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We went for a walk with the pup around Callan Park, 60ha site in Lilyfield near the Iron Cove Bridge.

It became famous as a psychiatric hospital (Callan Park Hospital for the Insane) which was in use until 1994.

Thne buildings are now occupied by the Sydney College of the Arts.

The Bay Run runs through the park along the foreshore of Iron Cove.

Lots of off leash dog area to roam. Some beautiful old buildings in what was a very sad place for so many people. You’d like to think we are a bit better these days at caring for those struggling with mental health.

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Abbotsford. We’ve walked through here a few times, but not with an eye on history.

We followed the Canada Bay council walk which was well set out.

We discovered that the Nestle factory house (older people will know the one I mean)  was once owned by A.E. Grace of Grace Bros., Abbotsford had a baths, an animal quarantine establishment operated here and that Henry Lawson lived in Abbotsford for a while.

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We’ve been through here before but had forgotten the rich history. Sydney had a quarantine station for farm and domestic animals as well as for race horses.

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Horse stalls

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Probably an old punt location between Abbotsford and Gladesville

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Waterfront living in Abbotsford.  Just because you live on the water doesn’t mean you can afford to do anything with the site. Asset rich, cash poor.

Sydney Rowers.

Newtown

Posted: May 12, 2019 in Inner West, Sydney Streets, Walking
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Another walk from the City of Sydney – Gritty Newtown

Learnt a few things… again! Who’d have thought??

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Did not know what this meant until now!

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This art-deco building on King St was an icerink that transformed into summer baths!

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Simply gorgeous terraces overlooking Hollis Park

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The old Trocadero on King St – roller skating and dancing.

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Newtown’s most sought-after address apparently

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Hollis Park – beautiful

 

Emily is our oldest daughter.
Emily St, not far The Forum at Leichhardt. Pretty little street. (And as an aside, hasn’t The Forum changed in the past 10 years? I remember taking the kids there and it was a thriving Italianate courtyard packed with restaurant goers creating a real buzz. Now it’s all a bit sad; virtually deserted, shops up for lease etc.)

On a walk in the surrounding streets it’s evident of the haphazard way some of these older streets and suburbs were settled and grew… some terraces have rear (dunny lane) access, others a side passage, others no access to the old privy at all. Shop fronts scattered through the residential areas, larger houses (the original estate house?) with generous yards. Really interesting.

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How good is an inner city pub with a sign out the fron proudly displaying “no pokies”.

The Merton at Rozelle. A stone’s throw from the city near the ANZAC Bridge.

Gorgeous old world feel. Lovely open area out the back.

Mind you, just how the hell does the council allow steps like these??

Dawn Fraser, who has the baths named after her just down the hill, is a former owner and licensee of this well known local, The Riverview Hotel.

Gourmet dining, sunny front bar but unfortunately no beer garden and while upstairs is inviting, it’s only for patrons who are eating.

Good range of beers, a decent wine list, and tight arse Tuesdays 2-for-1 pizza!

20 minutes for a plate of dips tested our patience, however.

A beautiful sunny Sunday.

Some of you will remember when the Newtown Jets, originally the Newtown Bluebags, were in the NSW Rugby League competition. They played out of Henson Park in Newtown.

The Henson is a terrific local. Dog and child friendly, the beer garden is full of local families.

Friendly wait staff who all stop to pat Bailey, our labrador, all the sport on all the TVs to keep that folk happy, and of course a community library on site.