Field Trip

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Field Trip is a series of community-led walking tours in Marrickville and Sydenham. We are learning about the area’s industrial, infrastructural and creative spaces, as well as engaging people in a conversation about the future of the neighbourhood.

Our first walk was held on June 8th, 2018 at Carrington Road. There are pictures here

Because this is a knowledge sharing project as well as a series of events, we are organising relevant documents here on the Frontyard wiki. Please feel free to add and comment to what we have started here.

We organised an event as part of the Inner West Open Studio Trail on March 18, 2018, to explore community visions for Marrickville 2028. Geographer Craig Lyons spoke about the audit of cluster dynamics on Carrington Road. Local historian Ian Hoskins was the guest speaker from Save Marrickville Action Group. Here is a pdf of Ian's presentation. Think of the pdf as a prompt to go for a local character walk in Marrickville. There are some photos of the event here.

Field Trip is supported by an Inner West Council Arts and Culture grant. The grant is led by Craig Lyons.


Audio is available from the Carrington Road Field Trip here Audio production by Frontyard Janitor Sophea Lerner.

General Research:

  • Made in Marrickville: Enterprise and cluster dynamics at the creative industries -manufacturing interface, Carrington Road precinct
  • Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production
  • Carrington Road Sewage Pumping Station: SP0271 is of State, historic and aesthetic significance. Historically, it is one of the oldest sewage pumping stations still in active service in the Sydney Water system and is technologically unique in having the dual function of carrying sewage and stormwater. SP0271 is one of only two pumping stations which were originally powered by steam. The importance of the station is reinforced by the provision of a substantial house for the site engineer, which survives intact. Aesthetically, it is one of the finest examples of a large scale Federation period public utility building in Sydney, displaying a high level of excellence in its design, construction and craftsmanship. The existing chimney is significant in its own right, being an excellent example of a substantial stack constructed in ornamental brickwork which is also a local landmark. The station reveals information about early steam and diesel technologies and is significant as a representative example of a sewage pumping station which still fulfils its role over 100 years after its introduction, as originally designed and constructed albeit with mechanical and electrical upgrading.
  • Marrickville Heritage Society

Community generated Information:

Government Documents and Links: