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Glebe People

Question: What do Sir Edmund Barton, Australia's first Prime Minister, tennis great Lew Hoad,
and Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta have in common?
Answer: Glebe!

Brief bios of Glebe residents and/or people associated with Glebe:

See also the page on Music and Films associated with Glebe

Musicians, Artists, Actors, Writers associated with Glebe

Basia A'Hern (born 7 December 1989)
is an English-born Australian actor who attended St Scholastica's. See
Wikipedia entry and IMDB entry.

Simon Holmes
was the singer and lead guitarist for the Australian 80's band The Hummingbirds.  In the 1990s he was involved in running the alternative culture and bookshop "Half a Cow" in Glebe in Sydney. See
Wikipedia entry.

Melanie Horsnell
is a singer-songwriter from New South Wales who began her residency at the Excelsior Hotel in Glebe in 2000 and became regarded as one driving forces behind Sydney’s blossoming “NuFolk” movement. Over the years at the Excelsior, Melanie performed with some remarkable artists including Paul Greene, Andy Clockwise, Bertie Blackman, peregrine, Tim Ireland and Wesley Carr. Her residency there continued for 4 years. See
official website and her MySpace page.

Col Joye
is an Australian popular entertainer and entrepreneur who, with his brother Kevin built an influential entertainment management, publishing, and recording business, including ATA Studios in Glebe, New South Wales and they worked with artists including the Bee Gees and their brother Andy Gibb. Their promotions company, Jacobsen Entertainment, continues today, with Col and Kevin Jacobsen as principal members. See
Wikipedia entry.

Patrick Leo Kelly (1914-2007)
was a journalist, publicist, writer and public activist. Initially a journalist, he was a successful publicist for public charities and a campaigner for the interests of indigenous Australians, who served posts including as the national publicity officer for Tranby College, an institution serving indigenous youth in Glebe, Sydney. See
Wikipedia entry.

Melina Marchetta (born 1965)
is an Australian writer and teacher. She is best known as the author of Looking For Alibrandi. She has twice been awarded the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, in 1993 and 2004.  She attended St Scholastica's. See
Wikipedia entry.

Cafe of the Gate of Salvation
is Australia's premier a capella gospel choir, which got its start in 1986 over a coffee in Badde Manors (from Veggie Friendly). Since then the Café has performed almost continuously, appearing at such diverse events as Womadelaide, Horizons, Melbourne International Festival and other prestigious festivals, and for Nelson Mandela's 1990 Australian visit.
See their website and MySpace page.

is an indie rock band from Sydney which started in 1999.  Winning a local band competition in Sydney's beachside suburb of Manly within their first few gigs, the band established a residency at the Excelsior of Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry and their MySpace page.

Thomas Augustine Ricketts
who was recorded at residing at 197 Glebe Point Road in 1901, was a well-known musician and founder of the Musician’s Union in Sydney. He composed a number of musical items, including the Sweet Chimes Waltz. His brother, John Joseph Ricketts, was an artist who designed stage sets and scenery for JC Williamsons. Several generations of the Ricketts family lived and worked in Glebe, until the 1970s. (Information source: thanks to Lyn.)

Roaring Jack
is an Australian Celtic punk/Folk punk band of the 1980s and 1990s, which built a cult following by playing the Sydney pub circuit eventually scoring regular slots at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe and the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown. See
Wikipedia entry.

Spy vs Spy
(also known as v. Spy v. Spy, The Drug Grannies and The Spies), are an Australian ska/pub rock band from Sydney formed in 1981. Aside from Midnight Oil, they are arguably one of Australia's most politically-oriented rock bands, and became known for tackling issues including racism, homelessness and contemporary drug culture. The original group came from separate corners of the world. Guitarist Mike Weiley arrived in Sydney from an industrial city in England and almost immediately found a soul-mate at Nelson Bay High School in would-be bassist Craig Bloxom. American Craig had studied in Alaska for a time, and arrived in Sydney in his mid-teens via LA.

