In the late 19th century, the inhabitants of Erskineville were mostly market gardeners, though brick making and tanning became dominant industries by the end of the century. In the early 1900s, manufacturing diversified and the suburb was a proud working-class inner city suburb, with a history of resistance and notoriety for street violence. These days, it is the epitome of a relaxed village lifestyle. The recent gentrification charge was lead by astute executives, who were drawn here because of the excellent public transport links and proximity to the Newtown restaurant scene. Erskineville is now a very desirable setting for young families and professionals alike.
Erskineville is now thoroughly presentable with its recently refurbished main street, Erskineville Road, and a classic mix of Art Deco and Victorian architecture. Housing is made up of Victorian cottages and small rows of tightly packed Victorian terraces, many of which display modern renovations that maximise the limited space and reflect a modern lifestyle.
Places to eat
You can get great food here at great prices and it’s just a short walk up to King Street for a wide range of inexpensive eats. There are several popular pubs, such as The Rose of Australia, The Erskineville Hotel and The Imperial Hotel (most famous as the dragshow pub in the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert); all within footsteps of each other and often featuring live music.
Leisure in Erskineville is usually confined to frequenting the fashionable cafes and above-mentioned entertainment venues. But for those who like to keep fit, there’s a series of parklands including Erskineville Oval and Sydney Park close by.
Schools & Education
Set opposite each other on Swanson Street are Erskineville Public and St Mary’s Catholic School and there’s easy access to Sydney University, Newington College, Trinity College and many state high schools.
When it comes to getting around without a car, Erskinevillians are spoilt for choice as there are three train stations servicing two different lines all within walking distance, plus city buses are frequent along King Street. Erskineville is located 5.5km from the CBD.