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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. 39, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 39, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 35/39; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - McNeilly, Robert T, accountant

1890 Electoral Roll -

1891 - McNeilly, Robert T, accountant

1891 Census - Uninhabited

M -

F -

1892 - Roulston, Harvey, compositor

1893 - Roulston, Harvey, compositor

1894 - Oakden, John

1895 - Oakden, John

1895 Electoral Roll - 1260. Lands, Richard, Independent means

1896 - Oakden, John

1897 - Oakden, John

1898 - Oakden, John

1899 - Oakden, John

1900 - Oakden, John

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - Cunningham, Mrs E

1901 Census - Morris, Richard

M - 4

F - 4

1902 - Morris, Richard

1903 - Reece, James

1903 Electoral Roll - 2500. Reece, Mary, music teacher; 2501. Reece, Oliver, draftsman

1904 - Reece, James

1905 - Reece, James

1906 - Reece, James

1906 Electoral Roll - 1667. Reece, Angelo, traveller; 1668. Reece, Garnet, salesman; 1669. Reece, Mary, music teacher

1907 - Reece, James

1908 - Reece, James

1908 Electoral Roll - 143. Blackmore, Mary Ann, home duties; 144. Blackmore, Thomas Lane, accountant & Macarthur, Donald, stock engineer; 1396. Macarthur, Laura, home duties; 1397. Macarthur, Peter Malcolm, carter

1909 - McCarthy, Mrs Laura

1909 Electoral Roll -

1910 - McCarthy, Mrs Laura

1911 - McKewen, Timothy

1912 - McKewen, Timothy

1913 - McKewen, Timothy

1913 Electoral Roll - 1882. McKewen, Ellen, home duties; 1883. McKewen, Frank Vincent, draper; 1884. McKewen, Timothy, soldier

1914 - McKewen, Timothy

1915 - McKewen, Timothy

1915 Electoral Roll - 76. Barber, Mary Ann Ogilvey, home duties & 1405. McKewen, Ellen, home duties; 1406. McKewen, Frank Vincent, draper; 1407. McKewen, Timothy, soldier

1916 - McKewen, Timothy

1917 - McKewen, Timothy

1918 - McKewen, Timothy

1919 - McKewen, Timothy

1920 - McKewen, Timothy