Unique opportunity to celebrate and share Eveleigh's rich history
A man stood at the pearly gates,
His face was worn and old
And meekly asked the man of fate,
Admission to the 'fold'.
"What deed can you account for
To gain admission here?"
"Why I worked at Eveleigh Loco
Until my dying year."
The gate swung open sharp,
As St. Peter touched the bell,
"Come in” he said "and take a Harp,
You've had enough of Hell
This poem, titled “He understood”, was published in 1951 in the Eveleigh News, produced by Eveleigh Loco Shop Committee.
It’s just one of the gems you can find on Eveleigh Stories, a free interactive website and phone app that celebrates the rich history, people and events of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops.
Eveleigh Stories will be launched at the Heritage Open Day at the Australian Technology Park on Saturday 12 December 2015.
“The community has told us they value the area’s rich heritage and want more accessible ways to learn about it and share it with future generations,” said Program Director Troy Daly.
“Eveleigh Stories brings the unique heritage of the Eveleigh area to life through digital media including a website, video, interactive kiosk, smart phone and tablet walking tours of the Blacksmith’s Workshop.
“Visitors to the Open Day will also see 3D chalk art that celebrates the history of the site - with a modern twist - and will be invited to share their experiences via social media.
“One of the ‘key moves’ we developed with community earlier this year for the Central to Eveleigh urban transformation program was “to make a strong arts, cultural and heritage area and to secure its future in Sydney’s cultural landscape”.
Initially focused on the Australian Technology Park (ATP), Eveleigh Stories will expand over time as part of the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Program to include more stories about individuals and events from the history of the North Eveleigh and South Eveleigh precincts to deepen connections across the rail corridor and within communities.
Eveleigh Stories and the Heritage Open Day will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Australian Technology Park Blacksmiths Workshop and Innovation Plaza.
Visitors to the Open Day will also see 3D chalk art that celebrates the history of the site - with a modern twist - and will be invited to share their experiences via social media. We are giving away $800 worth of shopping vouchers for the best selfie with the art work.
To get there, enter from Locomotive Street, Eveleigh or from Platform 10 at Redfern Station.
The Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation and Transport Program aims to progressively transform government-owned land along the rail corridor in the inner city over the next 30 years. It will help to meet current and future needs for local residents and a growing global Sydney by providing new community facilities and open space, a mix of new housing and employment opportunities, and improved connections across the rail corridor.