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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. 37, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 37, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 33/37; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Ellis, John, grocer

1890 Electoral Roll - 2598. Ellis, John, freehold

1891 - Ellis, John, grocer

1891 Census - Ellis, John

M - 2

F - 1

1892 - Ellis, John, grocer

1893 - Ellis, John, grocer

1894 - Ellis, John, grocer

1895 - Ellis, John, grocer

1895 Electoral Roll - 649. Ellis, John, grocer & 1134. Jackson, John, salesman

1896 - Ellis, John, grocer

1897 -

1898 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1899 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1900 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1901 Census - McCarthy, John

M - 4

F - 2

1902 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1903 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1903 Electoral Roll - 1833. McCarthy, Bertha, home duties; 1837. McCarthy, John, soldier

1904 - McCarthy, John, Sergeant

1905 - Alvarez, Mrs Sarah & Mountford, Beaumont

1906 - Alvarez, Mrs Sarah & McColl, John

1906 Electoral Roll - 1277. McColl, Alexander, clerk; 1278. McColl, Grace Isabella, dressmaker; 1279. McColl, Isabella, home duties; 1280. McColl, John, police pensioner

1907 - McColl, John

1908 - McColl, John

1908 Electoral Roll - 1312. McColl, Alexander, clerk; 1313. McColl, Grace Isabella, dressmaker; 1314. McColl, Isabella, home duties; 1315. McColl, John, police pensioner

1909 - McColl, John

1909 Electoral Roll - 1386. McColl, Alexander, clerk; 1387. McColl, Grace Isabella, dressmaker; 1388. McColl, Isabella, home duties; 1389. McColl, John, police pensioner

1910 - McColl, John

1911 - McColl, John

1912 - McColl, John

1913 - McColl, John

1913 Electoral Roll - 1787. McColl, Alexander, clerk; 1788. McColl, Grace Isabella, dressmaker; 1789. McColl, Isabella, home duties; 1790. McColl, John, police pensioner; 1791. McColl, Willaim Norman, reader

1914 - McColl, John

1915 - McColl, John

1915 Electoral Roll - 1308. McCabe, Eliza, home duties; 1309. McCabe, Sarah, cashier; & McCall, Donald, clerk & 1787. McColl, Alexander, clerk; 1333. McColl, Isabella, home duties; 1334. McColl, John, police pensioner; 1335. McColl, Willaim Norman, reader

1916 - McColl, John

1917 - McColl, John

1918 - McColl, Mrs Isabella

1919 - McColl, Mrs Isabella

1920 - McColl, Mrs Isabella