March Historical Walking Tour



‘Brewery and Beyond’

A walking tour of historic Chippendale

From wetland, to the birthplace of horticulture, Chippendale became an industrial suburb, a place of slums, a showcase for housing reform and even a battleground of faiths. Transformed, Chippendale is now at the heart of Sydney’s inner city revival.

On Saturday 25 March, from 2-3.30pm,  the Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tour will explore the stories that each crumbling facade, sandstone block, lacey iron balustrade and cutting- edge skyscraper reveal of the changing face of Chippendale.

Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tour takes you on a time-travelling journey through vestiges of the area’s past, guided by professional historian, Dr. Ian Hoskins. The colonial history, industrial heritage, and sordid tales beneath Chippendale’s cultural renaissance and vibrant culinary and artistic scene will be revealed in an informal, social setting.

Dr. Ian Hoskins has worked as a curator, academic and professional historian for 25 years. He has 10 years experience leading walking tours with a particular focus on the architectural and cultural history of Sydney. Ian is the author of two prize winning books: Sydney Harbour a history and Coast: a history of the New South Wales edge.


Prior to the tour, guests are invited to dine together at Kensington Street favourite Mekong.

Join us as we drift down from Burma cloud country, trace the Lao border, wake up to Thai sunrises, pause by gilded Cambodian pagodas and wade through rice paddies in Vietnam. Each Asian fusion dish is an escapist’s wish. Each share plate invites companions for the voyage. You there, traveller – this shall be your map.



Historian Ian Hoskins guides you to:

  • Kensington Street – a thoroughfare which once ran along the wall of the brewery that defined Chippendale.
  • Mortuary Station
  • Kent Brewery grain store– built in 1911, an exemplar of the impact of brewing on Chippendale’s industry.
  • Thomas Shepherd’s 1820s nursery – a birthplace of Australian horticulture.
  • Paradise Row– one of the notorious  19th century ‘slum’ streets of Chippendale.
  • St Benedict’s School and Church – one of Sydney’s oldest surviving Catholic churches, built to the design of the great English Gothic architect, Augustus Welby Pugin.
  • Strickland Flats – model housing from the early days of Australia’s town planning movement.
  • Sydney City Mission– a place of religion, charity and community in the heart of Chippendale.


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