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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. 13, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 13, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 13; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

- 13

1890 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1890 Electoral Roll - 4416. Johns, Nicholas, freehold

1891 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1891 Census - Johns, Nicholas; Tapp, Ernest H

M - 6

F - 2

1892 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1893 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1894 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1895 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1895 Electoral Roll - 1150. Johns, Nicholas, slater

1896 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1897 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1898 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1899 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1900 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1900 Electoral Roll - 1416. Johns, Nicholas, slater; 1417. Johns, Sydney Richard, grocer

1901 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1901 Census - Johns, Nicholas

M - 5

F - 2

1902 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1903 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1903 Electoral Roll - 1536. Johns, Anna, home duties; 1537. Johns, Nicoholas, slater; 1538. Johns, Stanley, plumber; 1539. Johns, Wesley, carpenter; 1540. Johns, William Earnest, warehouseman

1904 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1905 - Johns, Nicholas, slater

1906 -

1906 Electoral Roll - 1214. Levinson, Mary Ann, home duties

1907 - Levinson, Mrs MA

1908 - Levinson, Mrs MA

1908 Electoral Roll - 1320. McDonald, Amy, home duties

1909 -

1909 Electoral Roll - 384. Colbourne, Robert Henry, soldier; 385 Colbourne, Victoria Maud, home duties

1910 - Colbourne, Robert H

1911 - Colbourne, Robert H

1912 - Cohen, John

1913 - Cohen, John

1913 Electoral Roll - 525. Cohen, John, cabinet maker; 527. Cohen, Lewis, tailor; 528. Cohen, Rachael, home duties

1914 - Cohen, John

1915 - Cohen, John

1915 Electoral Roll -

1916 - Fletcher Mrs Isabella

1917 - Lillye, Albert

1918 - Lillye, Albert

1919 -

1920 -