Project 365 – 4th Oct 2010

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 246 – Erko’ville

I love living in Erskineville! It definitely is an area set apart, probably partially because of its location away from any main road routes to anywhere, it’s quaint, relatively quiet and friendly but more alive than some of the back-streeted suburbs. A place where there are more dogs parading around on a Saturday morning than people and more cafe’s than pubs and shops. Today’s picture is of one of the pubs, The Erskineville Hotel, a place I used frequent long before I moved to the area (mainly for the Bingo on a Wednesday night). Here’s some history:

The suburb was originally called Macdonaldtown in 1872, after an earlier subdivision in 1846 in the south of Erskineville owned by Stephen Macdonald. The streets around the early Macdonaldtown subdivision are named after relations of the Macdonald family – Amy, Flora, Eve, Coulson and Rochford. Knight Street is named for Henry Knight, one of the earliest brickmakers in the district and the first mayor of Macdonaldtown. Devine Street is named for the first grant holder, Nicholas Devine, the first principal superintendent of convicts. He called his property Burren Farm, after his county in Ireland.

Erskineville is named after Erskine Villa, the home of Wesleyan minister, Reverend George Erskine, built in 1830. After changing owners a few times, the property was eventually left to the Church of England and became the rectory for the Holy Trinity Church at Macdonaldtown. In 1893 Macdonaldtown was renamed as the Borough of Erskineville.

Quote of the day: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – T. S. Eliot


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