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The Canberra Times | In The City Magazine
As Canberrans find a shady place to relax
in the city's green heart of Glebe Park,
they may not realise that its past was not
quite as peaceful.
In fact the park itself would not be there
if not for spirited and committed residents
fighting to keep the community area protected.
The much-loved area, which provides a spot for
city workers to lunch, mothers to take yoga, couples
to canoodle, tourists to picnic and residents to rally,
has been one of Canberra's favourite spots to gather
It is a beautiful shady space that provides an escape
from the bustling city centre next to it.
Glebe Park is the remaining part of a 40-hectare
area of land which was transferred by merchant and
pastoralist Robert Campbell to the Church of England
in the early 1840s.
The Glebe stretched from where the park is today,
through Canberra City's south to the Molonglo River
where Lake Burley Griffin now lies.
St John's Church was built on this land as was
St John's Rectory, later called Glebe House, which
became the first homes of students from the girls and
boys grammar schools in Canberra.
It was the rectory's first reverend and keen gardener
-- Pierce Galliard Smith - who planted the seeds during
the late 1800s that would eventually grow into the
trees Canberrans sit under today.
The Commonwealth acquired the Glebe in 1912
and slowly began to take parts of the site for the
development of Canberra.
But it was not until Glebe House was controversially
demolished in 1954 that focus turned to saving the
Author of The Glebe Park Story and the man behind
what the park is today, John Gray, said the Royal
Australian Institute of Architects first raised the idea
of protecting the trees.
"The trees at that stage were around what was then
an empty site," he said.
"It was like a real forest here, it was becoming
He said the city was developing all around the park
and was beginning to encroach on the green space,
causing some concern for Canberrans.
The National Capital Development Commission
began to initiate plans to turn the area into a
permanent park and in 1980/81 set aside funds in the
construction program for its development.
But it was not until the newly-formed Canberra
Development Board floated the idea of the Canberra
Tivoli Gardens for the site -- ornamental gardens,
restaurants, theatres, food outlets and admission
charges -- that the Save Glebe Park campaign really
Gray said the Save Glebe Park Committee organised
a rally during Heritage Week celebrations in 1982,
which was attended by 500 people.
The committee developed a register of every tree in
the park and offered the opportunity to pay 50 cents to
save an individual tree.
Each person received a certificate recognising this
commitment: "This is to certify that ... has pledged to
care for the tree shown as No ... in the Register of the
Save Glebe Park Committee and to take all reasonable
actions to preserve Glebe Park, and its trees for the
tree and unobstructed use and enjoyment of the
people of Canberra," it read.
The then Minister for the Capital Territory Michael
Hodgman announced shortly after this event that the
park would not be developed as the Tivoli Gardens
"The Glebe Park Committee had the hide to ask him
to pay 50 cents to save a tree," Mr Gray said.
And he did.
Officially named Glebe Park on Wednesday,
December 14, 1983, Gray believes it had been
important to reflect the history of the area and keep it
true to its English heritage.
Each gateway is named to represent this and the
paths replicate the journey that Reid residents walked
through to the city.
The fence -- with its symbolism of the leaves of the
trees -- went up, a bandstand was constructed and a
children's playground built.
While Gray says some things have changed in the
area -- such as the part of it controversially converted
into a car park for new apartment blocks in 2011 -- it
is similar to the park when it was completed in 1989.
"Generally speaking it's really much as it was
designed in the first place," he said.
"I take my hat off to the people of Reid."
While these days the park is usually the site of
happy community celebrations and festivals it is still
on occasion used by Canberrans to rally and fight for
But the biggest fight the park has ever seen was the
battle for it to stay in the hands of the community.
Park with heart
Glebe Park is the ultimate spot for a lazy summer's day but the city's green
space has had a tumultuous history. BY MEREDITH CLISBY
PHOTO: DANIEL SPELLMAN
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