Marshall Street, Surry Hills

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Sandstone worker's cottage

Marshall Street is in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. It falls within the Local Government Area of the City of Sydney. It runs north-south between Fitzroy Street and Phelps Street and is two hundred metres long.[1] Marshall Street is notable as an example of the variety of residential buildings that developed in Surry Hills from the 1850s, along with some commercial buildings.


Marshall Street contains a variety of residential buildings characteristic of those that developed in Surry Hills from the 1850s, as well as several commercial buildings. Residents participate in the beautification of the street by placing numerous pot plants along the footpaths. There is a small park—Fred Miller Park—between Marshall Street and Bourke Street. It was named after Fred Miller, the member for Bligh from 1981-1984. He lived in Surry Hills all his life and died in 1992. Local amenities include bus services and a hotel in Fitzroy Street. One nearby street is Nichols Street, named after Isaac Nichols.


  • Terraced houses: There are several of these, which are characteristic of Surry Hills and the nearby suburb of Paddington. They typically have balconies on the top floor, decorated with elaborate wrought iron patterns. This is known as Victorian Filigree, in which the wrought iron "lace" forms a screen.[2] One house has three storeys.
  • Workers' cottages: There are two workers' cottages made of sandstone, each subdivided into two semi-detached cottages. One still bears a faint sign reading "J. Simpson Grocer." There is also a small number of workers' cottages made of brick.
  • Georgian homes: There is a group of two-storey Georgian homes that have been restored. They are an example of the Victorian Georgian style, an extension of the Old Colonial Georgian style.[3]
  • Commercial buildings: There are four old buildings designed for commercial use, including a warehouse-style building made of brick.

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  1. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory (2009) Map 20
  2. ^ A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture, Apperly (Angus and Robertson) 1994, p.60
  3. ^ A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture, p.42