“Connections, Characters and Commerce “– Smith Street Summer Hill #1
April 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A choice of two guided walk dates are available
Sunday 28 April, 2pm – 4:30pm. repeated on Sunday 19 May 2024, 2pm – 4:30pm
A guided walk to flesh out the characters, places and events that contribute
to our heritage of Smith Street, Summer Hill. This event is part of the
Australian Heritage Festival for 2024.
The history beneath the surface of Smith Street is extraordinary. This
walking tour will uncover the natural features of the landscape, which by the
1880s became the site for a late-Victorian building boom. How did the new
subdivisions respond to the landscape, and who were the first urban landowners
and residents? Was Summer Hill the domain of the fashionable well-to-do,
or the labouring class, or both? Why? The shops, the halls, the churches and
the meeting venues, the factories, the houses and the duplexes are still active
and visible today, and yet the pressure for change remains strong. The story of
Smith Street gives us a great insight into the complex nature of Summer Hill
and Inner West society of today.
Meeting location at the park on the corner of Malthouse Way and
Smith Street, Summer Hill.
Prior registration is essential and limited to a maximum of 15 people per
event. (A waiting list will be compiled if registrations exceed our maximum
Please bring a hat, a drink and good walking shoes