2211 Padstow

Padstow is a sleepy suburb with an eclectic mix of young and old, history and modernity, industrial and residential, religious and agnostic. Between 2001 and 2011, the median age of Padstow’s residents went from 60 to 40 years and the percentage of people who spoke a language other than English at home went from 30% to 40%. The changing demographics has brought with it a randomness that is both charming and confusing at the same time. There is a Tongan congregation in the Uniting Church, the street names are either Egyptian or from outer space, and Ian Thorpe first began swimming at the Doug Frost Swim School in Padstow. The suburb is also recently infamous for being the place where Jamie Gao was murdered by corrupt policemen Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara. It’s hard to predict how Padstow will evolve in the next ten years. Already, unit blocks and townhouses are being developed and houses demolished. Let’s hope the charm of the suburb remains.

Pictures and words by Simone Cheung, her pictures can be found on instagram here @simonecheungphotography or on her website there www.simonecheungphotography.com