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The mural in Wimbo Park is dedicated to long time residents of Surry Hills.  The mosaic mural is made from opaque glass of various colours depicting the history of the Wimbo Park in which is it located. The mosaic pieces are embedded into a concrete wall. The mural was coordinated by local community artist Peter Day, in collaboration with Lee Stafford and local residents of Surry Hills.

The mural was originally installed in 1985, and re-instated in 1993 after developers Meriton Apartments illegally removed it in 1992. Wimbo Park is on Bourke Street, opposite Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. 

The mural depicts the history and memories of Wimbo Park, which was known as ‘Wimbo Paddock’ prior to becoming a stone yard. It shows people participating in recreational activities including men playing marbles, a carnival with a carousel, a tight-rope walker and a hot air balloon launching.

The hot air balloon is based on the memories of a local resident, Mr Ted Sykes, who remembered the area as a site for circuses and hot air ballooning.


Address:Bourke Street, Wimbo Park, Surry Hills, 2010
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.889739
Long: 151.215235
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:Landscape
Monument Designer:Peter Day


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The Council of the City of Sydney

The Wimbo Paddock Mural
This mural depicts the history of this park. Seventy years ago this   place was called Wimbo Paddock and was a recreational area.  Some of the activities which took place here in those days are depicted: men playing marbles, a carnival with a carousel, a razzle- / dazzle, Blondin the tight / rope walker and Captain Penfold taking off in his hot air balloon. As the general area became developed this site was used as a stone-masons’ workshop by the Sydney City Council. Now it is once  again used for recreation.
The mural is dedicated to the long term residents of Surry Hills  It was made by local residents and co-ordinated by community artist  Peter Day under the sponsorship of the Sydney City Council.
L.P. Carter O.B.E. Town Clerk.

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