Central Park Sydney Carlton United Brewery Gates: is a major mixed-use urban renewal project in Sydney, Australia located on Broadway in the suburb of Chippendale.
For many people, life at Tooth and Co and life in Chippendale were synonymous and it was not unusual for several generations of the one family to work at the brewery. The brewery was where most of the resident workers did their socialising, through clubs such as athletics, bridge, debating, swimming, table tennis, drama and chess.The booze-fuelled staff Christmas parties were legendary, as were the big family picnic days down at Bondi, where the children were given free ice-cream, chips and drinks.
Prior to 1980 there were 1000 personnel at the brewery including lab staff, engineers, plumbers, fitters and turners, coppersmiths, blacksmiths, coopers, trades assistants, storemen, drivers and security. No doubt many of them spent their day in a blurry stupor, as drinking on the job was positively encouraged. Each worker was entitled to three schooners a day, but many abused the system and managed to down closer to a dozen.For much of the 20th century, Chippendale was one of Sydney’s ‘no-go’ zones, an area where prostitution, hard drinking, and crime were rife. One of the most notorious incidents was to take place in 1981 when Warren Lanfranchi, a young, handsome heroin dealer, arranged a meeting with detective sergeant Roger Rogerson. The pair met in Dangar Place where Rogerson shot Lanfranchi dead, claiming that the criminal had drawn his weapon first. A cross, etched into the sandstone gutter, still shows the place where Lanfranchi fell.