Congratulations to the Paddington Society

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


By Councillor Scott

It is resolved that:

(A)        Council note the fantastic achievement of the Paddington Society in receiving the National Trust Heritage Award for their book, 'Paddington: A History', celebrating and chronicling the history of the suburb of Paddington:

(i)          'Paddington: A History' is a large format, richly illustrated publication, the first major history of Paddington in forty years. Its specialist authors explore different themes, including Paddington’s architecture and landscape, its heritage lessons and cultural development through all periods. The chapters explore the lives of Aboriginal people, the gentry, middle and working-class residents and migrant, bohemian and gay communities, concluding with an exploration of the residents and Paddington of today;

(ii)         the book is a result of many contributions – from editors, noted historians and specialist writers, photographers, graphic designer, publisher, donors and local and state government grants;

(iii)        the Paddington Society had a major role in the book’s publication, commissioning the editors and chapter authors, identifying and procuring the majority of the images, contributing to the editing and layout design, and underwriting the publication costs; and

(iv)       the book was conceived to mark the 50th anniversary of the Society’s formation in 1964 and is a testament to an ever-increasing community interest in heritage conservation; and

(B)        the Lord Mayor be requested to write to the Paddington Society recognising their fantastic achievement in receiving this award and the achievements of the Society generally since its inception in 1964.

Carried unanimously.


Report author: Rebekah Celestin

Publication date: 24/06/2019

Date of decision: 24/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2019 - Council

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