for better or for worse?


You could look at it like this, The Block at Redfern, (Sydney, NSW, Australia) is a marriage of cultures with a raft of problems and resultant changes are afoot, some for the better, some for the worse, a bit like marriage vows that didn’t work out…

“The Block has historically been the subject of large protests, starting in the early 1970s”…” is viewed by the largely rural indigenous population of NSW as a pied a terre and spiritual home in Australia’s largest city. For non-Aborigines, the Block has assumed a notorious reputation for violence and crime”… “The area around The Block is now reportedly the subject of plans for massive redevelopment by private developers at the instigation of the New South Wales state government”


About EllaDee's

After a decade of living in tiny apartments in the inner-city of Sydney, Australia with my husband referred to in my posts as the Gorgeous One (G.O.) while I worked in corporate-legal and the G.O. in civil earthworks we relocated 500 kilometres north in December 2015 to our home in the Nambucca Valley to follow our dream of living simply and creatively. We travelled around Australia in 2016. Now we work on our 1930’s house, have a vegetable garden and a dog plus share a flock of backyard chickens with our neighbour. These days I’m a horticulture student, something I dreamed of doing for many years. From time to time I write about day-to-day life, past & present, people & places, and take snapshots with my smart phone. Copyright 2011-2017. All content of,, & is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of the owner who can be contacted via email dln011 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au.

5 responses »

  1. Partner used to live in Redfern in the 80s, but when I asked him about this all he could remember was the Leagues Club (food) and the bank (money) below the flat he was staying in. It was pretty seedy back then too.

  2. The old Souths league Club was demolished several years ago and there were several hiatuses (sp?) in the redevelopment. The club has just reopened as Souths on Chalmers. It’s all very beautiful & expensive and out of keeping with the original feel of the area but sadly the way of the future. This is the best link I could find Also the football ground across the road has been redeveloped and juniors games are still played there but not the traditional first grade games. Souths Rabbitoh’s (co-owned by Russell Crowe) home ground has been moved out west to Homebush (where the Olympics were held). The area still has some of its old, good character & maybe a little less of the bad (still some dodgy places/times of day) but because it’s city fringe & close to Sydney Uni it has become increasingly popular & trendy.

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