• The history of Green Square continues to evolve; it begins with a clean slate, drawing inspiration from the places that it encompasses, places whose stories tell the history of Sydney's inner south.

    Before the arrival of the British, the area was wetland and forest, a place for the Eora to hunt, fish and forage. From the early 19th century, its value as a source of water saw it developed for market gardens and the manufacture of bricks, flour, cotton, grain and wool.

    With commerce came houses, pubs and people, establishment of the new suburbs of Waterloo and Alexandria. New estates formed in Zetland and Beaconsfield, “the working man’s model township”. Rosebery was subdivided to become “Sydney’s model residential and industrial suburb” with parkland separating factories from homes. Victoria Park became entertainment central with its own racecourse, recreational grounds and tote.

  • Gradually the millers moved out and manufacturers moved in, producing the goods that a modern metropolis required, stoves, baths, electrical goods and cars. But time and change are a constant and soon they too made way for cleaner technology-based industry and a continuing stream of people, drawn to the gritty character of the inner-city locale.

    Now a new future beckons, as Green Square transforms into Sydney’s global village.

    Images above courtesy of City of Sydney Archives, Mitchell Library & State Reference Library, State Library of NSW.


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