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Not far from one of Sydney's oldest university, the Sydney University is the quaint suburb of Glebe. This is a fascinating place filled with early Australian architecture building and restored residences.
The name Glebe means 'church land' so it is not surprising to discover that the area once belonged to the church. It was not until 1928, that the land was divided due to the change in the economy which lead to a number of rich merchants establishing large estates around Glebe.
In 1840s, the Great Depression forced many land holders to subdivide leading to the expansion of the University of Sydney. Close to the Forley Park is the Victorian style church, the Church of St. John the Evangelist which was designed by Edmund Blacket and built by John Hunt between 1868 and 1870. The church is well worth the visit even if you are not religious as the interior and furniture are all reminiscent of the late 1880s.
Not far from Purves Street is the historic Bridge Road which was originally built as a private toll road by the Pyrmont Bridge Co. to lead down to their new bridge. (See also Darling Harbour.) If you walk along this road, you can see a row of Gothic houses such as the 'Reussdale' and 'The Hermitage.'
TIPS:To get to Glebe from the city via bus, catch the bus number 432. The best way to see Glebe is probably a car cruise around the various streets such as Derwent, Bridge, Ross, Wigram and many more. If you love architectural buildings, then Glebe is porbably the place for you to be.
For the bargain hunter in you, visit the Glebe Market in the Glebe Public School grounds. It is open on Saturday from 9am to 4pm and sells anything from arts and crafts to second hand books.
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