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1916

Minutes of Council

Tuesday 11th day of January 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday 11th January 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Prichard, Smith, and Edwards.

Apologies

1899 Apologies were received from Aldermen Szarka and Lewis.

Minutes

1900 The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Correspondence

1901 Letter from the Local Government Department re-the establishment of a Garbage Destructor.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

1902 Letter from Messrs Roff asking for the renewal of their Hoarding Licenses within this area for the year 1916.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report

1903 Letter from Alderman W Taylor re his candidature as a member of the Fire Brigades Board of New South Wales. Received.

1904 Letter from A Rogers Esq and J A Meek Esq Architect re-the Balcony Awning at the Whitehorse Hotel King Street Newtown.

1905 Letter from J E Donohue General Manager Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd. Intimating that the 1000 C.P. enclosed arc lamps will have no value when removed. Up to date incandescent lights would cost £700 to install and asking if the Council will extend the contract for a further period of five years if these lights are installed.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that this Council expects the Electric Light Corporation to faithfully adhere to the terms of their agreement and substitute without further delay 1000 C.P. lamps of the most improved type and at a cost not exceeding the price mentioned in the agreement namely £16 per lamp per annum.

1906 Letters from the Public Health Department covering report on 28 samples of milk one of which was found to be adulterated.

The Town Clerk reported that under instruction from His Worship The Mayor the necessary prosecution had been made and a fine of £2 inflicted on the offender.

1907 Letter from J Mair asking on behalf of the Lilywhite Steam Laundry Co for permission to retain their direction signs.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

1908 Letter from D Brennan asking if the Council will change the name of that portion of Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road to Cheapside Place.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that on account of the confusion and inconvenience which is caused in deeds and other legal documents by the change of the name of portion of an old established Street it is regretted that the application cannot be granted but there can be no objection to the applicant calling his new building by this special name if he so desires so as to make them more attractive or their location easier.

1909 Letter from the Local Government Department covering an amendment and clause 5 of Ordinance 38 re the granting of a Lease.

Received.

1910 A list of outstanding rates in accordance with regulation 6 (49B) were submitted by the Town Clerk and it was resolved that the list be laid upon the table and the necessary prosecutions instituted for the recovery of the outstanding amounts.

Reports

Overseer of Works

1911 The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight.

It was resolved that the Report be received and the plans referred to the Works Committee for report.

Sanitary Inspector

1912 The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained in folios 121 to 123 of the Sanitary Inspectors Report Book and it was resolved that the Report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

1913 His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That this Council do now make and levy a general rate of 3¼d in the £ for the year ending 31st December 1916 (as forecasted in the estimates approved and Julie advertised on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised directed or obliged by the Act Ordinances and Regulations to expend or apply the funds of the area.

Seconded by Alderman Prichard and carried.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the following works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the vote of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6 be now revoted namely:-

1914 Whateley Lane East of Whatley Street remove gutter stones and tar pave carriageway

 

£ 35.10.0

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved that the following 5 motions standing in his name:-

That the following works authorised for Enmore Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now revoted viz:-

1915 1 Sloane Street Tarpave carriageway and repair parts £ 325.0.0
1916 2 Metropolitan Road Tarpave the carriageway 650.0.0
1917 3 Belmore Lane Renew 70 yards of gutter stones and repair carriageway where necessary with blue metal    50.0.0
1918 4 Liberty Street Repair where necessary and top dressed with prepared tar and Nepean sand    30.0.0
1919 5 Enmore Road North side Take up and relay blocks from Phillip Street to Station Street 670.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Prichard and carried.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved for Alderman Lewis the following for motions standing in his name:-

That the following works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now revoted viz:-

1920 1 Watkin Lane Tarpave carriageway £ 125.0.0
1921 2 Church Street Tarpave carriageway from Lennox to Victoria Streets    185.0.0
1922 3 King Street Top dress footpaths from Bligh Street to Newtown Railway Bridge      85.0.0
1923 4 King Street Top dress the wood blocked carriageway from Bligh Street to Newtown Railway Bridge 365.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:-

That the following works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the vote of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now revoted viz:-

