personal journey Australia Day – or Bogan Day, as its political boosters have made it – is on an inevitable collision course with history. Annual celebrations and holidays begin for reasons of religious, ethnic, national or international solidarity but drift relentlessly toward being just another opportunity to party, or into fatal irrelevance. Very […]

The night I fondled the detective sergeant’s piece

Sydneysider: A personal journey Back in the late 1980s and early 90s there was a big trend toward native gardens. Sydneysiders were trying to get away from water-hungry landscaping featuring exotic plants. There was, however, a dark side to this otherwise laudable trend, and this was the fashion for strewing ‘bushrock’ around gardens. Bushrock was […]

PUSH-ing the case for alternative light rail plan

Community action group People Unite Surry Hills (PUSH) is hopeful that the light rail subsurface plan proposed by local Surry Hills engineers has enough merit to be supported by the State Government. "The engineer is touching base with the government this week," said Venietta Slama-Powell, Director of PUSH. "They are reassuring us that they are […]

Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail

Local political and business leaders have vowed to continue the fight for light rail along Oxford St, despite the State Government’s decision to build Sydney’s first new light rail lines since the year 2000 on Devonshire St instead of Oxford St. At a forum held at the Beauchamp Hotel, Darlinghurst on Monday night – hosted […]