Nostalgic Photos from Glebe Tram Sheds
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A Sydney relic, captured days before it was closed and locked down
Rozelle Tram Depot was one of those mysterious, abandoned places that everyone had heard about, but only a few had actually been. Considered by some as a waste of space and a sad embarrassment, I actually thought the colourful, decaying space was quite magical. The tram depot; holding some of the oldest trams in Sydney, was closed down for business in 1958 and sat for many years in pristine condition. Then in 2000 the sheds somehow became accessible to the public and partygoers, young people and graffiti artists took up residence there. The depot, trams and a bus were vandalised in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful and poignant ways. Not only did the space become more interesting, but some of the huge artworks on the walls were breathtakingly detailed and drawn with great talent.
In 2010 Mirvac bought the place with the intention of gutting it and remaking it into trendy apartments. Days before it became closed off from the public I dressed up, gathered some photographer friends and did one last outing to capture the fun and mystique of this iconic space.
SYDNEY AT A GLANCE
What to do
There is so much to do in Sydney! There’s the harbour, beautiful beaches, cool bars and cafés, free festivals and parks galore!
Check out my Free Things to do in Sydney guide for more.
Where to stay
Cheap: Though there are lost of hostels in Sydney, Base Sydney is the one I’d recommend most as it’s central, clean and functional (check out the kitchen omg!)
Boutique: Ovolo 1888 is 2 minutes to Darling Harbour. Situated in a beautiful old brick building, the art-deco style rooms are very instagrammable. And just to top it off – there are loads of awesome freebies too!
Where to eat and drink
For cheap(ish) eats with harbour views head to Cargo Bar on Darling Harbour. For the best Italian in Sydney, try Jamie’s Italian (yep! Jamie Oliver started this place). And for a good night out, meeting people and drinking cheap booze, head to Side Bar near Central Station.
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Place: Harold Park in Glebe
Currency: Australian Dollar
$1 USD = $1.31
I was there: 2011
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