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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. 21, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 21, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 21 "Chiltern"; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Foskett, William

1890 Electoral Roll - 2941. Foskett, William, freehold

1891 - Foskett, William

1891 Census - Foskett, William

M - 3

F - 6

1892 - Foskett, William

1893 - Foskett, William

1894 - Foskett, William

1895 - Foskett, William

1895 Electoral Roll - 752. Foskett, William, clerk, Stamp Office

1896 - Foskett, William

1897 - Foskett, William

1898 - Foskett, William

1899 - Foskett, William

1900 - Foskett, William

1900 Electoral Roll - 905. Foskett, Henry Arthur, clerk; 906. Foskett, William, clerk, Stamp Office

1901 - Foskett, William

1901 Census - Foskett, William

M - 3

F - 3

1902 - Foskett, William

1903 - Foskett, William

1903 Electoral Roll - 1007. Foskett, Annie Margaret, home duties; 1008. Foskett, Edith Sarah, home duties; 1009. Foskett, Ida Beatrice, home duties; 1010. Foskett, William, Stamp Office clerk; 1011. Foskett, William Edward, clerk

1904 -

1905 - Parkes, Harry

1906 - Wilson, James

1906 Electoral Roll -

1907 - Wilson, Mrs L

1908 - Cotter, William

1908 Electoral Roll - 597. Doyle, Catherine Cecelia, home duties; 599. Doyle, Cecil Claude, cabinetmaker; 608. Doyle, Victor Vivian, hairdresser

1909 - Doyle, Mrs C

1909 Electoral Roll -

1910 - Doyle, Mrs C

1911 - Zarbane, Milton

1912 - Zarbane, Milton

1913 - Zarbane, Milton

1913 Electoral Roll -

1914 - Zarbane, Milton

1915 - Zarbane, Milton

1915 Electoral Roll - 2116. Sullivan, Eustella, factory hand

1916 - Zarbane, Milton

1917 - Zarbane, Milton

1918 - Zarbane, Milton

1919 - Zarbane, Milton

1920 - Zarbane, Milton