Small local parks with basic play equipment became the norm for the huge number of children born in the large families that were common until World War II.
Return to Cardigan Street and turn right. The terraces in this block were used as the home of Josephine in the 2000 film Looking for Alibrandi based on the novel by Melina Marchetta.
Opposite is the Thomas Portley Reserve, created by the City Council in 1966 from a lot previously occupied by a terrace. Thomas was ‘a well known and highly respected resident of the Glebe district for fifty years who devoted a considerable amount of his time and effort to works of a charitable nature.’
Continue downhill to Bellevue Street for views over the low stone wall of Wentworth Park, the Pyrmont ridge and the Ultimo Woolstores.