Radical Glebe talk sessionGlebe Society President, Verity Firth (left), moderated the ‘Radical Glebe’ session. On the panel were (L to R) Meredith Burgmann, Nadia Wheatley and Josefa Sobski. (Photo: VixPix Photography).

Held: Mon 24 June, 7.00 - 8.30 pm
Panelists: Meredith Burgmann, Josefa Sobski, and Nadia Wheatley
Moderator: Verity Firth

Glebe has had a radical history. Our panelists were at the forefront of several social activist movements based in Glebe in the 1960s and ’70s which brought about major change – social, cultural, environmental and political.

Attendees heard their campaign stories about:

  • the Women’s Liberation Movement
  • Elsie - the first women’s refuge in Australia
  • the Unions’ environmental agenda - 'Green Bans’
  • Anti-apartheid movement - ‘Stop the Tours’
  • Overcoming local political machinations and corruption
  • the Anti-Vietnam war movement
  • Glebe radical student houses
  • and much more

Panelists also shared their thoughts on social change today.

The Radical Glebe talk session reignited a few ‘radical fires’ in the audience as they took us back to the 1960s and 70s, sharing stories of their activism. There were some funny stories, but also a serious side when reflecting on the risks people exposed themselves to in those radical days.

The panel liked our gifts of coloured round glasses which fitted in with the hippy-style decorations, peace hand signs and the old protest posters on display.

Photos of the Event