Sydney Architecture Images- Glebe

Burley Griffin Incinerator

architect

Walter Burley Griffin  

location

end of Ferry Street

date

1933

style

Inter-War Art Deco

construction

 

type

Government utility
 
 
 
Built in 1933, this was the smallest of thirteen incinerators in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia designed by
Walter Burley Griffin, designer of Canberra, and his partner Eric Nicholls. Others included those at Pyrmont (now
demolished) and Willoughby. Prior to building the incinerator, Glebe Council used to load garbage onto barges at the Council
depot in Forsyth Street, tow it 10 kilometres out to sea and dump it: this resulted in beaches being polluted by refuse
carried in by the currents. Griffin and Nicholls promoted their incinerators as hygienic, efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
Now only the shell of the incinerator remains, incorporated into the redevelopment of foreshore industrial land for housing.
The City of Sydney’s 2004 Glebe Foreshore Plan also provides for its restoration.

 

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