Friday, 11 June 2010

Frog Hollow, Surry Hills

By the beginning of the twentieth century, Frog Hollow, on the corner of Riley and Albions Sts, Surry Hills, was Sydney's most notorious slum, associated with petty crime, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence. It was about 9 metres below the surrounding streets, with the houses piled on top of each other. Police claimed that this enclave had bred some of the most 'desperate and dangerous criminals' they had encounteres. It was home to the Riley Street Gang.

The City Council's slum clearance came to Frog Hollow in 1925. Part of it was later used as a council depot, and part was Hills reserve, named after a Sydney Lord Mayor, Pat Hills.

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