The group's token Australian, drummer Cliff Grigg, arrived in Sydney from the Northern Territory, and settled in an inner suburban squat at 72 Darling Street in Glebe that didn't even have a roof when he first moved in. To save on rent and keep from having to find day jobs Mike and Craig moved into Cliff's squat. When they were thrown out in early 1987, Craig and Mike were moved by the Housing Commission into 59 Darling Street, newly built public housing (being part of a row of terraces opposite 72 Darling Street that had been pulled down in conjunction with the Western Distributor (which did not go ahead) and was replaced with this housing). (Information source: thanks to Wes.)

They had their highest charting success in February 1987 with their single "Don't Tear It Down" on the Australian singles chart and the associated album A.O. Mod. TV. Vers. peaked at #12 on the Australian albums chart. See official website and Wikipedia entry.

Sportsmen representing Glebe

Warren "Curly" Bardsley (December 6, 1882 - January 20, 1954)
was an Australian Test cricketer. An opening batsman, Bardsley played 41 Tests between 1909 and 1926 and over 200 first-class games for New South Wales. He was Wisden's Cricketer of the Year in 1910.  After his retirement from Test and first-class cricket, he continued to play club cricket for Glebe into his fifties. This longevity was attributed to rigorous exercise, a vegetarian diet, and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco. See
Wikipedia entry.

Bill (William Robert) Hardcastle (1874 - 1944)
was a pioneer New Zealand and Australian rugby union player and an Australian rugby league player. He represented both countries in union and Australia in league. He was one of the first dual code rugby internationals.  He played for the Glebe club in Sydney from where he was chosen for the Wallabies in the fourth test of 1899 against Great Britain. See
Wikipedia entry.

William "Bill" Shankland (25 July 1907 – 8 September 1998)
was one of Australia's great all-round sportsmen. An accomplished swimmer, boxer and cricketer, Shankland played for the Glebe and Eastern Suburbs clubs in rugby league. While playing for Glebe in 1928, the 21 year old was selected to make his state debut, the following year, moving to the Eastern Suburbs club, Shankland was selected for the 1929/30 Kangaroo Tour. See
Wikipedia entry.

Sir James Joynton Smith KBE (4 October 1858 - 10 October 1943)
was an Australian hotelier, racecourse and newspaper owner, and mayor of Sydney. Born in London, Smith arrived in Sydney in 1890 and entered the hotel industry. In 1901, his interest in sports lead to him taking out a lease at Brighton racecourse at Rockdale, and later the Forest Lodge racecourse in Glebe. In 1908 he opened the Victoria Park racecourse at Zetland, turning it into a showplace for horse and pony racing and trotting. See
Wikipedia entry.

Kenneth ("Ken") Christopher Wark (born August 3, 1961)
is a former field hockey fullback, who competed in three Summer Olympics for Australia, starting in 1988. After winning the silver medal in 1992 he ended his career with the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Ken plays for local Sydney team Glebe District Hockey Club. See
Wikipedia entry.

Politicians representing Glebe

Glebe was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, originally created in 1859, partly replacing Sydney Hamlets. It elected one member from 1859 to 1885 and two members from 1885 to 1894. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Balmain. Glebe was recreated in 1927 and abolished in 1941. See Wikipedia entry.

Sir George Wigram Allen KCMG (16 May 1824 – 23 July 1885)
was an Australian politician.  His father, also George Allen (1800-77), came to Sydney in 1816 and was the first attorney and solicitor admitted by the supreme court of New South Wales. George the younger was appointed a commissioner of national education in 1853 and held the position until 1867. He was nominated to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1860, in 1869 was elected a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Glebe, and from December 1873 to February 1875 was minister for justice and public instruction in the first Henry Parkes ministry. See
Wikipedia entry.

Bruce Arthur Smith KC (28 June 1851 - 14 August 1937)
was a long serving Australian politician and leading political opponent of the White Australia policy. Elected as the member for Glebe in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in February 1889, Smith was almost immediately promoted by Premier Henry Parkes to Secretary for Public Works, and later, Treasurer. See
Wikipedia entry.

