NSW: Central Park, Broadway – Evolution from freshwater creek and brewery to high-end urban village


Event Details


A Royal Australian Historical Society / National Archaeology Week tour.

Central Park is a 2 billion dollar urban development situated on the site of the former Carlton and United Brewery, which represents the last of the major city breweries to survive in New South Wales. The site’s rich historical period, spanning over 200 years, includes expansion from a fresh water creek running through shrubs and sand dunes via the city’s first Military Gardens to an important industrial and residential site. The layout and some of the components of the site, including buildings and industrial fit-out, are still preserved and incorporated into the modern urban complex comprising 11 buildings, 2000 apartments and a lively collection of retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices. This one hour walking tour will provide an insight into the site’s rich and layered history, a changing relationship to its surrounding urban and suburban contexts, and will demonstrate the transformation of the site of the former Carlton and United Brewery in Chippendale into a sustainable fusion of heritage and new buildings with public spaces filled with landscaped gardens for the use of residents and visitors.

Attendees will meet at the Old Clare Hotel at 2.45pm. The tour will finish with a drink at the Old Clare Hotel.

The tour will be led by Anita Yousif, currently employed as Senior Associate and Historical Archaeology Team Leader with one of Australia’s leading heritage consultancies – Extent Heritage, Sydney Office. Anita’s extensive experience in archaeology and heritage management spans over 20 years of professional work. Anita has been an executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) for several years and is currently vice-president. She is also a full member of Australia ICOMOS and has been on the NSW National Archaeology Week Committee for many years.

Cost: $10

Bookings essential: http://www.rahs.org.au/event/rahsnaw-tour-cub-site-broadway/

Image: Pub with no beer II – Carlton United Brewery, Jane Bennett 2014 [Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons]