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Old January 22nd, 2010, 02:19 AM   #1
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SLUMS

Not sure if we have had a thread like this before but thought it would be interesting... post slums of yesterday and today


SLUMS of old Sydney


Magraths Lane in Kent Street



My fav pic of Sydney EVER!!! this is somewhere right in the heart of the city... like near where myer is i think... cant remember but


Cambridge Street... Argyle Cut in the distance...




Queens Place









Maybe not a slum.... but check out where it is ... SCROLL >>>>>




The Rocks




Lynchs Court off Clarence Street




AND FINALLY..... THE WORST OF THE WORST....

FROG HOLLOW SURRY HILLS...

most likely the worst slum ever in australian history... or so i heard
now the site of a park although some houses remain and sandtone steps

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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Odd really that some of those same locations are now the most sought after real estate addresses in the country.

I don't think that in Australia we ever really went that bad in comparison to slums in Europe. I can't really think of any part of old Brisbane that you would even include as being slum.

Would some of the lesser suburbs of modern Australian cities count as "slums"? If you showed some of these people from the 1800's what was considered poor housing now they would probably look upon them as great luxery.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 03:48 AM   #3
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Wow great shots there! Despite being slums they have great character.

As for Brisbane, there were settlement camps outside town in Bulimba, Petrie Bight and Belle's Valley (now Fortitude Valley). Settlers from Britain were origionally denied any assistance from the government and forced to camp out in these area.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 04:17 AM   #4
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Check this site out..... all about sydneys old underworld

http://www.razorhurst.com.au/index.html

An extract about Frog Hollow

"Of all the wretched traps that festered in East Sydney, the worst was Surry Hills's Frog Hollow, located on and around the sheer cliff that plummeted from the western side of Riley Street, between Ann and Albion Streets. In the decade before World Was I until the late 1920s when, mercifully, it was raized, criminals battened themselves to Frog Hollow like fleas to a rat. The frogs which gave the swampy, crater-like gully in the bowels of the Riley Street escarpment its name sensibly departed to more congenial surroundings sometime in the 1800s, leaving the stinking labyrinth of narrow, dark and airless alleys and higgeldy-piggeldy, jammed together hovels to a scarborous collection of blackguards and their bare foot children, mangy pets and vermin. Local clergymen had no trouble evoking a picture of hell for their parishioners - they merely told them take a stroll to Frog Hollow.

There, lawbreakers schemed robberies and murder, lay low from the police, hid their stolen goods, gathered in the notorious Sunbeam Hotel to grow woozy on opium and cocaine and gut-rot booze, suffered the agony of venereal disease, died of plague, and bashed, raped and otherwise abused one another. The area was headquarters for many mobs, and none more forbidding than the Riley Street Gang, whose raggedly handsome leader, armed robber Samuel 'Jewey' Freeman, lived in a shack there. When he was not robbing people at gunpoint, Freeman's idea of fun was beating senseless the last rag-tag manifestations of the old Surry Hills larrikin youth gangs, namely the Forty Thieves and the Big Seven, who attracted a police presence in the Hills that Freeman (with serious villainy of his own to conduct) could well have done without. In 1913, Freeman was joined by his latest lover, a wild, thirty-two-year-old thief and prostitute named Kate Leigh"



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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:00 AM   #5
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interesting thread!
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:51 AM   #6
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Some more.... i find these pictures so amazing... what a place

Sydney has such a history!!! So many untold stories...




Alot of the following were taken during the bubonic plague... much of the rocks was demoslished during this time.



































The wharfs were not the place to hang like they are now




Surry Hills

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:55 AM   #7
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And now the Pyrmont NIMBYists romanticise those old suburbs - there was nothing romantic about that life!
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Check this site out..... all about sydneys old underworld

http://www.razorhurst.com.au/index.html

An extract about Frog Hollow

"Of all the wretched traps that festered in East Sydney, the worst was Surry Hills's Frog Hollow, located on and around the sheer cliff that plummeted from the western side of Riley Street, between Ann and Albion Streets. In the decade before World Was I until the late 1920s when, mercifully, it was raized, criminals battened themselves to Frog Hollow like fleas to a rat. The frogs which gave the swampy, crater-like gully in the bowels of the Riley Street escarpment its name sensibly departed to more congenial surroundings sometime in the 1800s, leaving the stinking labyrinth of narrow, dark and airless alleys and higgeldy-piggeldy, jammed together hovels to a scarborous collection of blackguards and their bare foot children, mangy pets and vermin. Local clergymen had no trouble evoking a picture of hell for their parishioners - they merely told them take a stroll to Frog Hollow.

There, lawbreakers schemed robberies and murder, lay low from the police, hid their stolen goods, gathered in the notorious Sunbeam Hotel to grow woozy on opium and cocaine and gut-rot booze, suffered the agony of venereal disease, died of plague, and bashed, raped and otherwise abused one another. The area was headquarters for many mobs, and none more forbidding than the Riley Street Gang, whose raggedly handsome leader, armed robber Samuel 'Jewey' Freeman, lived in a shack there. When he was not robbing people at gunpoint, Freeman's idea of fun was beating senseless the last rag-tag manifestations of the old Surry Hills larrikin youth gangs, namely the Forty Thieves and the Big Seven, who attracted a police presence in the Hills that Freeman (with serious villainy of his own to conduct) could well have done without. In 1913, Freeman was joined by his latest lover, a wild, thirty-two-year-old thief and prostitute named Kate Leigh"
Syd equivalent of Kowloon Walled City
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 06:52 AM   #9
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some of those shots are not of slums. They're just locations being demolished for civil works. A lot of road widening took place in the first quarter of the 20th Century in Sydney. Similarly the construction of Central station and then the city railways demolished a swathe of land quite apart from the Harbour Bridge construction.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:30 AM   #10
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they need to pull their pants up more
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:37 AM   #11
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How about posing pics of the new slums of the 21st century.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:57 AM   #12
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'Playing Beattie Bow' is a fantastic novel I had to read in primary school - I still love it. Whilst its fictional it gives a nice idea of what life in this area was like during the 19th century
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 10:14 AM   #13
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An area that some people might refer to as "slums" (just as not quite nice area instead).


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Old January 22nd, 2010, 10:16 AM   #14
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How about posing pics of the new slums of the 21st century.
Australian cities don't have slums anymore
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Isn't The Block practically a slum?
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Australian cities don't have slums anymore
Mount Druitt, Broadmeadows, Blacktown, granville, merrylands, bankstown? just to name a few, maybe not slums, but still low socio economic areas
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Mount Druitt, Broadmeadows, Blacktown, granville, merrylands, bankstown?
If those places are slums, What do you call the places people in third world countries live then?
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If those places are slums, What do you call the places people in third world countries live then?
Um I just said they weren't slums, i said low socio economic areas. And we are discussing our cities not third world countries.
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Um I just said they weren't slums, i said low socio economic areas. And we are discussing our cities not third world countries.
this is a thread about slums, not "low socio economic areas"
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Oh Cruise, get over it. Wtf is the big deal of posting low socio economic areas also, your a shit stirer + I hate you
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