Woollahra's historic landscapes

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From the Ground Up - 4-12 Sept 2021 History Week

Launched as part of the History Council of NSW's History Week 2021 under the theme From the Ground Up, this collection invites you to explore Woollahra's Historic Landscapes. The content will grow with time and community contributions. We invite you to share your memories, stories and images of places in Woollahra which have special meaning to you, to enrich our understanding of the local area.

Edgecliff in the '60s

Edgecliff in the 1960s was a landscape awaiting a transformation driven by two forces. The first was the coming of the Eastern Suburbs Railway and the second, a decision by the Church to redevelop its glebe lands. View this album of 23 images to see the last moments of an era.

Bellevue Hill - building a suburb

Bellevue Hill

This gallery of images of the construction of Birriga, Bundarra and Banksia Roads, and Benelong Crescent c1912-1913, for Cooper’s Bellevue Hill-Bondi Estate - a swathe of land rising from O’Sullivan Road to Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill - provides a remarkable glimpse of a landscape in transition and the scale of the endeavour which created today's suburban streetscape.

Horticulture in Double Bay

Dig beneath the man-made world of suburban Double Bay and you will find a forgotten history of horticulture and gardening, when market gardens flourished to feed a growing city, nurserymen created thriving businesses and the area drew accolades for its landmark estates.

Share your story

Share Your Story

We invite you to share your connection with Woollahra's natural and built landscapes, through your own stories and images, to enrich our understanding of the history of the local area.

Cooper Park visual tour

A visual tour of Cooper Park and some of its heritage, filmed between 2019 and 2020. The tour pairs contemporary views with historic images from the Woollahra Libraries Digital Archive.

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Enjoyed the above Local History Visual Tour? There’s another one on names in Vaucluse on our Local Areas webpage.