1924 Wilson Street Repair and tarpave carriageway £1241.0.0

Seconded by His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved the following four motions standing in his name:-

That the following works authorised for Camden Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now re-voted viz:-

1925 1 Hawken Street Repair and top dress carriageway £   27.0.0
1926 2 Holmwood Street Blue metal and top dress carriageway 155.0.0
1927 3 King Street Woodblock the carriageway between kerb and tramline Western side to end of portion blocked on tram line 230.0.0
1928 4 Angel Lane Form and tarpave full width and kerb Western side 105.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved the following four motions standing in his name:-

That the following works authorised for Kingston Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 pursuant of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now revoted viz:-

1929 1 Albemarle Street Tar metal carriageway from Baltic Street to Bedford Street £ 87.0.0
1930 2 Albemarle Street Repair West End and top dress carriageway with 2 coats and treat with prepared tar and metal screenings    75.0.0
1931 3 Turtle Lane Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand     4.0.0
1932 4 Church Street Renew Freestone guttering with trachyte cubes    10.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved for Alderman Szarka:-That the following works authorised for Enmore Ward and the vote of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now re-voted viz:-

1933 Belmore Street Remetal and topdress £ 230.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved the following motions standing in his name:-

That the following works authorised for Enmore Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 be now re-voted viz:-

1934 1 Station Street Re-asphalt from Holt Street to Enmore Road and top dress with tar from Holt Street Camden Street £ 250.0.0
1935 2 Marion Lane Remove gutter stones lay strip one yard wide each side Lane and top dress balance of carriageway 165.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Questions Without Notice

1936 Under this heading His Worship The Mayor mentioned that 2 tenants of the Council had asked that some reduction might be made in the rent of the Town Hall as at the present time they found it impossible to pay the existing rents.

1936a The International Bible Students Association asked that their Religious Meetings two on Sundays and one on Tuesday evenings might be classed and charged as Lodge Meetings at the rate of 10/-each.

After discussion in view of the nature of the Meetings it was decided this request be granted.

1936b Mr H Hermann asked that the rent of the Hall for Saturday evenings be reduced from 22/6 during the Summer months as many of his pupils and patrons had enlisted for the War. After discussion it was decided that this request could not be granted.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 25th day of January 1916 will stop

Signed W G Salmon, Town Clerk.        Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 11th day of January 1916

Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday 11th day of January 1916 at 8.30pm.

For the purpose of confirming the rate of /3¼d in the £.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Prichard, Smith, and Edwards.

Apologies

1937 Apologies were received from Aldermen Szarka and Lewis.

Business

1938 His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the rate of /3¼d in the £ on the unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands within the Municipality of Newtown made and passed by resolution of this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day be and the same is hereby confirmed and that the Mayor and Town Clerk be authorised when the rates have been written up in the rate books to attach the corporate seal of the Council thereto and Julie sign each book.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

There being no further business the Meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 25th day of January 1916 will stop

Signed W G Salmon, Town Clerk.        Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 25th day of January 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday 25th day of January 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Prichard, Smith, Szarka and Edwards.

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Prichard seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Correspondence

1939 Letter from Inspector CF Friend Public Instruction Department asking how far the Council will be prepared to go in the matter of providing organised games at Hollis Park.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

1940 Letter from the Local Government Department re-the danger caused by the insufficient protection on balconies especially at Hotels.

Received.

1941 Letter from Alderman D M Cooper in support of his candidature for a seat on the Board of Fire Commissioners of N.S.W. Received.

1942 Letter from the Railway Department intimating that it was not likely that Leamington Avenue would be resumed by the Railway Department at an early date.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

1943 Letter from the Secretary Newtown War Service Committee asking if payments to Recruiting Officers could be supervised by the Town Clerk and made through this Councils Trust Fund Account.

Received and the request complied with.

1944 Letter from the Department of Public Health covering 17 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct. Received.

1945 Letter from Alderman W Taylor in support of his candidature as a member on the Board of Fire Commissioners of N.S.W. Received.

1946 Letter from the Secretary Local Government Association giving information with regard to various Awards. Received.

1947 Letter from the Petersham Sand Bag Committee inviting the members of the Council to a Continental on the Petersham Park on Monday 31st January 1916.

