The soul of a country town, St Johns Church, Camden

On the hill overlooking the Camden town centre is a church building that represents the historic, moral and emotional heart of community. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the church represents the soul of the town, which was built below it on the Nepean River floodplain in the mid-19th century. Metaphor for…

A space of memories and monuments

The CHN blogger was recently out and about and re-discovered a lovely urban space in central Goulburn on the New South Wales southern tablelands. Known as Belmore Park since the mid-19th century the park has a formal symmetrical layout. This is typical of many 19th century Victorian urban parks with paths crossing it on the…

Camden Needs A Residential Heritage Style Guide

Camden Needs A Residential Heritage Style Guide There is a crying need for a local Camden Residential Heritage Style Guide. Why do other Local Government Areas in Australia have a Residential Style Guide for their heritage housing styles but Camden does not. Camden is one of Australia’s most historic localities and yet newcomers and locals…

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are some of the most important open spaces and parkland in Australia’s urban places. The 29 hectares of gardens are surrounded by 51 hectares of parkland including the Sydney Domain. The gardens are traditionally divided into 4 sections the Middle Garden, the Upper Garden, the Lower Garden and the…

Beulah and Sydney’s Urban Sprawl

Beulah and Sydney’s Urban Sprawl Beulah is an historic farm property on Sydney south-west rural-urban fringe. Beulah has a frontage to Sydney’s notorious Appin Road and is an area of Sydney’s ever increasing urban sprawl. The property is caught in a pincer movement between two new land releases at Appin and Mount Gilead. These developments…

Lost Campbelltown heritage

Lost Campbelltown heritage Campbelltown and surrounding areas have lost much in the way of their local heritage. Does anyone care and more to the point does anyone notice? Heritage is what the community considers of value at present and is worthy of handing on to the next generation. It is a moveable feast and changes…