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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. 33,
No. 33, "Glammis House'' Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 29/33 "Glammis'' residential chambers; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Brady, Arthur J, solicitor

1890 Electoral Roll - 848. Brady, Arthur J, freehold

1891 - Brady, Arthur J, solicitor

1891 Census - Brady, Arthur J

M - 1

F - 3

1892 - Brady, Arthur J, solicitor

1893 - Brady, Arthur J, solicitor

1894 - Brady, Arthur J, solicitor

1895 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1895 Electoral Roll - 813. Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1896 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1897 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1898 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1899 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1900 - Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1900 Electoral Roll - 984. Giles, James, Stipendiary Magistrate

1901 - Giles, James, JP

1901 Census - Giles, James

M - 1

F - 2

1902 - Giles, James, JP

1903 - Giles, James, JP

1903 Electoral Roll - 1110. Giles, Edith, home duties; 1111. Giles, James, independent means

1904 - Giles, James, JP

1905 - Giles, James, JP

1906 - Giles, James, JP

1906 Electoral Roll - 738. Giles, Edith, home duties; 739. Giles, James, independent means

1907 - Giles, James, JP

1908 - Giles, James, JP

1908 Electoral Roll -

1909 - Titcume, Miss Phoebe, nurse & Hodges, William

1909 Electoral Roll - 2030. Schmidt, Isobel, nurse; 2280. Titcume, Phoebe, nurse

1910 - Titcume, Miss Phoebe, nurse

1911 - Heath, Miss Ada

1912 - Heath, Miss Ada

1913 - Heath, Miss Ada

1913 Electoral Roll - 1341. Heath, Ada Amelia, nurse [recorded at 40 Bent St]

1914 - Woollett, Mrs. A

1915 - Woollett, Mrs. A

1915 Electoral Roll - 1215. Lambert, Archibald, painter

1916 - Heath, Miss Ada

1917 - Heath, Miss Ada

1918 - Heath, Miss Ada

1919 - Heath, Miss Ada

1920 - Spong, William J & Pearson, Madame LA, Teacher of Music