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The Red Dungeon in The Kastle

Destination Chippendale: The Creative Heart of Sydney warmly invites you to attend the May instalment of our Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour. The experience includes the opportunity for a sumptuous lunch beforehand at Bistrot Gavroche.

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a non- profit organisation that aims to celebrate and develop the lifestyle and culture of Chippendale. The Historical Walking Tour is a six-weekly initiative that demonstrates our passion for Chippendale’s chequered history and the CCP’s commitment to transforming the precinct into a thriving cultural destination.

On Saturday 6th of May, from 2-3.30pm,  the Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour will uncover what lies beneath each crumbling facade, sandstone block, lacey iron balustrade and cutting-edge skyscraper. As we look towards Mother’s Day, our attention this month will uncover some of the trials and tribulations working class women were subject to throughout Chippendale’s rich history.

Wesleyan Chapel and School, Regent Street (1871): From the State Library of New South Wales


Led by public historian, Dr. Bronwyn Hanna, the tour will offer intimate glimpses into the lives of working class women that remain hidden beneath the heritage remains and historical architecture of Chippendale. Join us and uncover what it was like to be married to a brewery worker in the 1850s while 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 a Catholic church where some of Chippendale’s most pious women were centred, the tour will feature a peek into Sydney’s only licensed fetish parlour. We will uncover the legacy of Strickland House, Sydney’s first public housing, and explore women’s roles as carers and mourners at Mortuary Station. We will visit the role of Aboriginal women in urban communities in nearby Eveleigh Street, Redfern, and stop at Crawford and Turpin’s ‘Halo’ sculpture, an exemplar of contemporary Chippendale’s creative energy.

Join Bronwyn as she expertly guides you to:

  1. St Benedict’s Catholic Church, one of Sydney’s oldest surviving Catholic churches

  2. Coopers Cottages, Elim Place

  3. Michael Mobbs (and wife Heather Armstrong and family’s) Sustainable House, Myrtle Street

  4. Corner of Abercrombie and Dangar Streets; supposedly where Lanfranchi was gunned down by Roger Rogerson, discredited by Sally Anne Huckstepp

  5. The Kastle, Sydney’s only licensed fetish parlour

  6. The Block, Eveleigh Street, Redfern

  7. Strickland Flats, model housing from the early days of Australia’s town planning movement

  8. Mortuary Station (and Florence Taylor mural)

  9. White Rabbit Gallery, Balfour Street

  10. HALO, Central Park, a kinetic sculpture by Michalie Crawford and Jennifer Turpin

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 is 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.

Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tours and Lunch Tickets HERE

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With Miss Scarlett by your side, we invite you and your mother figure to delight in sumptuous French fine dining at Bistrot Gavroche before the tour. Housed in a beautiful old rum warehouse, Bistrot Gavroche respects the historical structure of this timeless Sydney space while evoking a traditional Parisian bistro atmosphere unique to the city of love. Executive Chef Frederic Colin serves up a French bistro menu in celebration of his roots, by paying homage to recipes studied in his youth at Grand-père Henri’s restaurant. Miss Scarlett will delight you with many a tale before the tour, join her and experience the beauty of Paris in the heart of Sydney.

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This month the menu will include delightful French inspired treats like:


Velouté de courge et huile de noisettes/Butternut squash veloute with hazelnut oil

Main Course

Poulet Rôti, jus à l’estragon et pommes Lyonnaises/Whole roasted Barossa Chicken, tarragon jus and pommes Lyonnaises


Mousse au chocolat/Chocolate Mousse

Bistrot Gavroche review, Good Food.com.au, April 2016

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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The tour was great, I really enjoyed the historical detail and the passion that Ian obviously has for Sydney and its history. I learned a lot of interesting details about the area even though I have lived in Sydney all my life. I found the tour really interesting and worthwhile.

I would definitely be interested in other history tours

– Terri Burnett, August 2016

I did enjoy tremendously the walking tour on Saturday, I will never look at bricks in quite the same way. I was most interested in the Brewery and have been reading about it since, and yes I would be more than happy to do another walk. Thanking you I enjoyed it all.

– Di Bowyer, August 2016


Tour Details

May tour

Date: Saturday,  May 6

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Price: $22

Meeting Point: Kensington Contemporary, 32 Kensington Street, Chippendale

May Lunch (Optional)

Restaurant: Bistrot Gavroche

Date: Saturday,  May 6

Time: 12:30- 2:00pm

Price: $28

Meeting Point: Bistrot Gavroche, Level 2, the Old Rum Store, 10 Kensington Street, Chippendale 2008

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