Bowral’s Splendid Glebe Lands – A Discovery Tour of the Golden Victorian Age
Discover the forgotten world of Bowral’s golden Victorian age as we explore Bowral’s Glebe lands.
Originally home to the Gundungurra people, who caught eels in the rivulets, the Glebe land was promised to the Church of England in 1859 and has had strong community associations for over 150 years. Although much has changed, the street names hint at the links this land once had to the Church of England – St Jude’s, Glebe and Church.
Peel away the layers of history and discover a beautiful story that has remained untold. Relive the joyous celebrations that took place in the Association Hall. Uncover the lost sports grounds where the Bowral Association Cricket team strode out to battle in blue and white uniforms accompanied by the Association Band. See the site of Bowral’s first place of worship, first school and first library. Walk the streets where Ginger Meggs was filmed. Meet the ordinary working men and women who played here, learnt their trade and lived here. Learn of the wonderful characters and their legacy, including the great HE Jones, to whom the Glebe lands were ‘very dear’.
We also discuss the strange death of George Thane, who burnt to death in his humpy on this land in 1904.
What I saw was a quaint little wooden hut that looked as if Hansel and Gretel might be sheltering inside. This fleeting impression appears to have been prophetic, for the next time I passed that way, this hut had meanwhile blossomed into a children’s library, which now houses not only Hansel and Gretel, but all the other fairy books as well (“Visit to Children’s Library,” 1951).
A light lunch and refreshments are included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, own water and a hat.