Posts Tagged ‘Erskineville’

Portrait Project – Day 9

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Portrait Project

Linda – Erskineville


Úna – at Albert St, Erskineville

Portrait Project – Day 5

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Portrait Project

Grant – At The Erko

Stayed tuned for more photos from Erskineville, THE most interesting suburb in Sydney!

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

Day 60 – April Fools

Today was a weird day so how appropriate that the picture, taken before the madness, was of a weird car parked on our street. A black, old styled motor with rather opposing colourful interior decoration! Whether that was its intention or not it stands out, giving the residents of Erskineville a timely break from the modern monotony that exists in just walking down a street.

I bet if you try to think back to the last street you walked down would you remember 10 of the cars you passed? 5? None? Our brains can’t take in everything so we filter everything we see and most of it goes into a ‘forgettable’ category. Even thinking about that same street, the one I walk almost every day to get to the shops of Erskineville, there is so little I remember about the houses, the cars, and, of course, the people as they are rarely seen outside their houses these days.

I guess in essence it is a lesson on how to stand out or blend in with the crowd. But when we remember what we remember and can analyse the how and the why, we can understand how our own minds work and how to use that to better our lives.

Quote of the day: “Each one of you has something no one else has, or has ever had: your fingerprints, your brain, your heart. Be an individual. Be unique. Stand out. Make noise. Make someone notice. That’s the power of individuals.” – Jon Bon Jovi


Day 1 and I’m starting off with a picture for myself. I took it on my camera phone while out running at an Erskineville park. The ‘A’ for the start of the project, and the start of a new year (although not technically Jan 1), the space for what’s to come and the bright light, well….that was just bad exposure!

Any begining, I think, represents an opportunity to take the lessons learned previously and apply them to new situations, hopefully in positive ways. This year seems like it could be significant and different though I don’t know why yet, but excited to see what happens!

Ok enough of the philosophical crap, its also just a picture I never would’ve taken before even though I’ve ran round that park thousands, well ok tens at least, of times! So here it is, a memory of the Harry Noble Reserve on the 1st of February 2010 where people brought their thoughts, goals, friends and dogs and just enjoyed life!

So I’m gonna get off the computer and do the same!

Quote of day:

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live” Jean-Paul Sartre