"Spirit of Paddington"

 Don McKinnon               

When walking the lovely old Paddington streets and spending time amongst the picturesque beauty of the Victorian housing you readily get a sense of the spirit of the place and its people.

Paddington is where modern families live in the context of old architecture.  Over the years, the residents have experienced the impacts of wars, depressions and a long period as an economic backwater.  The socio-economic mix in the suburb has varied substantially over the decades.

Most of the development of Paddington occurred in a very short period in the late 19th century, giving it a wonderful, strong homogeneity of style.