People associated with Glebe buildings and architecture

David Elphinstone (1847-1916)
was an Australian architect and builder who built many buildings in Glebe, New South Wales and Ashfield, New South Wales at the end of the 19th century. See
Wikipedia entry.

John Radecki (also known as Jan Radecki) (1865 - 1955)
was a master stained glass artist working in Australia, considered to be the finest such artist of his time.  An example of his works from the early 1930s can be seen in St. Scholastica's Convent. See
Wikipedia entry.

Walter Liberty Vernon (1846–1914)
was an English architect who migrated to the state of New South Wales, Australia and pursued his career as an architect in Sydney. He is noted for designing multiple government buildings which are still standing, many of which have a heritage listing.  He favoured Federation styles, as seen in his fire station in St Johns Road, Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

The Lodge is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia and also the residence of the prime minister's family in the national capital, Canberra.  The Lodge was built over the period 1926-1927 by the builder J G Taylor of Glebe  at a cost of £28,319. See Wikipedia entry.

Arthur Malcolm Stace (February 9, 1884 - 30 July 1967),
otherwise known as Mr. Eternity, after converting to Christianity spread his form of gospel by writing the word "Eternity" on sidewalks in Sydney, including Glebe, using chalk. See
Wikipedia entry.

People Born in Glebe

Reginald Charles Allen (born July 2, 1858, Glebe; died May 2, 1952) was an Australian cricketer who played in one Test match against England in 1886-87. See Wikipedia entry.

Sir Edmund Barton, GCMG, QC (18 January 1849, Glebe – 7 January 1920)
Australian politician and judge, was the first Prime Minister of Australia and a founding justice of the High Court of Australia. Barton's greatest contribution to Australian history was his management of the federation movement through the 1890s. Elected at the inaugural 1901 federal election, Barton resigned from the position of Prime Minister of Australia in 1903 and became a judge of Australia's High Court. See
Wikipedia entry.

Thelma Forshaw (1 August 1923, Glebe - 8 October 1995)
was an Australian short story writer and book reviewer. See
Wikipedia entry.

Lewis Alan ("Lew") Hoad (born November 23, 1934 in Glebe, died July 3, 1994 in Fuengirola, Spain)
was a champion tennis player. For five straight years, beginning in 1952, he was ranked in the World Top Ten for amateurs, reaching the No. 1 spot in 1956. Grand slam wins include Wimbledon in 1956 and 1957. See
Wikipedia entry.

Ken Moroney AO APM
was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force from 2002 until August 31, 2007. See
Wikipedia entry.

Richard Edward O'Connor QC, (4 August 1851, Glebe – 18 November 1912),
Australian politician, was a member of the first federal ministry. See
Wikipedia entry.

John Henry Want (4 May 1846, Glebe – 22 November 1905)
was an Australian barrister and politician, attorney-general in New South Wales. See
Wikipedia entry.

Past and Present Residents of Glebe

Deborah Cameron
is an Australian journalist and radio presenter. In January, 2008, she took over from Virginia Trioli as host of the morning program on radio 702 ABC Sydney. Her husband is Greg Earl, Asia Pacific editor for the The Australian Financial Review. They live with their family in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

Nicholas Martin Gledhill (born March 7, 1975)
Australian film and stage actor.  Gledhill grew up in Glebe and has worked extensively in Australia and the UK for more than 25 years. His career began at the age of 6 when he played the central role (PS) in Careful, He Might Hear You in 1983 — for which he was nominated for Best Actor by the Australian Film Institute in 1984. See
Wikipedia entry.

Charles Firth
an Australian comedian, best known as a member of The Chaser productions CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. He is the brother of Verity Firth, and grew up in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

Verity Firth
is the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Women, Minister for Science and Medical Research and Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) in the current Iemma Labor Government of New South Wales. Firth was elected to the new seat of Balmain at the 2007 NSW state election. See
Wikipedia entry.

