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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. 29, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 29, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 29 "Matlock"; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 -

1890 Electoral Roll -

1891 -

1891 Census -

M -

F -

1892 -

1893 -

1894 -

1895 -

1895 Electoral Roll -

1896 -

1897 -

1898 -

1899 -

1900 -

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 -

1901 Census - Eisenstaedler, Lionel Denis & Eisenstaedler, Anna Bel

M - 1

F - 2

1902 - Eisenstaedler, Lionel Denis

1903 - Reeve, William AY

1903 Electoral Roll -

1904 - Shaw, John H

1905 - Mortimer, Mrs EM

1906 - Nicholas, Charles

1906 Electoral Roll -

1907 -

1908 - Armstrong, John

1908 Electoral Roll - 616. Duncan, May, nurse & 938. Harris, Annie Mary, home duties; 1023. Hodges, Mary, home duties; Hodges, William John, agent

1909 - Armstrong, John

1909 Electoral Roll - 1063. Hodges, Mary, home duties; 1065. Hodges, William John, agent

1910 - Hodges, William John

1911 - Hodges, William John

1912 - Hodges, William John

1913 - Hodges, William John

1913 Electoral Roll - 1381. Hodges, Georgina May, home duties; 1382. Hodges, Lillian May, dressmaker; 1383. Hodges, William John, agent

1914 - Hodges, William John

1915 - Hodges, William John

1915 Electoral Roll - 1032. Hodges, Georgina May, home duties; 1033. Hodges, William John, agent & 2266. Waterson, William Henry, seaman

1916 - Hodges, William John

1917 - Hodges, William John

1918 - Hodges, William John

1919 - Hodges, William John

1920 - Hodges, William John