Surry Hills: Looking for Jacob 11: Found!

Thanks entirely to the family research of John Van Luyn and Bob Starling, we can now say our search for Jacob has narrowed considerably.

On this Google Earth image I have placed him on either Lot 6 or Lot 7, superimposing information from the maps John and Bob found. Jacob does seem to have been a bit of a villain at times too, so the complex now up the road is a touch ironic.


The evidence is these two maps, one from 1854, the other – the clincher – from a survey plan. The shading is mine, of course.

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Kudos again to John Van Luyn and Bob Starling!

Bob wrote: “I have managed to obtain a plan of the Market Lane area where Jacob was
known to have resided probably with William MacDonald…”

Today Market Lane, extended, is Wentworth Avenue.

Sights of old Sydney 4: Cleveland House, Surry Hills

AU45 Francis Howard Greenway (20 November 1777 – September 1837) was an iconic Australian colonial architect, or so Wikipedia (correctly) says. It is sad what happened to the great convict architect in later life, even if he may posthumously enjoy, as a one-time convicted forger, having once featured on the Australian ten dollar note.

There are apparently 49 of his buildings still standing in the greater Sydney area, Hyde Park Barracks and St James Church being but two of the most known.

Sadly, not all his work is so well preserved, notably Cleveland House in Surry Hills, whose history I detailed in James O’Brien on Surry Hills (August 2007). I have one picture here too on Surry Hills 5, where I mention it is possibly the oldest house still standing in Sydney. You may see it clearly marked on the map shown at Sights of old Sydney 2: Moore Park boundary post 1833.

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Here it is on the afternoon of 1 December 2008. I am so saddened that this lovely building is in such poor condition. See more over the fold.

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