Newtown 2: The Back Streets
Sydney’s New Town was an excellent place on the high ground for villas and large gardens. During the 1850s the railway was cut through and then Thomas Mort cut the land for smaller villas and the advancing middle classes.
We’ll see places associated with Mary Reibey (plus another not-so- successful female convict), the Anthony Horderns family, the idiosyncratic Alderman Bedford, and Judge Josephson (the ‘millionaire mayor’) who lived in a mansion deigned by John Verge.
Mark Matheson, former editor with the Royal Australian Historical Society leads this tour and adds newly-uncovered facts and documented anecdotes about this time when Newtown was very much a colony of the British empire.