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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. 4, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 4, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 4; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Blow, Mary Ann

1890 Electoral Roll - Peters, William J, householder

1891 - Blow, Mary Ann

1891 Census - Blow, Mary Ann

M - 4

F - 1

1892 - Blow, Mrs Mary Ann

1893 - Blow, Mrs Mary Ann

1894 - Gough, John, miner

1895 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, Joseph

1895 Electoral Roll - 167. Blow, Joseph, carrier

1896 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, Joseph

1897 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, Joseph

1898 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1899 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1900 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1900 Electoral Roll - 205. Blow, James, diver; 167. Blow, Joseph, carrier

1901 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1901 Census - Gough, John

M - 6

F - 2

1902 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1903 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1903 Electoral Roll - 1171. Gough, Bessie, home duties; 1172. Gough, John, miner - 206. Blow, James, carter; 206. Blow, Percy John, carter

1904 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1905 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1906 - Gough, John, miner - Blow, James

1906 Electoral Roll - 797. Gough, Bessie, home duties; 798. Gough, John, miner - 137. Blow, Bessie, home duties; 138. Blow, John Norman, carter; 1396. Blow, Percy John, carter

1907 - Gough, John miner

1908 - Gough, John miner

1908 Electoral Roll - 843. Gough, Bessie, home duties

1909 - Gough, John miner

1909 Electoral Roll - 843. Gough, Bessie, home duties

1910 - Gough, John miner

1911 - Gough, John miner

1912 - Gough, John miner

1913 - Bruce, Frederick & Langtry, Henry

1913 Electoral Roll - 1155. Gough, Elizabeth Mary, home duties; 1136. Gough, George Francis, independent means; 1138. Gough, Ida Mary, music teacher; 1159. Gough, John Joseph, engine driver

1914 - Langtry, Henry

1915 - Price, Mrs Mary

1915 Electoral Roll - 71. Banfield, Annie Maria, home duties & 2311. Whitaker, John, labourer

1916 - Banfield, Miss Annie

1917 - Banfield, Miss Annie

1918 - Banfield, Miss Annie

1919 - Banfield, Miss Annie

1920 - Banfield, Miss Annie