Category Archives: 1900-1909

A Startling Incident! Miraculous Escape and Salvation of a Railway Guard

‘Five to ten drops of “Fishers Phospherine” in water after meals is the greatest aid to digestion known.’ Mr. George Bewley of “Trelawney” Erskineville was in a shocking state before consuming four bottles of Fisher’s Phospherine (and a bottle of Fisher’s … Continue reading

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Arnott’s Living Pictures – Alice May Edwards – 9 Lambert Street Erskineville

  The Arnott’s celebrates 150 years website describes the ‘Living Pictures’ advertising campaign as running from 1892 until the 1950s and as having involved tens of thousands of proud mums sending in testimonials with portraits and photographs of their well–fed babies. The lucky few would … Continue reading

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Aldermanic Dignity and Delinquent Municipal Furniture

This is wonderful. Evening News (Sydney) Tuesday, 27 October 1908  

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Nature’s Danger Signals – Mother Seigel’s Syrup

‘There is no form of indigestion or biliousness that will not yield to Mother Seigel’s Syrup.’ Mr. Thomas Butler of 41 Flora Street Erskineville suffered horribly from severe indigestion and stomach cramp before finding relief from a bottle of Mother … 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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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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Rich. Lennon’s Automatic Contrivance

The Sydney Science Festival runs from 13-23 August 2015 so it’s as good a reason as any to showcase the technological advancements coming out of Erskineville, in 1905. Struggling with his early morning fire-making responsibilities Rich. Lennon rigged an alarm clock … Continue reading

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Neighbours Astounded – Little Girl Wonderfully Restored to Health

Where to start? Up the up the hill to number 4 Charles Street Erskineville and the story of little May Allport:   Advertisement appearing in the The Argus (Melbourne) on 20th February 1914. The story of May Allport was repeated … Continue reading

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Macdonaldtown Bicycle Club – First annual meeting and opening run.

The 21st July 2015 marks 106 years since the first annual meeting of the Macdonaldtown Bicycle Club. Towards the bottom of page 16 of the Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 24th July 1909 a small notice appeared announcing the opening … Continue reading

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