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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. 19, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 19, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 19; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Proud, Thomas, builder

1890 Electoral Roll - 6935. Proud, Thomas, freehold

1891 - Proud, Thomas, builder

1891 Census - Proud, John Thomas

M - 6

F - 3

1892 - Proud, Thomas, builder

1893 - Proud, Thomas, builder

1894 - Proud, Thomas, builder

1895 -

1895 Electoral Roll - 1787. Proud, Thomas, builder; 1788. Proud, William James, collector

1896 -

1897 - Smith, Frederick

1898 - Smith, Frederick

1899 - Callaway, Richard

1900 - Fairclough, Charles

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - Fairclough, Charles

1901 Census - Bennetts, James

M - 7

F - 3

1902 - Harrison, Charles

1903 - Harrison, Charles

1903 Electoral Roll - 1280. Harrison, Charles, labourer; 1281. Harrison, Sarah Elizabeth, home duties

1904 - Harrison, Charles

1905 -

1906 -

1906 Electoral Roll - 740. Gilkerson, Emma, home duties; 741. Gilkerson, John Campbell, clerk

1907 - Gilkerson, John C.

1908 - Gilkerson, John C.

1908 Electoral Roll - 808. Gilkerson, Emma, home duties; 809. Gilkerson, John Campbell, clerk

1909 - Gilkerson, John C.

1909 Electoral Roll - 844. Gilkerson, Emma, home duties; 845. Gilkerson, John Campbell, clerk & 2129. Stack, Sarah, packer

1910 - Gilkerson, John C.

1911 - Gilkerson, John C.

1912 - Gilkerson, John C.

1913 - Gilkerson, John C.

1913 Electoral Roll - 1107. Gilkerson, Emma Florence, home duties; 1108. Gilkerson, John Campbell, clerk

1914 - Gilkerson, John C.

1915 - Gilkerson, John C.

1915 Electoral Roll - 837. Gilkerson, Emma Florence, home duties; 838. Gilkerson, Gladys Kate, home duties; 839. Gilkerson, John Campbell, clerk

1916 - Gilkerson, John C.

1917 - Gilkerson, John C.

1918 - Gilkerson, John C.

1919 - Peters, Frederick

1920 - Peters, Frederick