Received with thanks and as many as possible to attend.

1948 Letter from the Secretary Clays Bridge Theatre Co complaining of the Band performance in front of the Town Hall disturbing the Artists at the Clays Bridge Theatre adjoining.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to arrange with the Band Conductors so as to avoid the nuisance complained of.

1949 Application from A E Patrick for Council’s approval of an amended plan of Factory Street.

Deferred for further consideration.

Reports

Mayor’s Report

1950 His Worship The Mayor submitted a Report giving a brief resume of the year’s work financial and otherwise for the year ending 31st December 1915.

Alderman Morgan moved that the very satisfactory annual Report of His Worship The Mayor be received and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg.

Alderman Turtle in supporting the motion drew attention to the omission of the names of Aldermen Szarka and Turtle and Mr Stan Barnes in connection with the Monster Art Union for Australia Day.

The motion was submitted and carried unanimously.

Finance Committee

1951 The Finance Committee submitted their Report as contained on folio 123 of the Finance Committees Report Book which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation to 31st December 1915. £ 501.12.5
Paid since 1st of January 1916 to date    506.7.4
And also the payment of accounts submitted this evening amounting to    129.1.2
Total payments from General Fund since last meeting £1137.0.11

 

From the Trust Fund refund of Tender Deposits      11.0.0
The Monthly Financial Statement was submitted disclosing a credit balance to date of 574.1.11

In connection with the rental charges under section 129 of the Local Government Act it is recommended that the rental charges for pipes wires cables etc within this Municipality for the year beginning 1st January 1916 be as follows:-

Australian Gas Light Co 216.0.0
Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited    86.0.0

Alderman Clegg moved that the Finance Committees Report be received and adopted the accounts confirmed and paid and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Deputation Re Liberty Street

1952 His Worship The Mayor submitted a Report of a Deputation which waited upon the Honourable J H Cann (Minister for Works) on the site Liberty Street to ask for a portion of land vested in the Water and Sewerage Board which is required for the extension of the Street through to Railway Avenue.

The Deputation consisted of Representatives from the Petersham and Newtown Councils and the Minister in reply said he was not able to do all that the Deputation asked as he had no Fund at his disposal for the purpose that he would bring the matter under the notice of the Minister for Public Instruction to see if the amount (£156) could be paid from a Fund at his disposal.

The report was received and adopted.

Renaming Of Boundary Streets

1953 His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) submitted a further report with reference to the renaming of boundary streets between the City of Sydney and the Municipality of Newtown which recommended:-

  1. That the name of Wellington Street be retained for the full-length and this City Council be asked to change the name of Wellington Street Chippendale…
  2. That the name of Church Street be retained as full-length and the City Council be asked to change the name of Church Street Pyrmont.
  3. That the name of Regent Street be altered to Chelmsford Street.
  4. That the name of Stanley Street be altered to Gilpin Street.
  5. That the name of Bligh Street be altered to St Pauls Road.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Mayor’s report be received and adopted and that the recommendations contained therein be forwarded to the City Council.

Seconded by Alderman Prichard and carried.

Works Committee

1954 His Worship The Mayor submitted a Report of the Works Committee as contained on folio 37 and 39 of the Works Committees Report Book and it was resolved that the Works Committees Report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Auditors Report

1955 The Councils Auditors Messrs W H Cadogan and Co submitted their Report together with the Balance Sheet of the Councils accounts for the period ending 31st December 1915 certifying that the same were correct and in good order.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Auditors Report and Balance Sheet received and adopted and the necessary copies forwarded to the various Departments as provided by the Local Government Act and regulations.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Overseer of Works

1956 The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was received.

Sanitary Inspector

1957 The Sanitary Inspectors admitted his Report as contained on folio 124 of the Sanitary Inspectors Report Book.

Alderman Smith moved that the Report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

1958 Votes of Appropriation

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved that the following resolution standing in his name:-

