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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. 15, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 15, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 15; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Lukins, Joseph, builder

1890 Electoral Roll - See 7 Bent St. for Lukins

1891 - Lukins Joseph, builder

1891 Census - Lukins, Joseph

M - 2

F - 2

1892 -

1893 - Brown, George

1894 - Brown, George

1895 - Brown, George

1895 Electoral Roll -

1896 - Brown, George

1897 - Brown, George

1898 - Brown, George

1899 - Brown, George

1900 - Brown, George

1900 Electoral Roll - 287. Brown, George, police detective

1901 - Brown, George

1901 Census - Brown, George

M - 3

F - 2

1902 - Brown, George

1903 - Hines, Charles H

1903 Electoral Roll - 317. Brown, Annie, home duties; 325. Brown, John, agent [see also 5 Bent St]

1904 - Brown, John

1905 - Brown, John

1906 - Brown, John

1906 Electoral Roll - 211. Brown, Annie, home duties; 222. Brown, John, agent

1907 - Brown John

1908 - Kain, Terence, constable

1908 Electoral Roll - 1128. Kain, Elizabeth, home duties; 1129. Kain, Terence Joseph, constable

1909 - Kain, Terence, constable

1909 Electoral Roll - 1199. Kain, Elizabeth, home duties; 1200. Kain, Terence Joseph, constable; 1201. Kain, Thomas, labourer

1910 - Kain, Terence, constable

1911 - Kain, Terence, constable

1912 - Kain, Terence, constable

1913 - Kain, Terence, constable

1913 Electoral Roll - 1537. Kain, Elizabeth, home duties; 1538. Kain, Terence Joseph, constable

1914 - Kain, Terence, constable

1915 - Kain, Terence, constable

1915 Electoral Roll - 1150. Kain, Elizabeth, home duties; 1151. Kain, Terence Joseph, constable

1916 - Kain, Terence, constable

1917 - Kain, Terence, constable

1918 - Kain, Terence, constable

1919 - Kain, Terence, constable

1920 - Kain, Terence, constable