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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. 2, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 2, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 2; Named Residents, 1890 - 1920

1890 - Pritchard, George

1890 Electoral Roll -

1891 - Mercer, Thomas, carpenter

1891 Census - Mercer, Thomas

M - 5

F - 2

1892 - Mercer, Thomas, carpenter & Mercer, Thomas, senior

1893 - Mercer Thomas, carpenter & Mercer, Thomas senior

1894 - Mercer, Thomas, carpenter & Wilson, Thomas

1895 - Booth, Arthur

1895 Electoral Roll - 178. Booth, Arthur, carter

1896 - Booth, Arthur

1897 - Booth, Mrs A

1898 - Tatham Reuben

1899 - Mullen, Peter

1900 - Craig, John

1900 Electoral Roll - 551. Craig, John, plumber

1901 - Craig, John

1901 Census - Craig, John

M - 2

F - 1

1902 - Cadden, Miss E

1903 -

1903 Electoral Roll - 1905. Spain, Catherine, domestic duties; 1906. Spain, William, drainer

1904 -

1905 - Spain, William

1906 - Spain, William

1906 Electoral Roll - 1905. Spain, Catherine, domestic duties; 1906. Spain, William, drainer

1907 - Spain, William

1908 - Spain, William

1908 Electoral Roll - 678. Face, Mary Ann, home duties; 679. Face, Reginald George, seaman

1909 -

1909 Electoral Roll - 899. Greer, Minnie, home duties; 900. Greer, Samuel John, coachbuilder

1910 - Face, Reginald

1911 - Aldridge, Bert Cecil

1912 - Aldridge, Bert Cecil

1913 - Aldridge, Bert Cecil

1913 Electoral Roll - 19. Aldridge, Beatrice Ethel, home duties; 20. Aldridge, Bertie Cecil, carter

1914 - Aldridge, Bert Cecil

1915 - Aldridge, Bert Cecil

1915 Electoral Roll -

1916 - McDonald, William

1917 - McDonald, William

1918 - Morrow, Thomas

1919 - Morrow, Thomas

1920 - Morrow, Thomas