People gathered on a terrace balcony

New Book, Paddington: A History

Paddington: A history (edited by Dr Greg Young) is the first major history of the celebrated Sydney suburb in 40 years. It traces the evolution of the suburb’s unique architecture and landscape, and explores the diverse community of Indigenous, colonial, postwar migrant, bohemian and LGBTQ residents. Paddington is now recognised as one of the largest and most intact Victorian terrace housing enclaves in the world.

GML CEO Sharon Veale co-authored one of the chapters with Peter McNeil. It charts the ‘”gloss of gentrification” in Paddington from the end of the 1950s up until this still new 21st century’. The Paddington of today, a spectacle of consumption and leisure, is contrasted with the Paddington of 50 years ago, depicted by dark laneways, a languishing housing market and undertones of criminal activity.


Photograph© Simon Wood

The book is an initiative of the Paddington Society. It is authored by 13 specialists, published by NewSouth Books and can be purchased here.

GML is hosting a talk about the book in Sydney on 14 February 2019. Learn more here.

Learn more about the book on ABC Radio’s ‘Focus‘, hosted by Cassie McCullagh, who interviewed Sharon and book editor, Dr Greg Young. Listen to the interview here.