Terrace houses came to these shores in the middle of the 1800s: single storey, double storey, single fronted, double fronted. Simple. Elaborate. They were mainly built during the reign of Queen Victoria and in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. Some were to house working class families. Others were to house the families of the burgeoning mercantile classes. The majority of existing examples hug the harbour shore, for example in the easter suburb of Paddington, in the inner city at Millers Point and Surry Hills and in the inner west suburb of Glebe. This is where my photographs were made.
As many of the inner-city terraces have been extensivly renovated since the 1950s (gentrified), there is no guarantee that the wrought-iron lacework on the balcony and verandah is original or replica. Either way, they are ornate, individual and beautiful.
A terrace house is usually a group of houses all joined together: sometimes just in pairs but rarely more than 6 or 8 together. This, of course, reduces the amount of light coming into the building. This would not have been a problem in England but the translation to a sunnier climate was difficult. During the gentrification process, skylights have been introduced and back walls have been removed to welcome the garden into the house. Extensive use is made of timber decking.
Images 1, 5, 8 and 9 were made in Paddington.
Image 2 was photographed in the Toxteth part of Glebe.
Image 4 was shot in Surry Hills.
Images 3 and 7 were photographed in the original Glebe Estate.
Image 6 was taken on a wander through Millers Point.