This really is a shame

31 Jan

I know this place well. At one time I lived just around the corner from it. Later on, in the early 1990s, I took M there and he found it fascinating, like a quick trip back to China, indeed back to China’s past.

Fire investigators will work today to determine if arson caused a blaze at an historic temple in inner Sydney. At least one room and its contents were destroyed at the Sze Yup Chinese temple, in Edward Street, Glebe.

Residents living nearby the temple reported smoke billowing from the building just before 1am (AEDT) today. Crews rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze around 4.20am, a NSW Fire Brigades spokesman said.

The temple’s website states the site has been the “spiritual and cultural centre for Sydney’s Chinese community since 1898”.

The temple is also a focal point of Chinese New Year celebrations, to be held on February 7.


Tracking the Dragon – A guide for finding and assessing Chinese Australian heritage places.

Sydney Architecture: Glebe has some great photo essays about this interesting suburb.


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