  1. That the sum of £14083 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works expenditure.
  2. That the sum of £3945 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Services expenditure.
  3. That the sum of £1900 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Health expenditure.
  4. That the sum of £1326 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes Administrator of expenditure.
  5. That the sum of £295 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Municipal Property expenditure.
  6. Which were seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

1959 His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

that the work in connection with the widening of Wilson Street from King Street to Erskineville Road as arranged by this Council be carried out at an estimated cost of £596.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-

1960 That the following works authorised for Camden Ward and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st of December 1915 in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6 be now voted for viz:- Lord Street re-metal and top-dress and repair the gutter-stones where necessary from John Street to Edgeware Road at an estimated cost of £160.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

1961 That the following works authorised for Kingston Ward and the vote of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st December 1915 in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6 be now voted viz:-Baltic Lane tarmetal the carriageway at an estimated cost £55.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

1962 That the footpath on the northern side of Lennox Street between Australia Street and Church Street be tar paved at an estimated cost of £40.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Order Of The Day

1963 In accordance with the regulations framed under the provisions of the 5 Brigade Act 1909 to cast 3 votes for a candidate for the position of member on the Board of Fire Commissioners of N.S.W. to be elected by the Councils mentioned in Schedule 1.

The candidates were as follows:-

Alderman Douglas Maxwell Cooper   –   Randwick.

Alderman Would Taylor                          –   Rockdale.

Alderman Thomas Stowe                     –   Vaucluse.

A ballot was taken which resulted in the election of Alderman William Taylor Rockdale.

His Worship The Mayor then moved that this Council gives the 3 votes to which a dozen title in connection with the election of a member on the Board of Fire Commissioners by the Councils the numerator din Schedule 1 of the Fire Brigades Act No. 9. of 1909 to Alderman William Taylor and that this resolution be forwarded to the Returning Officer in Sydney under the corporate seal of the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Questions Without Notice

1964 Under this heading Alderman Lewis asked whether it was the intention of the Proprietors to re-erect the Stadium King Street.

His Worship The Mayor replied that no application was yet to hand but it is understood the matter will be bought under the Council’s notice at an early date.

1965 Alderman Turtle drew attention to the satisfactory nature of the income and expenditure in connection with the Town Hall as disclosed in the Balance Sheet.

1966 Complimentary reference was also made by the members of the Council to the amount raised for Patriotic Funds and other matters mentioned in the Mayor’s report which was eminently satisfactory.

There being no further business the Meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 8th day of February 1916.

Signed W.G. Salmon, Town Clerk.       Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 25th day of January 1916

Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Thursday 3rd day of February 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Campbell, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

His Worship The Mayor announce the business of the Meeting to be:-

  1. To determine whether or not the Council will grant an allowance to the Mayor for the year beginning 1st of March 1916.
  2. If it is determined to grant an allowance to fix the amount.
  3. To elect a Mayor for the year beginning 1st of March 1916.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

1967 That the amount of the Mayoral allowance for the year beginning 1st of March 1916 the sum of £50.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved:-

That the amount of the Mayoral allowance for the year beginning 1st of March 1916 be the sum of £50.

Seconded by Alderman Smith.

Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Szarka that the amount of the Mayoral allowance for the term beginning 1st of March 1916 the sum of £100. This amendment upon being submitted was declared carried.

The Amendment was then submitted as the substantive motion when Alderman Lewis moved as a further amendment that the amount of the Mayoral allowance for the term beginning 1st of March 1916 be the sum of £150.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and lost.

The substantive motion that the Mayoral allowance be £100 was then submitted and declared carried.

Mayoral Election

1968 Nominations were then invited in writing for the position of Mayor for the period beginning 1st of March 1916.

Alderman Morgan nominated His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) nominated Alderman WG Clegg Alderman Smith nominated Alderman C H Turtle.

There being no further nominations the nominations were declared closed and Town Clerk as Returning Officer conducted the ballot the voting being:-

Alderman Bamfield 2
Alderman Clegg 3
Alderman Turtle 7

Alderman Bamfield having received the lowest number of votes was declared defeated and a fresh ballot is held respecting the remaining candidates which resulted as follows:-

Alderman Clegg 4
Alderman Turtle 8

The Returning Officer then declared Alderman Charles H Turtle Duly elected Mayor for the year beginning 1st of March 1916 he having received the majority of votes cast.

