Newtown 2: The Back Streets

This walk on the south side of Newtown looks at the remains of those nineteenth century ‘New Town’ mansions in their large gardens as well as the later suburban villas and terraces.

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.

Event date

Event Details

Newtown Railway Station, 330 King Street 2042, Newtown, NSW
Newtown Railway Station
10am to 12.30pm
Entry fees:
Adults $5, Children $$ 0.00, Concession $5, Family $$ 10.00
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
This walk is 'accessible' though there is one flight of 12 or so stairs