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Bent Street, Paddington
Bent Street, Paddington

Bent Street, Paddington, is one of the most curious streets in Sydney history. Although having only 32 houses in the street by 1920, this small street contained a cross section of Australian life during the time examined, from 1890 to 1920. The street contained shops, a coal depot, magistrates, landlords, labourers, miners, tenants, and all the other groups of people that inhabited the streets. In it also resided the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister, John Christian Watson.

The street came into prominence when an article appeared in the Sydney Mail, 9 August 1916, p.12. It was inspired by the local ALP M.L.A., Mr. Osborne, who collected 29 portraits of soldiers from Bent and sent them Sydney Mail.

The album describes the named inhabitants of each house over the period from 1890 to 1920. In addition, the 29 pictures are named with a brief military biography attached to them. Where ever possible, they are located at the house in which the person lived.

The street numbering created a great deal of confusion amongst the information collectors. Where a dual number appears, this was the result of number confusion. For example, there never was No. 6 Bent Street but this did not prevent people from describing No. 8 as No. 6. In addition to that, in 1900, houses were built at numbers 23, 25, and 27. However No. 27 was further subdivided into three houses named "Osraston", "Matlock", and "Chellaston". This created its own confusion until the numbers were corrected in 1919. So the houses from 29 onwards have two numbers, the pre and post 1919 house number.

A full listing of the Bent Street Album may be found at:

Bent Street, Paddington Album Contents

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No. 11, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 11, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 11; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1890 Electoral Roll - 1589. Clemens, Peter, freeholder

1891 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1891 Census - Clemens, Peter

M - 3

F - 2

1892 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1893 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1894 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1895 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1895 Electoral Roll - 390. Clemens, Peter, stonemason; 391. Clemens, William, plumber

1896 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1897 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1898 - Clemens, Peter, stonemason

1899 - Clemens, Peter & Clemens, WH

1900 - Clemens, WH

1900 Electoral Roll - 472. Clemens Peter, stonemason; 473. Clemens, William, plumber; 474. Clemens, Herbert William, plumber

1901 - Clemens, WH

1901 Census - Clemens, E

M -

F - 3

1902 - Smith, Frederick

1903 - Smith, Frederick

1903 Electoral Roll - 2824. Smith, Flora, home duties; 2827. Smith, Frederick, missionary & 2940 Stephenson, Francis Emily, home duties

1904 - Stephenson, Raymond

1905 - Hawkins, Robert

1906 - Hawkins, Robert

1906 Electoral Roll - 912. Hawkins, Mary, home duties; 913. Hawkins, Robert, photographer

1907 - Hawkins, Robert

1908 - Hawkins, Robert

1908 Electoral Roll - 948. Hawkins, Mary, home duties; 949. Hawkins, Robert, photographer

1909 - Hawkins, Robert

1909 Electoral Roll - 995. Hawkins, Horace, machinist; 996. Hawkins, Mary, home duties

1910 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1911 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1912 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1913 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1913 Electoral Roll - 1310. Hawkins, Horace Lindley Vincent, letterpress machinist; 1311. Hawkins, Mary, home duties

1914 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1915 - Hawkins, Mrs Mary

1915 Electoral Roll - 116. Beddie, Charles McMillan, carpenter & 1310. Hawkins, Albert Lindley, railway officical; 1311. Hawkins, Mary Ellen, letterpress machinist & Reid, Albert Nelson, carpenter

1916 - Hawkins, Mrs. Mary

1917 - Hawkins, Mrs. Mary

1918 - Hawkins, Mrs. Mary

1919 - Lillye, Albert

1920 - Lillye, Albert