Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bill Murrell – The Tattooed Man of Erskineville

A man covered in tattoos makes headlines! You would be hard-pressed to find someone living in Erskineville these days without a tattoo – but in 1949 Bill Murrell’s unique tattoos were reported far and wide. Perhaps Bill’s tattoos from Europe, England … Continue reading

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The Staying Powers of Men – Macdonaldtown Park 50yd Race

Good grief. Who knows how it came to this. Now some blokes have been known to overstate their athletic abilities, but I reckon that if you weighed 17st. (108kg) you’d have realised a running race probably wasn’t worth staking your … Continue reading

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‘Glenbrook’ 6 Union Street: A Miracle of Miracles – An Erskineville Sensation

‘Glenbrook’ (6 Union Street Erskineville) is located on the eastern side of Union street, not far from the intersection of Union Street and Erskineville Road. The following advertorial for ‘Gould’s Tiny Tonic Pills’ brings to us the story of Mrs. Messer and … Continue reading

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Azalea Cottage – 26 Rochford Street Erskineville

Azalea Cottage (26 Rochford Street) is located on the eastern side of Rochford Street (known as Toogood Street prior to 1910). References to Azalea Cottage  appear in newspapers from 1882 onwards: Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 23 May 1882 Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, … Continue reading

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