Surry Hills July 22: 2 — detail from the Northcott mosaics

The Northcott is Surry Hills’s biggest public housing estate. For more on the mosaics see Surry Hills 52: the Northcott mosaics.

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Glebe Point Road 11: Cornstalk Bookshop

According to the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by E. Cobham Brewer, 1894, “in Australia and the United States, youths of colonial birth are so called from being generally both taller and more slender than their parents.”  Naturally when in 1979 Paul Feian began a bookshop specialising in Australiana he called it Cornstalk. You can spend a lot of your time on his site, or in his shop with its amazing rickety staircase and floorboards which look in places as if they might collapse under you – but they haven’t in thirty years.

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That’s Paul at work outside his shop.

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The upstairs room holds memories for me: see Glebe revisited.