Over the past 100 years much has changed in Surry Hills. Entire precincts have disappeared. A bubonic plague scare early last century led to the disappearance of Wexford Street over towards Oxford and Elizabeth Streets, and the notorious “Frog Hollow” in Riley Street vanished not too long after. The area where The Northcott now is was transformed from the late 1940s, a period documented in Ruth Park’s Surry Hills novels. Extending and widening Devonshire Street led to the disappearance, except for the following strange remnants, of two small streets.
— Original photos by Neil Whitfield 2008