From Fishing Nets to Olympic Rings - Olympic Park Historical Walk WEA Sydney

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Storyteller Jo Henwood will share tales of the Blaxlands and the Wentworths, and the colonising farmers before them who, from 1788, claimed the tidal wetlands of the Wangal. We will be looking at a site that was often a place for things people didn’t want to see - the industrial workplaces of brickpit and abattoir, storage for explosives in the armory, and the infirm in the hospital; as well as the Olympics structures that were built to be seen on a grand scale. Meet at the Showground Road side of Olympic Park station 10 minutes before the tour starts so it can commence on time.

This walk will go ahead whatever the weather, except where the guide deems there to be a threat to health and safety. In this situation you will be contacted with an alternative date. Please ensure your mobile phone number is up-to-date with WEA before enrolling and ensure that you have it with you on the day in case the tutor needs to contact you.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Olympic Memories, Cathy Freeman Park
  • Showground, Brickpit Ring
  • Wentworth Commons, Bennelong Parkway
  • Newington House, Newington Armory
  • Treillage, Lake Belvedere
  • Home Bush Estate, Abattoir


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discover significant buildings and memorials around Olympic Park and what they signify
  2. Know the events that happened in and around Olympic Park in the past

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