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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. 7, Bent Street, Paddington
No. 7, Bent Street, Paddington  
 

Number – 7; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Tiller, Charles, plasterer

1890 Electoral Roll - 5128. Lukins, Joseph, freehold

1891 - Powe, Madame, dressmaker & Powe, William, builder

1891 Census - Powe, William

M - 5

F - 3

1892 - Powe, Madame, dressmaker & Powe, William, builder

1893 - Hawkins, Robert

1894 - Chidzey WT, Builder

1895 - Chidzey WT, Builder

1895 Electoral Roll - 372. Chidnzey, William Thomas, builder; 373. Chidzey, William Edward, carpenter

1896 - Bell, John

1897 - Pierce, Thomas

1898 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1899 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1900 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1901 Census - Pierce, Miss Bridget

M - 2

F - 3

1902 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1903 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1903 Electoral Roll - 2394. Pierce, Bridget, home duties; 2396. Pierce, Sarah, saleswoman

1904 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1905 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1906 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1906 Electoral Roll - 1588. Pierce, Bridget, home duties; 1589. Pierce, Sarah, saleswoman

1907 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1908 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1908 Electoral Roll - 1738. Pierce, Bridget, home duties; 1740. Pierce, Sarah, saleswoman

1909 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1909 Electoral Roll - 1799. Pierce, Bridget, home duties; 1800. Pierce, Sarah, saleswoman

1910 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1911 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1912 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1913 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1913 Electoral Roll - 2378. Pierce, Bridget, home duties

1914 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1915 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1915 Electoral Roll - 1215. Lambert, Joseph, clerk & 1780. Pierce, Bridget, home duties; 1781. Pierce, Sarah, saleswoman

1916 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1917 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1918 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1919 - Pierce, Miss Bridget

1920 - Pierce, Miss Bridget