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12-18 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills. Sydney, New South Wales

Shown here are some Surry Hills working class terraces which are build right up to the property line and march up a subtly sloping inner city street. Their facades are bare with the exception of the ledges with their little brackets and the mouldings designed to throw rain off the double hung windows and the unsympathetically harsh but necessary security grilles on the doors and windows.

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11-63 Hackett Street, Ultimo. Sydney, New South Wales

Hackett Street is a narrow lane which runs for just two blocks.  One side of the block between Pier Street and Macarthur Street is completely lined in terrace houses.  Pictured is actually three identical rows of nine double storey working class terraces.

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13-33 Louis Street, (“The Block”), Redfern. Sydney, New South Wales

Gentrification of terraces has come so far in Australia that it is sometimes easy to forget that just a couple of decades ago most were the forgotten and neglected homes of the working classes. However this is still very much true in pockets of Sydney and to a lesser extent Melbourne where terraces remain low cost rentals bordering on ghettos and slums. Here is a notorious such one known as the “Louis Street row”.

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Bland Terrace: 14-32 Bland Street. Woolloomooloo. Sydney, New South Wales

Bland Terrace takes its name from the street it is on, Bland, and is exactly that.  The row of 10 double storey late Edwardian (depression era) terraces are a little plain and nondescript, saved for its wooden and corrugated iron awnings and balconies and the horizontal bands of black bricks and cornice which define the facades.

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12-24 Waltham Place, Richmond. Melbourne, Victoria

The group of seven modest double storey working class terraces was built in 1890 to the design of H.M. Parlett on land beside the former Bedggood shoe factory in a narrow poorly planned street typical of those in the Richmond Hill area.  It is actually two rows separated by a very narrow lane and slightly stepped up the hill from one another, a row of four and the higher row of three.

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Rochester Terrace 320-334 Jones Street, Ultimo. Sydney, New South Wales (demolished 1919)

Known as Rochester Terrace, this row of eight terrace houses built in 1879 and fronting Jones Street was typical of the rows of working class terraces homes built in Ultimo during late 1800s.  Erected before new building codes were introduced, it’s long gable corrugated iron roof is notably without projecting party walls and only changes pitch slightly on the verandah balconies.  Built in brick on a sandstone base it featured plain chimneys and party walls, iron lacework fringe, brackets and balcony and a wooden picket fence. (City of Sydney Archives, CRS 51/752)

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19-41 Railway Place, Coburg. Melbourne, Victoria

This row of twelve terrace homes that lines the Upfield railway line in suburban Coburg is not only one of the longest but one of the most northern Victorian terraced streetscapes in metropolitan Melbourne.

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