Sydney: female and single


How did the development of so many apartments in Kings Cross and Potts Point come about?

Behind the sleaze and sin of Kings Cross, there is a heart-wrenching tale of widows left behind.

After many young Australian men were killed in World War I, young women who would never marry needed to live close to the city to work.

From the start of the 20th century, these women lived in tiny bedsits in the city – when practically everyone else lived in houses.

This piece of history capturing the price of war is engraved on the streets of Kings Cross, for those who have time in the bustling city to stop and reflect.

Also engraved in front of 202 Victoria street is the disappearance of newspaper editor Juanita Nielsen, who fought against development in the area, “not afraid whose toes she tramped on”.


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