The candidates returned thanks for the support accorded them.

The members of the Council express their appreciation of the able manner in which His Worship The Mayor had carried out his duty during the past three years and at the same time congratulated the Mayor elect upon his election and wished him a successful term of office.

Both the Mayor and the Mayor elect returned thanks for the kind expressions of goodwill and the Meeting concluded.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 8th day of February 1916.

 

Signed W.G. Salmon, Town Clerk.   Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

246-248 King Street, formerly Quartly’s

Quartly’s have occupied this site since 1918. Edwin Quartly, an oil and colour merchant, started his business in ca. 1880 in Goulburn, and moved to 286 King Street Newtown in 1897. Prior to becoming Quartly’s, the site at 246-248 King Street was occupied by numerous businesses from the mid-19th Century as diverse as tobacconists, undertakers, and hairdressers. Originally listed in the Sands Directory as Newtown Road, then 172 King Street, it became 246 King Street in 1895. The current building is designed in the Federation Free Style – a popular architectural design from c. 1890 to 1915. Edwin Quartly ran a successful business winning many tenders and contracts. In 1906, Edwin was nominated for Alderman of O’Connell Ward, losing by only 30 votes to Mr Henry Nunn Howe, and was also a Member representing the Employers in the Building Trades Group for the Department of Labour and Industry, resigning in July 1914. Edwin died in 1922 and left Quartly’s Pty Ltd to his sons: Leslie, Horace and Norton. A small fire on the 3rd of May 1929 resulted in minor damage. Quartly’s became Quartly’s Mitre 10 Hardware Store in the early 1980’s and later Mitre 10, and also houses solicitor’s offices upstairs. Quartly’s expanded to incorporate building 250 King Street and 1 Whateley Lane in the 1980’s. In 2011 Chemist Warehouse became the primary occupant and Mitre 10 moved to 1 Whateley Street.

quartlys1 059271  069899   055981

Images

(1922), “Quartly’s Ltd” [Advertisement], In Newtown Diamond Jubilee Official Souvenir 1862-1922, p. 78.

City of Sydney Archives. (1983), Quartly’s Chambers & Gute; ArchivesPix: 059/059271.

City of Sydney Archives. (1991), Quartly’s Mitre 10 Hardware Store; ArchivesPix: 069/069899.

City of Sydney Archives. (2009), Mitre 10 Handy; ArchivesPix: 055/055981.

References

(1882, Jul 29), “E. Quartly (Late Richards) Oil & Color Warehouse, Sign Writer, Gilder on Glass & House Decorator, Auburn-Street South” [Advertisement], Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW: 1881-1940), p. 2. Retrieved from Trove.

(1906, Feb. 6), “Nomination Day”, Newtown Council Minutes 1863-1948.

(1922, Nov. 23), “Obituary: Nr. Edwin Quartly”, Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW: 1881-1940), p. 2. Retrieved from Trove.

(1929, May 3), “Another Paint Shop Fire”, The Sun (Sydney, NSW: 1910-1954), p. 2. Retrieved from Trove.

(2015), “Federation Free Style c. 1890-c. 1915”, Retrieved from Sydney Architecture.

Archives Investigator

“Biographies of the Early Alderman: Mayor Joseph Nicholas Jolly”, Newtown Project, no. 21.

Estell, J. (1914, July 22), “Department of Labour and Industry, Sydney, 20th July, 1914 [495]”, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW: 1901-2001), no. 126, p. 4266. Retrieved from Trove.

Sands Directory

Town Clerk, (1905, Aug. 3-5), City Surveyor’s Office – TC. [Request for new kerbing at 173 Macquarie St to be contract to Mr. E. Quartly], City of Sydney Archives, Item no: 1905/1317.

