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People and Places

Leichhardt Council acknowledges the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of the land we stand on today and we pay respect to their elders both past and present; as well as all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have made the Leichhardt Municipality their home. Prior to colonial settlement Aboriginal people lived around this area to gather food, provide shelter and to perform ceremonies consistent with linving in harmony with the land.

Learn about Leichhardt’s early colonial identities and historical people and places - such as Sir Walter Beames, Ludwig Leichhardt, John Piper, William Balmain, Garry Owen, John Young, George Johnston, Esther Abrahams, Issy Wyner, Nick Origlass, Tom Uren and many more. Delve into the social and cultural history of the Italians in Leichhardt, the wharfies and dockers of industrial Balmain, the local activists of the LGA and the gentry of old Annandale.


Walking Tours
Grab your hat, sunscreen and walking shoes and discover historical and architectural elements of Leichhardt and Balmain.
Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt
A brief biography of Ludwig Leichhardt.
Mayors and Aldermen
Elected representatives since 1859.