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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. 9, Bent Street, Paddington
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Number – 9; Named Residents, 1890 – 1920

1890 - Reed, Joseph, stonemason

1890 Electoral Roll -

1891 - Reed, Joseph, stonemason

1891 Census - Reed, Joseph

M - 1

F - 3

1892 - Anderson, James

1893 - Smith, Frederick

1894 - Hawkins, Robert

1895 - Hawkins, Robert

1895 Electoral Roll - 980. Hawkins, Robert, photographer

1896 - Hawkins, Robert

1897 - Hawkins, Robert

1898 - Hawkins, Robert

1899 - Hawkins, Robert

1900 - Hawkins, Robert

1900 Electoral Roll -

1901 - Hawkins, Robert

1901 Census - Hawkins, Robert

M - 3

F - 1

1902 - Neeley, Herbert J

1903 - Burand, William

1903 Electoral Roll - 583. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 584. Connell, Jessie, home duties

1904 - Connell, Hugh

1905 - Connell, Hugh

1906 - Connell, Hugh

1906 Electoral Roll - 405. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 406. Connell, Jessie, home duties

1907 - Connell, Hugh

1908 - Connell, Hugh

1908 Electoral Roll - 419. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 420. Connell, Jessie, home duties

1909 - Connell, Hugh

1909 Electoral Roll - 418. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 419. Connell, Jessie, home duties

1910 - Connell, Hugh

1911 - Connell, Hugh

1912 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1913 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1913 Electoral Roll - 573. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 574. Connell, Jessie, home duties; 575. Connell, Jessie Elzabeth, saleswoman

1914 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1915 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1915 Electoral Roll - 437. Connell, Hugh, iron moulder; 438. Connell, Jessie, home duties; 575. Connell, Maggie Florence, saleswoman

1916 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1917 - Connell, Hugh, J.P.

1918 - Louden, Mrs Mary

1919 - Louden, Mrs Mary

1920 - Louden, Mrs Mary