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Our Place - Redfern - Ann Ramsay

Our Place - Redfern - Ann Ramsay

Ann’s earliest memories of Redfern are of the “dirt and squalor” and hard times: “There was no sweepers, and no trees and there were horses and plenty of manure”. The brewery smelt, and “the front verandahs would be filthy”, because...

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Our Place - Redfern - Bev Karonidis

Our Place - Redfern - Bev Karonidis

Bev has lived in George Street, Redfern all her life; she reckons they’ll have to carry her out. Her family lived with her maternal grandparents, and when she married, her husband joined the household. The family attended the church across...

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Our Place - Redfern - Jane Lanyon

Our Place - Redfern - Jane Lanyon

Jane Lanyon was born at home in February 1920 in Balfour Street, Chippendale. She has lived in the Redfern area since moving there in 1926, when the “community was mostly Anglo-Australian”. Jane’s family was ‘blended’: her father married a widow...

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Our Place - Redfern - Nicholas Shehadie

Our Place - Redfern - Nicholas Shehadie

Nicholas Shehadie’s grandfather, the first Orthodox priest in Australia, built the church on the corner of Redfern and Walker Streets, and his father built the Antioch Orthodox Church at the corner of Walker and Cooper Streets. His family loved Redfern:...

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Our Place - Redfern - Ted McDermott

Our Place - Redfern - Ted McDermott

When Ted was a kid, “nobody ever trusted a policeman”, “there were always a lot of people walking places: there were trams, horses and carts and barefooted kids. And there was the broadcasts of the races on a Saturday afternoon....

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