If only Surry Hills’ streets could talk, what a colourful tale they’d tell.
Once scrub on the edge of Sydney Town, landed gentry constructed vast colonial mansions here during the 1830s. With skyrocketing development came the suburb’s quintessential Victorian terraces – where The Rathbone stands was once a charming row housing local businesses. Unbridled growth meant 1920s underworld figures were brawling in the streets for a slice of Sydney’s sly grog trade. Two decades later European migrants arrived, bringing their cosmopolitan ideas, customs and cuisines and setting the scene for 60s, 70s and 80s youths to return to the inner city. Rag traders landed en masse in the 90s; designers and professionals followed soon after. Today, Surry Hills is for those who seek the finer things. The site is now home to a derelict service station – but The Rathbone is set to change all that. Time to add your story to the mix.