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Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tour - May 2017
Sat. 6 May 2017, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm AEST
This May, explore the clandestine tales of the women behind the foundation stories, industrial boom and cultural renaissance of Chippendale. Led by professional historian, Dr Bronwyn Hanna, the tour will offer intimate glimpses into the tales of women that remain hidden beneath the heritage remains and historical architecture of Chippendale. Join us and explore the experience of mothers and mistresses, workers and wives wandering through the narrow streets of Chippendale.
Dr Bronwyn Hanna leads you on ‘A Female Tale’ through Sydney’s favourite cultural hotspot’s polarised past. After exploring the convent of Chippendale’s most pious women, the tour will feature a peek into Sydney’s only licensed fetish parlour with over 25 years of experience, guided by Mistress Scarlett herself! Heading down Balfour Street, we will uncover the legacy of the Strickland Buildings, Sydney’s first public housing, contrasted with a stop at Central Park’s ‘Halo’ sculpture, an exemplar of contemporary Chippendale’s creative energy. In combination with many additional sites, Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tours will dazzle you with the clandestine tales of Chippendale’s daring women.
Dr Bronwyn Hanna is a public historian who has worked for both government and industry helping develop heritage assessments for significant historical sights. She was project manager for the successful World Heritage Nomination for the Sydney Opera House in 2005. She published widely while writing three research theses on the Australian built environment and is also the co-author of two award-winning books about women architects in Australia.
Join historian Bronwyn Hanna as she expertly guides you to:
St Benedict’s Catholic Church and Convent – one of Sydney’s oldest surviving Catholic churches and convent building, home to Chippendale’s most pious women
The Kastle – Sydney’s only licensed fetish parlour
Strickland Flats – model housing from the early days of Australia’s town planning movement.
HALO, Central Park – hear about the women who designed this artwork that both dominates and compliments the heart of Chippendale