Remembering The Majestic

The Majestic Roller Rink, formerly a cinema known as The Odeon, in 1947. Photo Ted Hood, courtesy The State Library of NSW BY KALON HUETT With its strikingly symmetrical art deco facade, the former Majestic Roller Rink dominates the block of New Canterbury Road and overshadows its neighbours in both size and splendour. If Petersham […]


Swept off their feet

The magic of dance … love blossomed on the dance floor.   BY KATHLEEN DALY  Love blossomed on the dance floor at Petersham’s Town Hall in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. But ballroom dancing – and love – weren’t new to the auditorium. My own parents met there in 1953 and sparks flew. And […]


Faces in the Street

Gary Mudler, one of the faces of Petersham. Photo: Millie Dondas   BY TROY WALSH Then, flowing past my window, like a tide in its retreat … … But, Ah! to dreader things than these our fair young city comes – Taken from ‘Faces in the Street’ by Henry Lawson The aubergine and green-coloured minimalist […]


After the fall: Andrew and Tamara

Andrew Garland, 28, is a media student at Petersham TAFE.  Tamara Black, 21, studies Sport Science at the University of Western Sydney. The two had been together for two years when Andrew had a near-fatal motorcycle crash in November 2010. INTERVIEWS BY ANDREW GARLAND. Andrew: “To those in the know, there is very little in life […]

Multimedia Photos

Gallery: Streets of Petersham

ANZAC gates, Petersham Park. Photo: Tina Zunic   Petersham, in Sydney’s inner west, is the HQ of The West Street Journal. The slideshow below is the beginning of a work in progress – to document Petersham’s people and its streetscapes. All photography by students enrolled in the Diploma of Communications at Petersham TAFE.