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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. 47, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 47, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 43/47; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1890 Electoral Roll - 743. Booth, Thomas, freehold

1891 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1891 Census - Booth, Thomas

M - 6

F - 4

1892 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1893 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1894 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1895 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1895 Electoral Roll - 180. Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1896 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1897 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1898 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1899 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1900 - Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent

1900 Electoral Roll - 216. Booth, Thomas, Commission Agent; 217. Booth, Thomas William, carter

1901 - Booth, Thomas, Booth Brothers, fuel merchants

1901 Census - Booth, Thomas

M - 2

F - 1

1902 - Booth, Thomas, Booth Brothers, fuel merchants

1903 - Booth, Thomas

1903 Electoral Roll - 234. Booth, Alfred Percival, fuel merchant

1904 - Booth, Thomas

1905 - Booth, Thomas

1906 - Booth, Thomas

1906 Electoral Roll - 234. Booth, Alfred Percival, fuel merchant; 235. Booth, Annie, home duties

1907 - Booth, Alfred

1908 - Booth, Alfred

1908 Electoral Roll - 165. Booth, Alfred Percival, fuel merchant; 166. Booth, Annie, home duties

1909 - Booth, Alfred & Chippendall, Harry H, fuel mechant

1909 Electoral Roll - 143. Booth, Alfred Percival, fuel merchant; 144. Booth, Annie, home duties

1910 - Booth, Alfred

1911 - Booth, Alfred

1912 - Booth, Alfred

1913 - Booth, Alfred

1913 Electoral Roll - 221. Booth, Janet, home duties; 224. Booth, John Robert, carter

1914 - Booth, John Robert

1915 - Booth, John Robert

1915 Electoral Roll - 173. Booth, Janet, home duties; 174. Booth, John Robert, carter

1916 - Booth, John Robert

1917 - Booth, John Robert

1918 - Cupples, Alfred

1919 - Cupples, Alfred

1920 - Cupples, Alfred