Let’s do the time warp 90s Newtown style

Let’s do the time warp 90s Newtown style

Goths, vinyl records and King of Yeeros kebabs are all part of a step back in time to the 1990s unique walking tour of Newtown, when the colourful suburb was the centre of Sydney’s emerging alternative culture.

Hosted by writer Vanessa Berry, the Ninety9 and 1990s Walking Tour, on Saturday 19 October is a nostalgic trip down and around King Street, taking Sydneysiders back to the sights and sounds of the millennium’s end in Newtown.

The three-hour tour, supported by the City of Sydney, will start at Newtown Library and move towards Newtown train station, then stop at historic sites like the former Burland Community Hall and late-night kebab shop King of Yeeros, with stories from the 90s to accompany each site.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the tour, part of the City of Sydney’s unique libraries program, was perfect for people interested in the history of Newtown – or for locals simply wanting to reminisce about their experiences.

“The 1990s was a memorable time where music, arts, and grassroots youth culture flourished, and Newtown was the heart of the late-night scene,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Newtown has gone through many changes over the years – buildings refurbished, old haunts turned into new attractions – and this tour will provide an excellent link between past and present Newtown.”

Vanessa Berry King Street 2013
Vanessa Berry King Street 2013

Vanessa Berry, author and illustrator of memoir, Ninety9, said she was inspired to hold the tour while writing her book and reflecting on her teenage years in Newtown.

“Newtown was an important place for me as it felt like the centre of the world I so much wanted to be part of. It was a centre of alternative culture in Sydney,” Ms Berry said.

“Walking down King Street was an important ritual for me as a teenager, as much for people watching as for visiting the stores. I still regularly visit King Street and often try and remember what used to be in particular stores – almost all of them have changed since the 90s.

“I’m hoping the tour will be a fun journey back in time for people who knew Newtown in the 1990s, and interesting for those who were around at the time. I’ve found that people have fond memories of it, and I’m looking forward to hearing some of them.”


Ninety9 and 1990s Walking Tour of Newtown
Saturday October 19, 1pm–3pm, Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown.
Join author Vanessa Berry as she takes you on a journey back in time to the 1990s.
For ages 16 and up.
Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or coslibrary.eventbrite.com.au

King Street Newtown, LP front garden MUST CREDIT Courtesy of Vanessa Berry
King Street Newtown, LP front garden MUST CREDIT Courtesy of Vanessa Berry

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