Reg Mombassa
is the pseudonym of Chris O'Doherty, a New Zealand born artist and musician. Equally as well known for his musical exploits - founder and former member of the popular Australian band Mental As Anything and member of Dog Trumpet (alongside his brother Peter O'Doherty) - as he is for his art. Worldwide, he is perhaps better known for his irreverent designs for surfwear company Mambo Graphics many of which were later adapted for use in a segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics closing ceremony. He is a resident of Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

Max Charles Solling OAM
Australian urban and sports historian.  A resident of Glebe since 1960, In 1972 he completed his MA on the development of nineteenth-century Glebe and is author of Grandeur and Grit: A History of Glebe (2007), Halstead Press. See
Wikipedia entry.

Monica Trapaga
is an Australian entertainment presenter, jazz singer and actress, best known for her work on the Australian series Play School and used to sing the Bananas in Pyjamas theme song. Trapaga appeared on Better Homes and Gardens from 1997-2003 in segments related to decorating. She now works on Playhouse Disney which is aired on Channel Seven.  She is a former resident of Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

Sir Robert William Askin, GCMG (April 4, 1907 - September 9, 1981)
Premier of New South Wales from 1965 to 1975.  He grew up in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

William Binnington Boyce (9 November 1804 – 8 March 1889, Glebe)
was an English-born philologist and clergyman, active in Australia. See
Wikipedia entry.

Geoffrey Eagar (17 December 1818 - 12 September 1891, Glebe)
was an accountant and Treasurer of the Government of New South Wales, Australia. See
Wikipedia entry.

William Robert Guilfoyle (8 December 1840 – 25 June 1912)
was a landscape gardener and botanist in Victoria, Australia, acknowledged as the architect of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and was responsible for the design of many parks and gardens in Melbourne and regional Victoria.  He was privately educated at Lyndhurst College in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

James Francis "Frank" Hurley, OBE (15 October 1885 – 16 January 1962)
was an Australian photographer, film maker and adventurer. He participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica and served as an official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars.  Hurley was the third of five children to parents Edward and Margaret Hurley and was raised in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

William John Munro (1863 - 1908)
was a dermatopathologist, who made a number of medical breakthroughs in his field. He was born in Sydney, and after graduating in Arts from Sydney University, proceeded to Edinburgh, where he graduated in Medicine in 1884 and was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons, London. He returned to Glebe, where he engaged in general practice until 1896 when he returned to Europe for three years working throughout London, Vienna, and Berlin. In 1900, he returned to Sydney, where he acquired a reputation and a growing practice in dermatology and syphilology. He wrote on syphilis, acne rosacea, contact dermatitis, and the use and abuse of arsenic in the treatment of skin diseases in the Australian Medical Gazette and collaborated with Herschel Harris, an early radiotherapist, on epilation of the scalp for ringworm. In 1905, Munro published an illustrated paper on Treponema pallidum just a few months after its discovery by Schaudinn and Hoffmann on the other side of the world.
See "William John Munro and Munro's Abscess, and Franz Kogoj and Kogoj's Spongiform Pustule", Charles Steffen, The American Journal of Dermatopathology, Vol 24(4), p364, 2002.

John William Payne (born 1844, died 12 May 1928, Glebe)
was a Test match umpire. See
Wikipedia entry.

Ernest 'Ernie' Ridding (1927-2001)
was an eccentric resident of Glebe, NSW. He was well-known locally as 'The Fridge Man' on account of his practice of repairing old refrigerators and donating them to the poor. During his early life, Ridding spent time in Goulburn's Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital, after which he adopted the title "Ernest Ridding, GKN LLM" ("Graduate of Kenmore Nuthouse, Legally and Lawfully Mad"). In his final years, Ridding moved to a Marrickville nursing home. Ridding's life was documented in an exhibition on Sydney's eccentric residents. In September 2007, Ridding's community service was honoured in the unveiling of a plaque, by Governor of New South Wales Marie Bashir, at the Glebe Community Garden, with the text: "In giving, he inspires us to give." See
Wikipedia entry.

John Woods Whittle VC, DCM (3 August 1882 – 2 March 1946, Glebe)
was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.  See
Wikipedia entry.

Jabez Bunting Waterhouse (19 April 1821 – 18 January 1891)
was an English-born Australian Methodist minister and a leading legislator within conference, who served in Glebe. See
Wikipedia entry.

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