Wednesday, 18 June 2014

New Winged Victory

This post has come via Marrickville Council's Facebook account. I am not certain as yet if the mini sculpture is what the replica will look like. Am waiting for council confirmation.

Marrickville, we’re getting a new Winged Victory!

Meridian, Australia's premier fine art foundry, will oversee the design and manufacture of our new Winged Victory sculpture that be installed on the original plinth in front of Marrickville Town Hall in time for the Gallipoli centenary next year.

The original Winged Victory - a much loved Marrickville icon was commissioned by Council and created by Marrickville sculptor Gilbert Doble in 1919 and is the largest known bronze casting memorial in Australia, standing at over four metres tall. She is now set to become the focal point of the new World War I Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. They will implement a conservation strategy to ensure Winged Victory’s restoration and ongoing care.

The interpretation will be cast to the same dimensions and will be in a similar form and spirit.

Council is also upgrading Marrickville Town Hall forecourt and plinth in time for the installation of the new Winged Victory.

Will you come to love this Winged Victory as much as the original?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

We reported last year about the sad loss of the Holy Trinity Parish Hall. Though many may not know that the church was almost lost 87 years before. A boot factory in Yule Street caught alight which caused scorching to the wall of the Holy Trinity Church school hall. Had it caught alight it is quite probable that the church would have gone too.  Both the church and school hall have now been demolished.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Monday 5 July 1926, page 12

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Happy 100th Birthday Marrickville Fire Station!

Today the Marrickville Fire Station celebrated its centenary of service.

They had vintage fire engines on display (but sadly my camera battery died and by the time I recharged they'd gone!)

Marrickville Fire Station is significant as a finely crafted and relatively intact example of the Federation Free Classical style. Designed by the architects Spain and Cosh in 1914, it is one of the last stations built to the established Meddle and Coffee Pot (horse and steam) fire station layout.

The Australian Heritage Database describes it:
Designed by Spain and Cosh for use by horse drawn vehicles the fire station is an imposing three storey, asymmetrical, red brick building with sandstone keystones and contrasting brick arches to the ground floor openings and rendered detailing to the upper floors. The building is broken fronted and divided into three bays, two eastern projecting fire appliance bays, with original timber doors and three paned frosted glazing and a western bay containing a Diocletion window at ground floor level and an oriel window over. The second floor has sash windows, with moulded rendered sills and lintels. The building has an original hipped slate roof with overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and tall rendered chimneys with terracotta chimney pots. The westernmost bay is surmounted by a gabled decorated parapet containing the words, Fire Station. A fire whip pole, for draining and drying fire hoses, is located in the northern yard.
 Interior: (1988) The ground floor interior is relatively intact including tiling up to 3.6m in the appliance bay, with plain white tiles topped with white edging tiles. Pressed metal ceilings exist throughout the ground floor except in the stables which have now been converted into a mess room all joinery is original. The first floor (not seen) is divided into four separate flats, one of which is a hospitality unit for country firemen and families attending Sydney for medical treatment.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Another Cricketer! - Doug Walters

While looking through some pictures on the State Library website, I came across this picture of Doug Walters.

Image Source: State Library

The State Library has captioned it as:
Cricketer Doug Walters arrives to start his National Service at the Army Depot, Marrickville

In his biography "One of a Kind: The Doug Walters Story" Doug relates a story about signing up for National Service:

Found via Google Books

His book refers to his initial recruitment at Kapooka near Wagga and then followed up service at Holdsworthy. He did not see active duty in Vietnam, and sadly his book makes no mention of his time at Marrickville!

But, we have another green baggy hat to add to our cricketing legends hall of fame!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Many locals know about the cast iron post box in Marrickville Road (near Lilyview Street).

Image Source: Wikipedia
 However there are at least 2 others in the district. One used to be in Canterbury Road near the Petersham shops, but it seems to have disappeared somewhere in the last 2 years.

One was removed outside Newtown Station during the revamp, and I am happy to report it has recently been reinstated.

Another is still to be seen at 398 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

You can see part of it it in this photo from

These mailboxes were cast in iron and the red colour and the pattern on the top were symbolic of waratahs. The top also has a stylised waratah leaf pattern.

The Marrickville Road box is heritage listed and the database makes reference to the New Canterbury Road box (which doesn't seem to exist) and makes no mention of the Illawarra Road box.

I'd love to hear from anyone with more information about these boxes, or if you know if any others in the local area. Please leave a comment below with any information you have. I believe there is also one in Earlwood near the library and also one on the "other side of the road" at the Crn of Johnstone & Parramatta Road Annandale.

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