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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. 6, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 6, Bent Street, Paddington 
 

Number – 8/6 "Oakleigh"; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Molloy, Mary Ann

1890 Electoral Roll -

1891 - Molloy, Mary Ann

1891 Census - Molloy, Mary Ann

M - 1

F - 3

1892 - Molloy, Mrs Mary Ann

1893 - Delaney, WH

1894 - Ford, Michael

1895 - Young, Robert

1895 Electoral Roll - 742. Ford, Michael, engineer

1896 - Laseron, Mrs FE

1897 - Jakins, Robert

1898 - Jakins, Robert

1899 -

1900 - Young, Edward

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - Young, Edward

1901 Census - Young, Edward

M - 2

F - 5

1902 - Young, Edward

1903 - Young, Edward

1903 Electoral Roll - 1851. McDonald, Margaret, home duties

1904 - McDonald, Patrick

1905 -

1906 -

1906 Electoral Roll - 840. Hains, Hyam, auctioneer

1907 - Hains, Hyam

1908 - Hains, Hyam

1908 Electoral Roll -

1909 - Garty, Heber

1909 Electoral Roll - 823. Garty, Charlotte Elizabeth, home duties; 824. Garty Heber Ethernsay, cabinet maker

1910 - Garty, Heber

1911 - Garty, Heber

1912 - Garty, Heber

1913 - Garty, Heber

1913 Electoral Roll - 1059. Garty, Charlotte Elizabeth, home duties; 1060. Garty Heber Ethernsay, cabinet maker

1914 - Garty, Heber

1915 - Garty, Heber

1915 Electoral Roll - 739. Fletcher, Isabella, home duties & 799. Garty, Charlotte Elizabeth, home duties; 800. Garty Heber Ethernsay, cabinet maker & 1978. Sigmont, Fanny, home duties

1916 - Garty, Heber

1917 - Garty, Heber

1918 -

1919 - Blackwell, Miss Eva

1920 - Blackwell, Miss Eva