Once known as Woolloomooloo Hill, Kings Cross was home to Sydney’s nineteenth century elite who built grand mansions along the ridge to enjoy sea breezes, a wonderful view and access to the city. These villas of the rich and famous were sold, abandoned or demolished with the march of time and a number were resumed during the construction of Garden Island in the 1940s. Some became home to the bohemia who were moving to the Cross to enjoy the vivacity and night life. Anything went and wild girls like Dulcie Deamer and Rosaleen Norton walked the same streets as the crime queens Tillie Devine and Kate Leigh.
Anne-Maree Whitaker. 48 pages b & w.