Newtown and Hollis Park History

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http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/newtownproject/Walking_Tours/Walking-Tour.html

This is link had a little bit of background on places in Newtown and here is the bit about Hollis Park:

 

POINT 1: HOLLIS PARK

Easily the most elaborate group of dwellings in Newtown, built on land purchased by Magistrate John Kettle when Bligh’s ‘Camperdown’ estate was subdivided. The houses, built in the 1880’s, formed part of an overall planned development unusual in Sydney and considered a ‘throw back’ to the planned squares of London and Brighton. Hollis Park was resumed for education purposes in 1892 but leased for a peppercorn rental to the Newtown Municipality as a playground in 1911. It is named after Robert Hollis MLA, a prominent advocate of trade unionism, who lived in Newman Street. Warren Ball Avenue is named after the prominent Newtown Councillor and businessman and Georgina Street after Kettle’s daughter.

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