Saturday, 13 October 2012

Street Names: Liberty Street

Liberty Street, was formed prior to 1863.

Local legend says its name arose from people diverting here to avoid the threepenny toll for users of Cooks River Road (now King Street). (Sound familiar?)

Tollgate keeper Billy Meek at the toll-bar, King Street, at Newtown railway station c1870-72
City of Sydney Image Library

The St Josephs church history tells an anecdote of a certain judge who 'took almost childish delight in avoiding payment 'by driving through the pool that formed the boundary of the road' and then names Judges Forster, Josephson, Meynott and Attorney-General Therry.

Next time you're having to pay a toll .. remember this story:

The Newtown Toll-bar Case. (1880, June 19).
Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907),
p. 24. Retrieved September 29, 2012,

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