Historical signs installed

Max & historical sign Petersham Town Hall

Cr Max Phillips with a historical sign at the “new” Petersham Town Hall.

One of the best parts of being a local Councillor is seeing your ideas take concrete form in our community.  In late 2012, I moved a motion for Council to install pictorial signs around the municipality to make people aware of the area’s history and evolution.  I think history is important and wanted to bring it out of the dusty archives and into the streets.

Last week Council official launched the signs with a brief tour around Petersham with the Marrickville Historical Society.

max & historical sign

Cr Max Phillips with a sign in Maundrell Park.

The Inner West has a fascinating history,  and many buildings or relics still remain.  Understanding local history can give a greater sense of place for both residents and visitors.

19 signs have now been installed around the municipality, and I hope the number continue to expand.  Eventually I’d like to see a Marrickville historical trail that people can walk, cycle or drive between the signs and enjoy our rich history.

Sometimes things take a while to happen on local council, but when they do happen it is great.

You can read a media release from when these signs were originally funded here.


  • What about the loss of the public artwork wall with the proposed redevelopment of 31 New Canterbury Road PETERSHAM NSW 2049 in a block of flats which does not include keeping the art wall that runs down Audley St? This is a loss of heritage to overdevelopment.

    • The Portugese mural on Audley St by artist Luis Geraldes is indeed worth saving, and the Greens were pleased to vote to protect the mural when the issue came to a vote on Council this year. Unfortunately the legal terms on which the wall was provided, on which the mural was created, mean there was no avenue for Council to stop the development or require the wall to be retained, but Council has agreed to pay for the relocation of the mural so it will be protected for the future in a nearby location (community consultation on the location pending)

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