Annandale Short Historical Walks
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by Marghanita da Cruz

About the Series |1890s Annandale | Federation Annandale | Annandale's Great War | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 50s

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50s Annandale: A Short Walk

50s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of tram

In the 1850s WS Jevons came to Sydney to work as an Assayer at the new Mint. Jevons and his colleague came to live at Annangrove in Annandale. Jevons wrote numerous letters to his family describing his life in Sydney and his walks and trips from Annangrove Cottage.

50s Annandale: A Short Walk is the seventh book in the series. It takes you on a walk through Annandale of the 1850s and 1950s.

In the 1950s, Sydney's Tram network was shut down. This saw the end of Tram services through Annandale, along the Crescent, Booth Street and Parramatta Road.

Marghanita presented 50s Annandale as a virtual walk in April 2017. At the end of April 2017, Marghanita was pre-selected as the Greens lead candidate for Councillor of the Leichhardt Ward of the Inner West Council.

On 9 September 2017, Marghanita da Cruz was elected to the Inner West Council.

Cover Photograph: Tram on the Crescent, Annandale courtesy of Steve Tyrell via flickr: Steve Terrill (Walkingalongthetrail)

Paperback and eBook due to be published in 2017

Token - Museum Victoria, Photograph - SLNSW Collection, Map - National Library of Australia

Sources: Token, Museum Victoria, Map, National Library of Australia, photograph from the collections of the State Library of NSW. SPF / 28.

Books by William Stanley Jevons

Jevons Letters and Journals of his time in Sydney (1854-58)

books by W S Jevons

50s Annandale: A Short Virtual Walk
In the footsteps of WS Jevons

Marghanita da Cruz will present a virtual tour of 1850s and 1950s Annandale. In the 1850s, a new Train line passed through the Annandale Estate and William Stanley Jevons came to live at Annangrove Cottage on the Parramatta Road.

Jevons left us descriptions of Annangrove and his walks home to the new Royal Mint where he worked as an Assayer. Jevons also carried out weather observations and reported them in Henry Parke's newpaper. Before leaving Sydney, Jevons produced a social map of the city. Back in England, jevons went on to design a "logical piano" (a mechanical computer) and to publish on mathematics and economics, including on why coal should not be taxed.

Horse Drawn Omnibuses, Steam and electric Trams have all transported passengers along Parramatta Road until the 1950s.

This virtual tour is part of the Annandale Heritage Festival and will form the basis of Marghanita's seventh book in a series which presents Annandale's History as Short Walks.

There will be an opportunity to inspect the historic cottage and nearby sites.

Date: 2-4pm Saturday 29 April 2017
Location: Tetch Gallery, Annangrove Cottage, 245 Parramatta Road Annandale
Price: $15/$10 Concession (incl GST)
Bookings & Enquiries: Tel: 0414-869202, Email: or via Eventbrite

1850s Annandale

The suburb of Annandale did not exist. It was a part of Robert Johnston's Annandale Estate.

Annandale House, the Johnston's residence was south of Parramatta Road and there were a handful of buildings north of the thoroughfare.

1950s Annandale