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Thread #113225   Message #2407218
Posted By: Bob Bolton
06-Aug-08 - 10:15 PM
Thread Name: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
Subject: RE: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
G'day Bruce,

Actually, if you read my posting, the 1936 Gregory's says the street is in Newtown ... whereas the current directories make the street as being in Erskineville. Either way, the houses on the western side are in Newtown ... and those on the eastern side are in Erskineville!


Dad always kept his first street directory (it's neatly tucked into a WW2 canvas document cover) and frequently compared the street layouts of the 1930s with the changes over succeeding years. It's quite useful in identifying / dating old photos ... and I did consult it to sort out dating / location of a photo for Sandra recently.

I have also used older (sequential series of ) Sydney maps to date some 19th century images in the photographic archives I administer here at EnergyAustralia! A view, taken from the Sydney Town Hall's tower looks across Darling harbour. I found an 1875 map which had an undeveloped area on the edge of Darling Harbour ... and the 1880 map showed a road which was on the print ... thus dating it at 1878 2 years.

I haven't heard Alistair Hulett's song ... so I can't tell which side of Union Street!