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A Tour of Macdonaldtown (Erskineville) in 1882

In 1882 a series of articles appeared in Sydney’s Evening News describing several municipalities and boroughs on the outskirts of the city of Sydney. Over many weeks between July and September 1882 the boroughs and municipalities of Paddington, Waverly, Randwick, … Continue reading

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Larrikin Disturbance at Erskineville – the Macdonaldtown Push

 ‘A rowdy gang meet their match’ Erskineville, May 1898: The lower part of Erskineville, formerly known as Macdonaldtown, has long been troubled by a gang of larrikins known as the “Macdonaldtown Push,” says the Sydney Daily Telegraph of the 17th … Continue reading

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Chasing the Fox: Sly grog in 1930s Erskineville and Alexandria

On Saturday 8 October 2016 City of Sydney Historian, Dr Lisa Murray will present ‘Chasing the Fox: Sly grog in 1930s Erskineville and Alexandria’ at 2.00pm, following the City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) Annual General Meeting at 1.30pm at the … Continue reading

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Erskineville: Our Neighbourhood – Saturday 3 September 2016

A celebration of Erskineville to kick off History Week on Saturday 3 September 2016 from 10:00am. There will be kids activities, history tours and talks, film screenings, great food, a display of Erskineville history and much more.

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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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Mrs. Sophia Huxley – the hundredweight hoisting 90 year old

They don’t make them like this anymore. Back in 1935 stories appeared along the east coast of Australia from Hobart to Cairns, in tribute to the strength and longevity of Mrs. Sophia Huxley. Hailing from Condobolin and born in 1845, … Continue reading

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A Sydney Housewife’s Dreadful Bilious Bouts

‘Could not keep food on her stomach – Tortured by back pains – Heart affected – Laid up for days together, and life was a burden.’ BILE BEANS RESTORE PERFECT HEALTH Poor Mrs. Charlotte Moore – suffering an affliction of … Continue reading

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