Thomas Portley Reserve is located at 64–66 Bellevue Street, Glebe, on the corner of Cardigan Street.
This site was previously occupied by a house that was built in around 1898. The house was demolished in the early 1960s. It was proposed to build a 2-storey flat building, but instead council resumed the site.
When the park was opened in 1966 it was named after Tom Portley. He had devoted a considerable amount of his time and effort to ‘works of a charitable nature’ in the district.