“Lyndhurst” – Glebe

    Anti-expressway graffiti, Glebe. (source: Kurt Iveson, originally supplied by Meredith Burgmann)

    In the early 1970s, at the behest of newly formed Glebe Society, Jack Mundey and the BLF led a fight against two monumental expressways that would have sliced through residential areas of Glebe, Ultimo, Leichhardt, Rozelle and Annandale. The project would displace around 2,500 people and a green ban was ultimately placed on the project in 1972. See also: North-West Expressway

    In 1971 Albert Mispel wrote a passionate protest against the effects of the proposed expressway which would have involved the destruction of Lyndhurst House; an historical manor on Darghan Street. Lyndhurst became a potent symbol for the anti-expressway movement and the Save Lyndhurst Committee officially requested a separate green ban be placed on the building in July 1972.

    Research provided by Isabella Maher


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    On the 50th anniversary of the Green Bans, the ideals of their struggle to protect heritage and environmental amenity for all to enjoy are more urgent than ever. In 2011 the Green Bans Art Walk and Exhibition (in two parts at The Cross Art Projects and The Firstdraft Depot Project Space), told the story of an inspired period, its charismatic leaders and grass-roots heroes. The project comprised a series of public guided walks between the exhibition venues functioned as a living instruction manual and moral compass charting stories of good and evil, creativity and conflict. Read more

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