Compiled by Renée Grant

 

323 King Street, former Oxford Hotel

There has been a pub on this corner since the 1860s. Originally called the Daniel Webster Hotel, from 1863-1866, according to the Sands Directories, it is listed variously at Newtown Road, Eliza Street and Eliza St/Newtown Road. It was renamed the Oxford Hotel in 1875, and refurbished in the art deco style in 1913. In the 1980s, the Oxford Tavern was a popular live music venue, and was open late most nights. The hotel was refurbished in 2002 with an African theme and renamed Zanzibar. More recently it was renamed Webster’s Bar.

 323 King Street, circa 1880-90s, 085856    034711    323 King 2000, 048539

1880-90s                                                                          1912                                                                    2000

Gritty Newtown

Sands Directory 1863   p. 131

Sands Directories 1865  p. 166

Sands Directory 1866   p. 346

Sands Directory 1867 p. 189

The Hub

069942The former Hub site on King Street0873707-13 Bedford Street Newtown

Originally the site of Edward Coles’ Newtown Hippodrome in 1908. Clay’s Bridge Theatre was built in 1913. Theatre impresario Harry Clay provided Newtown’s only live vaudeville venue in the early 20th century. Clay’s theatre was converted into a cinema in 1934. The Hub previously operated in Marcus Clarke’s Cash Store building at 218-222 King Street from the 1920s. The Cash Store used the slogan ‘The Hub of Newtown’. Broadway Theatre Company Theatre transferred to the Bedford Street site, continuing with the name. A second Hub (Hub 2) at Victoria Theatre operated in Erskineville Road until 1950.

In the 1950s and ’60s, non-English-language films were screened to cater to Newtown’s large migrant population, and it was briefly the home of the Sydney Film Festival. In the early seventies The Hub became an insalubrious and infamous ‘blue movie house’. It closed in the mid-1990s, and with the exception of a few minor commercial uses (storage, second hand book sales) and a couple of live stage shows, had been vacant since. Although recently refitted, the site remains closed in 2016.

 

Robert Parkinson Picture Shows in the Marrickville and Newtown Districts 1898-2012

Gritty Newtown

Newtown Bridge

026237

Newtown Bridge is much more than an elevated roadway over the railway line: ‘The Bridge’ is Newtown’s civic and cultural heart. It was a popular open-air meeting site in the first half of the 20th century. It attracted political rallies, soapbox speakers and religious preachers, including  socialists and communists, supporters of the General Strike of 1917, and the Salvation Army. The late Bob Gould, a Newtown stalwart, remembered communists addressing passers-by from soapboxes were regularly arrested in the 1950s. (Source: Gritty Newtown)

 

Newtown Station

The Great Western Railway line from Sydney to Parramatta opened in 1855 with four stops along the way, including Newtown. The original train station was near Crago Flour Mills (now the Silos Apartments), hence the street name Station Street, but was moved to its present site in 1892 when the railway line was expanded. A ticket office was built at street level on the Newtown Bridge and the platform accessed by steep stairs. (source Gritty Newtown)

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672 King Street

672 King Street

Information compiled by Graeme Barber

672 King St was one of Sydney’s early cinemas from around 1913. It was originally named the Coronation Picture Palace.  The cinema reopened as the St Peters (Kinema) Theatre when a  new building with 2 levels of seating, capacity 1707 seats, was constructed in 1927, the façade of which remains on King St. The building was designed by Emile Sodersten, as ‘a prominent social and recreational venue for the local community in the 1920s and 1930s’. The theatre closed for the last time in 1960 and the building was subsequently used as a warehouse. There was an unsuccessful bid to have it revived as a theatre in the mid 90s. Development applications 2002-3 allowed new development behind the façade, completed in 2007 with the heritage listed façade restored. By 2009 the ground level part of the building had become a picture framing store and the remainder of the building a gym

                                         056243, Lifestyle Fitness, Masterpiece Pictures, 2009

1983                                                                                                                          1991                                                                                                              2009

Robert Parkinson Picture Shows in the Marrickville and Newtown Districts 1898-2012

NSW Heritage Listing  http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=2420318

Emile Sodersten – ADB ; Wikepedia

New Life for Victorian theatre, SMH, November 7, 1995

Molly Swift Reserve

Molly Swift Reserve – vacant land adjoining 12 Erskineville Road

Excerpt from CRS 108 Parks Reserves and Playgrounds

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